by Will Bunch
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I’ve seen a lot of sad things in American politics in my lifetime — the resignation of a president who became a national disgrace after he oversaw a campaign of break-ins and cover-ups, another who circumvented the Constitution to trade arms for hostages, and yet is now hailed as national hero. And those paled to what we have seen in the last seven years — flagrant disregard for the Constitution, the launching of a “pre-emptive” war on false pretenses, and discussions about torture and other shocking abuses inside the White House inner sanctum.
But now it’s come to this: A new low that I never imagined was even possible.
President Bush went on foreign soil today, and committed what I consider an act of political treason: Comparing the candidate of the U.S. opposition party to appeasers of Nazi Germany — in the very nation that was carved out from the horrific calamity of the Holocaust. Bush’s bizarre and beyond-appropriate detour into American presidential politics took place in the middle of what should have been an occasion for joy: A speech to Israeli’s Knesset to honor that nation’s 60th birthday.
h/t: After Downing Street
Bush attacks Obama in Israel
May 16th 2008 – President George W. Bush compares those who would talk with Iran to Nazi appeasers
US President George W. Bush launched what many say was a “political attack” against Democratic front-runner Barack Obama on Thursday when he addressed the Israeli parliament. Though he didn’t mention names, the statement seemed to be directed at Senator Obama’s willingness to meet with the leaders of Iran and Syria among others. Bush said that those who would negotiate are like people who said you could negotiate with Hitler.
White House spokespersons denied that the Knesset remark was aimed in any way at Obama. But leading Democrats were furious and struck back at Bush. Senator Joe Biden saying “This is bullshit, this is malarkey”, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying that “I would hope that any serious person, would disassociate themselves from the President’s remarks.” The Real News Network Analyst Pepe Escobar says that even Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has said that the US should negotiate with Iran:
Chris Matthews Tears Up Kevin James on Hardball
Chris Matthews shreds right wing talker Kevin James on Hardball who can’t tell him what Neville Chamberlain did wrong even though he’s trying to use Chamberlain as a right wing talking point.
h/t: Pissy Joey
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