"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," said Bush, in what White House aides privately acknowledged was a reference to calls by Obama and other Democrats for the U.S. president to sit down for talks with leaders like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"We have heard this foolish delusion before," Bush said in remarks to the Israeli Knesset. "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."
So, does this mean we can finally end his thread and go on to something else?
In a reply to Bush's screed, Obama pointed out that Kennedy, Nixon, and Reagan all managed to rely successfully on negotiation and diplomacy in foreign policy without becoming "appeasers."
Obama didn't mention, although I'm not sure I'd blame him if he did, that part of the Bush family fortune came from grandfather Prescott Bush's connection to businesses that traded with Nazi Germany, some as late as 1942, in violation of the Trading with the Enemy Act.
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