Bush Suggests Obama and Democrats Want ‘Appeasement’ of Terrorists

art_bush0515_ap1.jpgSpeaking at Israel’s 60th anniversary celebration in Jerusalem today, Bush launched attack on Democrats “suggesting they favor “appeasement” of terrorists in the same way some Western leaders appeased Hitler in the run-up to World War II.”

He did not specifically “name Obama or any other Democrat, but White House aides privately acknowledged the remarks were aimed at the presidential candidate and others in his party,” in attempt to “raise doubts about Obama with Jewish Americans.”

The Caucus provides this excerpt of Bush’s speech that includes the veiled attack on Obama and Democrats:

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.

Some people suggest that if the United States would just break ties with Israel, all our problems in the Middle East would go away. This is a tired argument that buys into the propaganda of our enemies, and America rejects it utterly. Israel’s population may be just over 7 million. But when you confront terror and evil, you are 307 million strong, because America stands with you.

America stands with you in breaking up terrorist networks and denying the extremists sanctuary. And America stands with you in firmly opposing Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions. Permitting the world’s leading sponsor of terror to possess the world’s deadliest weapon would be an unforgivable betrayal of future generations. For the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.

The full text of Bush’s speech is here. Barack Obama released the following statement in response to Bush’s speech:

It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel’s independence to launch a false political attack. It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel. Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power – including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy – to pressure countries like Iran and Syria. George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the President’s extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.

And earlier “in a telephone interview on CNN, Robert Gibbs, the communications director for Senator Barack Obama, called Mr. Bush’s remarks “astonishing” and an “unprecendented political attack on foreign soil.””

Democratic leaders are notably up in arms over Bush’s remarks.

Senator John Kerry released the following statement in response to President Bush’s partisan attacks from Israel’s Knesset:

“President Bush is still playing the disgusting and dangerous political game Karl Rove perfected which is insulting to every American and disrespectful to our ally Israel.

“George Bush should be making Israel secure, not slandering Barack Obama from the Knesset. If George Bush believes engagement with Iran is appeasement, the first thing he should do when he comes home is demand the resignation of his own Cabinet. Secretary Gates and Secretary Rice have both favored negotiations with Iran.

“The bottom line is that George Bush’s policies have made America less safe. The Middle East is more unstable than it’s been in decades. Al Qaeda is reconstituted, Israel is more threatened, Hamas controls Gaza, Hezbollah threatens to take over Lebanon, Iran is stronger and Iraq is in chaos. America needs – and Israel deserves – presidential leadership that actually makes us safer and stronger.”

The Crypt reports that Senator Joe Biden “piling on to Democratic complaints about President Bush’s speech in Israel today”:

This is bullshit, this is malarkey. This is outrageous, for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country, to sit in the Knesset … and make this kind of ridiculous statement.”

And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that “Bush’s remarks were “beneath the dignity of the office of the president and unworthy of our representation” at the celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary.”

Among the other notable responses to Bush’s remarks is this post from Will Bunch: “President Bush committed political treason today.”

We can’t get Bush out of office soon enough. And John McCain is absolute Bush enabler — We must, simply must put a Democrat in the White House in November.

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14 Responses to Bush Suggests Obama and Democrats Want ‘Appeasement’ of Terrorists

  1. john stone says:

    This George Bush is more unbelievable every day! Also he recently said “That he went to war with Iraq because some people told him there were weapons of mass destruction.”
    Also he doesn’t play golf now because it would not look right to the families of the soldiers killed in Iraq. Does anyone remember how he and this adminsrtation led us to this war?
    This man distorts facts and is in denial about his failed presidency. If only John kerry was President now!

  2. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Exactly why we need Hillary Clinton and Obama’s communications are not experienced or is his foreign policy direction clarity ! Not without reguard for conditions prior to talks and agree with Clinton ! A book read a few years ago was interesting and it’s called,The Signature of God,Hand Writing of God by Grant Jeffery’s.”Keep your eyes on Israel.” The pages told of the Bible are unfolding as predicted ! To many signs and peace be with Israel !

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  4. Gilbert Martinez says:

    Good ol’ Joe Biden. I always liked his fighting spirit. He was a much better candidate than he was given credit for.

  5. What a sad couple of days. First, John Edwards, who knows that Senator Obama isn’t as ready to be president as Senator Clinton, endorses Obama.

    Second this nonsense from GWB. What a disgusting soul. I’m sorry I shouldn’t say anyone, even George W, has a disgusting soul. I’m certain his soul, in some heart centered place, is fine while his actions have been disgusting for years. This one takes the cake.

    And Joe Biden was a FAR BETTER choice than most knew at the time. He was short changed by the money. [Like Wes Clark in 2004….the one other person who should have been in this race.]

    What a sad couple of days. I’m beyond being frustrated.

  6. Honestly… anyone who thinks this would not have been directed at HRC if she were the frontrunner at this point should reflect back and the last 4 years or so. This has nothing to do with anything but Bush paving the way for the GOP assault on our candidate.

  7. Dan says:

    I agree with you Pamela. Bush is absolutely unbelievable… can’t wait til his term is over…

  8. Andy Witmyer says:

    “Good ol’ Joe Biden. I always liked his fighting spirit. He was a much better candidate than he was given credit for.”

    I agree. I donated $10 to his campaign. He was sincerely a great candidate and it’s a shame that he wasn’t really given much of a shot.

  9. Peace Out For Unity says:

    What does Obama want to discuss with them ? I liked McCain’s response on this. Ask questions !Tell America how you will communicate and handle foreign relations specifically senator Obama.Not every conclusion drawn from what is said and communicated is about political advantage when it comes to national security.Agree with what is said or not, but ask questions to clarify ! Obama is getting called down on his foreign policy experience and communications a lot ! Is Obama sending mixed signals based on his experience ? How will foreign relations and communications be handled ?Might not agree with president Bush and how he responded but think his intent was driven toward national security . Go in his office and ask him to clarify before you jump to conclusions on matters of peace,terrorists and Israel. Maybe political,maybe not and go find out and ask before you jump to conclusions on what was meant and what was not ,by words used and get tied up in political gain on an issue so serious.Is there any team up in Washington in politics when it comes to national security communication clarification ? Sorry,McCain scored for me on this one and all he said was,”Obama what do you want to talk to them about ?” How will you go about talking to them ? Fair question on national security and peace I thought .

  10. McCain made a speech today in which he postulated a U.S. victory in Iraq by no later than 2013. (Conveniently after the 2012 election.)

    My consistent challenge to the GWB apologists like McCain is to decribe in detail what a “victory” would look like. He attempts this by saying only that it would be characterized by a decreased level of Iraqi on Iraqi violence. This, of course, ignores the reality that even our complete and immediate withdrawl is virtually guaranteed to yield at least what he describes. The Democrats would lead us to Point A far more cheaply, and with no further loss of U.S. blood. The Republics would lead us to Point A (if their road map could even be trusted to take us there) at the costs of a trillion dollars or so extra, and with the deaths of god only knows how many additional U.S. military deaths.

    With all due respect, those folks arguing that McCain presents a superior choice to Sen. Obama are pure fools.

  11. gqmartinez says:

    I can’t say I’m surprised about Bush’s statement, he’s done this for a while now.

    Funny, how the pundits were salivating over Bush’s “Unity” message only 8 years ago from this guy: “uniter not a divider”. I didn’t buy it then, I and that nonsense doesn’t move me this time now that I’m older and wiser. It’s striking how quickly some forget; ironic that its the uneducated, working class are the ones who seem to remember it most.

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  13. mamameow says:

    george, PLEASE do not come home, we do not want you here. stay in israel, stay in saudia arabia, just don’t come back here. you are the most useless waste of space on this planet.

    just a little note, we got a tape of bin laden again. it seems that everytime the shrub is out of the country, we get a hello from bin laden.

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