In my opinion, George W. Bush's words to the Israeli Knesset will go down in history along with Ronald Reagan's "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Watch the video and see if you don't agree.
Here, from the Breitbart.com article "Obama says Bush falsely accuses him of appeasement", is a transcript of the key portion of his speech – the portion which, not surprisingly, has Obama and his Democrat apologists running for the cameras and microphones to whine, like the weenies they are, to their friends in the MSM:
"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."
I wonder, first, why any American not infected with terminal Bush Derangement Syndrome would take offense at this speech, undoubtedly one of the finest that President Bush has ever delivered, and second, why Barack Obama immediately assumed that the president was referring to him. Truly, "the guilty flees when no man pursueth; the righteous stand as bold as a lion."
5/18/08 UPDATED AND BUMPED: Wesley Pruden, the Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Times, has a colorful and unique way with words. In "A little rock hits a noisy target," he has applied his rhetorical skills to this situation with devastating results. Here's a small sample:
"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," he said. "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 — which has been repeatedly discredited by history."
How could anyone with even a Classic Comics understanding of history quarrel with that? Who could doubt that negotiating with terrorists is an exercise for fools? Who doubts that we've heard delusional appeasement talk all through history? Who would quarrel with the proposition that "the comfort of appeasement" has been repeatedly discredited by history? Where better to say this than to those who live with the risks and perils of appeasement of Islamist thugs in the Middle East?
Well, a lot of prominent Democrats, beginning with Barack Obama, that's who. The orator prince of the South Side of Chicago was reduced to splutter and slash. "It is sad ... this false political attack ... it's time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally in Israel."