Obama’s “Lunch with a Madman” Approach to Foreign Policy

The words of President Bush on the 60th anniversary of IsraeI’s Statehood….

Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists…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.

Barack Obama is offended and says:

It is sad that President Bush would use a speech on the 6Oth anniversary of Israel’s independence to launch a false political attack……That is “exactly the kind of appalling attack that’s dividing our country and that alienates us from the world.”

Oh, really? 

First, he didn’t mention Obama by name…but Bush could have been talking about any Democrat out there today….they are all for talking our enemies to death!  It has proven so effective in the past…:)

And I guess the fact that terrorists killing 3000 of our citizens had nothing to do with divisions between the US and radical Islamic countries (not to mention terrorist groups).  I guess the fact that Ahmadinejad wants to blow Israel off the map is legitimate and helpful in this world we live in, huh?

And, further, Obama doesn’t count his reverend’s verbal attacks against our country and its citizens as divisive?  And talking about Obama’s peers….Is it “appalling” when Democrat leaders declare the war lost (when its not) or when Nancy Pelosi decides to don head gear and suck up to Assad in Syria (against the requests of the US government)? 

And in the words of Greg Gutfield at the Dailygut.com:

So let me get this straight: Obama thinks it’s wrong for Bush to say, on Israel’s birthday, that we shouldn’t appease enemies of Israel. Okay. Then, would it have been better for you, Obama, if Bush had echoed your words – that we should lunch with an Iranian madman who vows to wipe Israel off the map? That’s one hell of a birthday gift.

Get over yourself Obama….you’re in the big leagues now!

Besides all of his protestations, why the defensiveness?  Obama’s own website says he will TALK to friend an foe alike:

  • 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.
  • McCain has a good response to Obama’s misplaced defensiveness:

    “This does bring up an issue that we will be discussing with the American people, and that is, why does Barack Obama, Senator Obama, want to sit down with a state sponsor of terrorism?”

    Asked if Obama was an appeaser, McCain said Obama must explain why he wants to talk with leaders like Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and added that Obama’s position was a serious error. It shows naivete and inexperience and lack of judgment to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country that says Israel is a stinking corpse, that is dedicated to the extinction of the state of Israel. My question is, what does he want to talk about?”

    My guess is Barack would like to talk about the “legitimate issues” that Iran has with Israel and the destruction of that country….much like what he believes are “legitimate issues” articulated by Hezbollah and Hamas…..

    Obama’s own words (as taken from Confederate Yankee):

    The U.S. needs a foreign policy that “looks at the root causes of problems and dangers.” Obama compared Hezbollah to Hamas. Both need to be compelled to understand that “they’re going down a blind alley with violence that weakens their legitimate claims.”

    Obama is stuck on stupid with “root causes”….he sounds like his Reverend….falsely blaming groups of people for the failures of others…..Obama’s “root causes” theory for terrorists  does nothing more than legitimize the motives of hateful people for hateful causes….just like his Reverend! 

    From Confederate Yankee, here are two of the “issues” of Hamas and Hezbollah that Obama apparently thinks are legitimate:

    • From Hamas’ “Charter”: There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”
    • Hezbollah’s main goals are to fight against “western imperialism”, achieve the destruction of Israel, and establish Islamic rule in Jerusalem.

    Read the rest of the “legitimate claims” post by Confederate Yankee.  This blog clearly outlines what Hamas and Hezbollah believe….and asks the question, “What is legitimate about those beliefs Obama”?


    5 Responses

    1. I’m so sorry Obama, but if it is divisive to call Nazi’s, and radical muslims, and terrorists and bigots and racist preachers what they are then divisive I will remain.

    2. If Obama had better, or for that matter, ANY credibility that he would be willing to fight our enemies when necessary, then his argument of talking with our adversaries might carry more weight. Talking constructively with adversaries (I mean GOVERNMENTS here, not terrorists) is usually preferable than fighting. However, in order for such talks to have a chance of being even marginally productive, there must be the credible belief that some things will not go unchallenged.

      Nixon opened the door to diplomatic relations with Communist China. Both Nixon and Reagan regularly sat across the table from the most dangerous foreign threat this country had faced since the War of 1812…Soviet Russia. However, these two negotiated from a position of moral and military strength. With these two, our adversaries had no doubt of the willingness and ability to fight if it came to that.

      Contrast this with American foreign policy under FDR, Carter, and Clinton. Although FDR clearly viewed Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan as a threat, his position was severely weakened by the isolationists and appeasers in his own administration and Congress. Given the level of infighting, Germany and Japan were very skeptical that America possessed the stomach for war. Talking with them became pointless, but if they had been convinced that war with America was something REALLY bad, they might have reconsidered some of their actions. Carter was impotent, and Russia did much of what they wanted during his term because they knew, short of an invasion of Europe, that he wasn’t going to do anything. Iran acted with impunity in taking diplomats hostage…something that most countries with any significant military power would go to war over. Clinton tried to negotiate a nuclear agreement with N. Korea. It turned out a farce because there was no clear indication to the N. Koreans that there would be any consequence if they broke the agreement (and they did).

      Talking is not so much the issue as having the credibility that you’re going to do something else if the talks don’t go well. Obama lacks that credibility.

    3. GBS–
      Well said with a historical perspective….something the Dems don’t seem to consider.

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