JERUSALEM — President Bush used a speech to the Israeli Parliament on Thursday to issue a veiled rebuke to Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential contender, who has argued that the United States should negotiate with countries like Iran and Syria.
TPJ: Well we have seen under Bush what happens when we don't talk to our enemies, we end up in war. I guess he would rebuke Ronald Reagan for engaging in talks with the Soviets who were more powerful than Iran could ever hope to be.
The Republicans love to talk about how Reagan helped bring and end to the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union. However, without engaging in talks to build trust, I don't think the Cold War would have ended as easily. I don't agree with a lot of what Reagan stood for but I do admire him for talking with our enemies. Even Nixon knew the importance of direct talks when he went to China to secure a better relationship.
The Bush spokespeople are saying his comments weren't addressed at him but Obama is the only candidate in the race who is willing to engage in talks with Iran and Syria to build trust which without, peace and reconciliation is nearly impossible. In addition, the attack on talking with our enemies assumes that those talks wouldn't have some teeth to them and that Obama would just buckle to all their demands and be manipulated to give away a piece of America or something ludicrous. That is such a cheap shot but Bush has perfected the art of the cheap shot.
Bush has said that he doesn't want to engage in the '08 campaign and yet here he is attacking Obama over-seas which breaks a long held position that partisanship stops at the waters edge and if this wasn't bad enough he used the 60th anniversary of the state of Israel to level this slander. One would think that the America president, our representative of American commitment to Israel would honor the anniversary and the effort of the Israeli people to maintain their culture. Then again we're talking about George W. Bush here who doesn't have a statesman like quality in his squeaky toy brain. Perhaps the worst part is that he compared talking to Iran like a senator in America who wanted to talk to Hitler as WWII began. I don't find it a coincidence that Bush used the specific example of Nazi's while talking to the Israeli parliament.
The other point that needs to be addressed here is that Bush does not have any clout to level such charges. He and his policies of blowing shit up instead of talking has done basically nothing to solve the issues surrounding the Israerali-Iran, Syria tensions. In fact, his cowboy diplomacy that he is still advocating has only made us less safe here in America as well as making the world more dangerous. It is beyond arrogant of him to criticize diplomacy when his method has only made things worse. Obviously he hasn't heard that famous definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.
President Dumb Ass knows that Obama does not support talking with terrorist groups such as Hamas and yet he here hinting as such a claim. Bush knows well that Obama supports the free state of Israel and is trying to whip of a controversy to try and drive a wedge between Barack and the Jewish community. Barack Obama, however, has long held strong ties to the Jewish community and absolute unequivically backs Israel as a strong, loyal and important ally.
As usual Bush blows the opportunity given him via the chance to speak before the Israeli parliament to talk about ways to bring about peace amongst the two groups. Instead, he wastes their time and his opportunity trying to score petty political points back home. He then basically contradicted his own attack by saying this later in the speech, "Overall, the Middle East will be characterized by a new period of integration and tolerance," Mr. Bush said.
Yeah tolerance is gained through trust and trust is hard to bring about with the barrel of a gun or a hell fire missile. True and lasting trust is brought forth through good old fashioned talking. I know--this is something foreign to President Winchester. I guess the days of doing cocaine are catching up to him because we are currently talking to a state sponsor of terrorism in North Korea.
Robert Gibbs, the communications director for Senator Barack Obama had this to say, "I assume he also is going to come home and fire his secretary of defense, who was quoted in “The Washington Post” just yesterday saying, we need to figure — quote “We need to figure out a way to develop some leverage and then sit down and talk with them.” “Them” being Iran."
I'm glad that the Obama campaign is jumping on this and not letting the Republicans "swift boat" him.
John McCain says that it is naive to talk to Iran and says such a position shows that Obama is inexperienced. Hmmm, I'm waiting then for McBush to say the same of his supposed hero, Ronald Reagan who apparently was naive by talking to the USSR as I mentioned above. It's clearly a partisan attack to criticize a Democrat who advocates such talks but not your Republican hero. Yet. Yet, McCain said earlier in the week that we need to end partisan attacks!! "I'm not interested in partisanship that serves no other purpose than to gain a temporary advantage over our opponents." What a head case.
Some Republicans are now saying that the president can attack any American from over-seas in any venue he sees fit but that it's not o.k. for anyone to attack the president while he's over-seas. This is your typical, Washington D.C. game and exactly the reason why we need change. Our policies over the last 8 years have been proved outdated, dangerous and wrong.
This underscores how out-of-touch the Republicans have become, even from their own "supporters." As of yesterday, Democrats have won 3 special elections held in strong Republican districts in a row. The GOP should be nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof about this. Because is these elections are any indication, they will be beat pretty badly in November.
Leave it to Bush to drop a big stinking turd in the punch bowl.
Oh yeah and John Edwards endorsed Obama yesterday, is it the nail in Hillary's coffin? Will it help Obama in Kentucky? Only time will tell. Also, today Barack Obama picked up four of the John Edwards delegates after yesterday's endorsement. As well as another super delegate and the endorsement of the United Steelworkers union.
Addendum: Thanks to Jolly Roger for the McSame gif that you can now see at the top right of the blog.
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