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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Haha, good one, Paul. I’m sure GW didn’t attend public schools. How he ever graduated from college is beyond me, I’m guessing he had some “help”.
There is a lot of propaganda being taught in our school system unfortunately. The only way to learn is to pick up some books and “read more about it.”
Are you saying that GWB went to a public school? 😉
I don’t understand it when some Americans talk about being dragged into the war by Europe, or all this stuff about ‘you should be grateful to us for saving your asses’ either. America was all for appeasement until they were very reluctantly dragged into the war by Japan when they bombed Pearl Harbour, and it was Stalin’s Russia who truly broke the Third Reich, at a cost of over 20 MILLION lives. The main protagonists really were Germany, Russia, China and Japan, and most of the casualties were from those countries.
Some say that the Second World War really started with the Second Sino Japanese war of 1937-45. 20 MILLION people were lost in that conflict alone, nearly all of them Chinese.
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Paul, you hit it exactly, the US doesn’t teach history, nor much of anything else in its public school system.
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It was Chamberlain who declared war with Germany. If he’d declared war after Munich, Britain wouldn’t have been ready for a war against Germany’s huge military machine, and it would have fallen.
It’s incredibly crass, ignorant and insulting for Americans to talk about Chamberlain’s ‘appeasement’ considering America’s complete inertia over Hitler. Do they even teach history in American schools?
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