Friday, May 16, 2008

Watching Out For The "O" Word

OK, am I missing something here? I've read this entire statement by President Bush about a dozen times, and I still can't find the magic word:

There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the darkness in these men and try to explain away their words. It's natural, but it is deadly wrong. As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century.

Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the 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 I could only have talked to Hitler, all 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 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 the enemies of peace, and America utterly rejects it.

OK, where is Senator Obama in this statement? The only senator it references, Borah of Idaho (a prominent pre-WWII appeaser) is a Republican. Meanwhile, the attitudes President Bush is bemoaning are held by thousands of American liberals. So why did Sen. Obama leap forward to seize the insult?

I think it's a calculated political move. Sen. Obama's position on Iran is dumb, and he knows it. It's just boob bait for the bubbas of But picking a fight with President Bush is a great political strategy. An Obama vs. McCain race is close. But an Obama vs. Bush race is a Democratic landslide.

In other words, this is all politics.

But there is one profound question raised by this story: What part of the statement above does Sen. Obama disagree with?