President George Bush was invited to speak before the Knesset of Israel on a joyous occasion to mark the nation’s 60th birthday, but he could not help using this occasion in order to play political games. He made clear that Barack Obama’s intention to sit down and discuss issues with leaders, including the president of Iran, was an example of appeasement. “Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals,” said Bush, “as if some ingenius argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.” He then referred to appeasement of Hitler as an example of why that is a wrong road to peace.
Barack Obama returned the fire by commenting: “George Bush knows that I have never supported engagemnt with terrorists and the president’s extraordinary politisation of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American peoplle of or stalwart ally Israel.”
George Bush is a great admirer of President Ronald Reagan, the same man who negotiated with terrorists in his discussions with Soviet leaders. Throughout the Cold War, American presidents sat down with leaders of the Soviet Union who were aiding terrorist groups because it made logical sense. Richard Nixon initiated relations with Communist China and its leader, Mao tse-tung who most probably caused the death of over 20 million people. Was Nixon an “appeaser?” Barack Obama is perfectly correct in continuing the successful American foreign policy since 1945 of discussing issues with our enemies. As the great British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once put it: “Jaw, jaw, not war, war.”