President Bush made some comments that really offended Barack Obama and his supporters. The President was at the Israeli Knesset celebrating the State of Israel's 60th birthday.
There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the darkness in these men and try to explain their words away. This is natural. But it is deadly wrong. As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century.
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. 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 - the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.
Sister Toldjah has a great post on the fallout and Rick Moran provides must read commentary.
This is pro-forma stuff when it comes to an American president speaking in Israel, hardly headline grabbing fodder for the wires. Except Bush added a little something extra - a necessary warning given we have a putative candidate for president whose ideas about diplomacy include sitting down with Syria and Iran "without preconditions" and talk about peace in the Middle East.Sister Toldjah and Moran both point out the ludicrous "fake outrage" from those on the left complaining that the President made his comments on foreign soil. Unfreakingbelievable. If they had not lapped up the vile garbage Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, John Kerry and others have spewed about this President on foreign soil they might have a shred of credibility. Are they really this stupid or do they just play that way on t.v.? As long as their followers don't catch on I guess they can say all the outrageous and stupid things they want. It doesn't appear that anyone in the MSM is going to call them on it.
It does no good to try and deny Obama said this and meant it. It was not taken out context, twisted, distorted, or otherwise folded, spindled, or mutilated in any way. If the candidate wants to change his position that's fine. He can say he made a mistake, that he realizes now he should probably have thought that answer to the debate question through a little more.
But no. Obama insists he never said what he obviously said - in other words, either a man divorced from reality or a bald faced liar. And of course, his worshipful sycophants on the left have bought into this ludicrousness.
As Sister Toldjah put it:
I don't know what's worse: The mediots being completely in the tank for this guy, the fact that nearly half the electorate has been hoodwinked by his charm and engaging style, or that the man himself is either a) willfully ignorant of the truth and along with that routinely and intentionally tries to mislead the American people about 75% of the time he is speaking, or b) really doesn't know any better when he opens his mouth.
Once upon a time I'd have selected "b" - but knowing what we know now about Barack Obama, and how he'll say anything in order to win over the hearts and minds of the American electorate, I have no hesitation in selecting "a." He can't possibly be that dense to not know that so much of what he says on the campaign trail is either a gross misrepresentation of the truth or a flat out lie. Rather, he just counts on many of his supporters being stuck on stupid. And so far on that front, unfortunately, he's been right on the money.