Bush Speech Irks Obama, Dems

by Ryan on May 15, 2008

in Blogs,Election 2008,Politics,War on Terror

President Bush was giving a speech to the Israeli Knesset commemorating the 60th birthday of Israel.  One of the most traumatic events in the history of the Jews and an integral part of the history of the state of Israel was the Holocaust, which only happened because of the horrors of World War II.  That war began as a result of years of appeasement towards Hitler and the Nazis.  “Never again” has been the mantra from the Israelis and Jews all over the world ever since.

So, Bush brought up this concept in his speech today, especially in lieu of the modern dangers of Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda on Israel:

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

Somehow, Obama thought this was a swipe at Obama. 

The campaign and the national Dems subsequently flipped out in an amazing knee-jerk fashion: calling these remarks a ”false political attack,” (Obama), ”bullsh*t” (from the intellectual Joe Biden), an “embarrassment to our country” (Dean), “outrageous and offensive” (She Who Must Not Be Named), and that “serious” people would distance themselves from the remarks (Pelosi), and so forth.

Jumping on the Dems’ knee-jerk reaction, here’s how McCain responded:

“I think Barack Obama needs to sit down and explain why he wants to talk with a man who is the head of a government that is a state sponsor of terror, that is responsible for the killing of brave young Americans, who wants to wipe Israel off the map, denies the Holocaust. That is what I think that Senator Obama ought to explain to the American people….

“It is a serious error on the part of Senator Obama that shows naiveté and inexperience and lack of judgment to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country who says that Israel is a stinking corpse, that is dedicated to the extinction of Israel. My question is what does he want to talk about?”

Here’s the catch, though, which makes McCain’s point.  This is quoted directly from Obama’s website under the section “Renewing American Diplomacy”:

Talk to our Foes and Friends: Obama is willing to meet with the leaders of all nations, friend and foe. He will do the careful preparation necessary, but will signal that America is ready to come to the table, and that he is willing to lead. And if America is willing to come to the table, the world will be more willing to rally behind American leadership to deal with challenges like terrorism, and Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs.”

Um.  Right.  That’s modern appeasement and naivete articulated perfectly.  As if talking to radical jihadists will get them to suddenly stop hating Jews, they’d take off the suicide belt, and they’d stop planning to annihilate Israel in the name of Allah.  Wow!  That was easy!

Now I get it — the Dems are scared to death that people are going to pay attention to an actual policy position Obama has, couching it in “President Bush is bad and McCain should condemn him,” even though the real story here is not Bush (as the Dems would like), it’s Obama’s knee-jerk reaction which seems to have hit a nerve! 

Hat tip Drudge.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Godfather May 15, 2008 at 4:07 pm

The Dem’s don’t have any real policy positions. That is, I think, what will kill them in November.

Godfather (theslowbleed.com)

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trollfighter May 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Obama might have thought it was a wipe at Obama, since all the national media claimed it was a swipe at Obama.

And – oh yeah – it WAS a swipe at Obama. But what do you expect from a Nazi??

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Mike May 15, 2008 at 6:05 pm

What do we expect from a speech by a Nazi? My guess is that we would see a speech that would be poorly received by a Parliament dominated by Jews. Those Kinesset members, who have more knowledge of the Nazis than they would like and certainly more knowledge than you, had no problem with what Bush said. I suggest you pick up a history book.

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trollfighter May 15, 2008 at 7:47 pm

(I don’t think they were thinking of GW’s grand pappy, as I was….)

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Mike May 15, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Like I said. I suggest you pick up a history book, not the eight million degrees of separation you read on Kos or whatever they sell underneath that rock of yours. This story has been debunked countless times. When it comes to Nazi connections, I’ll side with the Anti-Defamation League over your uninformed self.

Normally, I say “nice try” when a lib is full of it, but this time I honestly can’t. Your attempt was beyond beyond pathetic.

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Chris May 15, 2008 at 10:55 pm

I don’t know where to start…let’s see…here are a few quick hits.

Liberal Keyword/phrase: Republicans are Nazis…totally ridiculous. It’s the Republicans who are the better friends to Israel and won’t allow them to be pushed into the sea. It’s the Republicans who are against the big government practices that was frequently used in Nazi Germany. It’s the Republicans that are against the policies that would threaten Israel’s security. We’ve seen this intellectually weak garbage spewed as far back as Giuliani’s mayoral term in NYC (probably even further than that) and it was total bunk then and it’s total bunk now.

Obama is getting testy because, first, he’s a little narsisstic primadonna who is loving the attention he is getting and cannot resist the opportunity to get more, especially from the “thrill up my leg,” driveby media that is in the tank for him. Furthermore, he knows his foreign policy beliefs align with Neville Chamberlain and Jimmah Carter, the two biggest appeasers in history that created two of the worst problems in recent history. To wish to talk to someone as vile and disgraceful as Amadenijiad is ludicrious…the same Mahmoud Amadenijiad who doesn’t believe the Holocaust occured, the same Mahmoud Amadenijiad who wants to wipe Israel off the map.

And I’ve noted the hypocrisy of the kneejerks…the same kneejerks who have no problem going to a foreign country to insult a siting president (e.g. Jimmah) but scream bloody murder when they perceive a true statement to be a direct knock on their presidential candidate.

This is almost too easy.

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