Friday, May 16, 2008

President Stupid Campaigns for Obama in Israel

Bush addressed the Israeli Knesset yesterday and accused Obama of appeasing terrorists. He compared Obama's intent to conduct diplomacy with enemies as well as friends to Neville Chamberlain's (and France and Italy's) decision to cede part of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany in 1938.

President Stupid, C+ Augustus himself, a legacy admission and hard partier, apparently missed the part of his Ivy League education where "appeasement" and "diplomacy" were defined:

Appeasement, literally: calming, reconciling, acquiring peace by way of concessions or gifts...
Diplomacy is the art and practice of conducting negotiations between representatives of groups or states.

Talking does not mean giving away gifts or concessions. Apparently President Stupid missed that distinction. So did John W. McSame, 5th from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy, also a legacy admission (son and grandson of admirals) and hard partier. "[McSame] used the opportunity to argue again that Obama's willingness to negotiate shows he is naive and inexperienced in the ways of foreign policy."

Yeah, negotiation would be a terrible course. Foolish warmongering has been working out so well for the past eight years. Not that Private Plane McCain has had to pump gas since he married Multimillionaire Heiress Cindy McCain 25 years ago.

Of course, McCain was for talks with Hamas in 2006. Before he decided to throw all his previous positions into the wind to get the Republicans nomination for President, he had this exchange on Sky News:

Two years ago, just after Hamas won the Palestinian parliamentary elections, I interviewed McCain for the British network Sky News's "World News Tonight" program. Here is the crucial part of our exchange:

I asked: "Do you think that American diplomats should be operating the way they have in the past, working with the Palestinian government if Hamas is now in charge?"

McCain answered: "They're the government; sooner or later we are going to have to deal with them, one way or another, and I understand why this administration and previous administrations had such antipathy towards Hamas because of their dedication to violence and the things that they not only espouse but practice, so . . . but it's a new reality in the Middle East. I think the lesson is people want security and a decent life and decent future, that they want democracy. Fatah was not giving them that."

Joe Biden has been all over the airwaves skewering President Stupid and defending Obama. Perhaps auditioning for Secretary of State? He's looked good on this issue, but I cringe remembering his clumsy questioning of Supreme Court nominees Roberts and Alito, or the dozens of times he pronounced we had "one last shot" at getting it right in Iraq.

Hillary also stepped up nicely in defense of the opponent who has vanquished her. (Word is that Clinton advisers are planning her exit strategy. Making with nice with Obama and attacking McCain are an excellent way to start. In the same vein, she also stated yesterday that voting for McCain over Obama would be a "terrible mistake". No kidding.)

It will be nice to have a smart President again. Please God let our long national nightmare, George W. Bush, be history in November.

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