BUSH BLASTS APPEASERS!! …Obama Campaign Whines… MORE- Pelosi Reacts
Yid With Lid has the whole speech posted.
President Bush delivered one of his historic speeches today to the Knesset in Jerusalem.
During the speech Bush took obvious offense to the Democratic plan of appeasing terrorists and withdrawing US troops from Iraq to Okinawa or some other distant “safe” place.
The AP posted the video on YouTube:
Carl in Jerusalem has more of the video.
From the White House website:
We believe that free people should strive and sacrifice for peace. So we applaud the courageous choices Israeli’s leaders have made. We also believe that nations have a right to defend themselves and that no nation should ever be forced to negotiate with killers pledged to its destruction. (Applause.)
We believe that targeting innocent lives to achieve political objectives is always and everywhere wrong. So we stand together against terror and extremism, and we will never let down our guard or lose our resolve. (Applause.)
The fight against terror and extremism is the defining challenge of our time. It is more than a clash of arms. It is a clash of visions, a great ideological struggle. On the one side are those who defend the ideals of justice and dignity with the power of reason and truth. On the other side are those who pursue a narrow vision of cruelty and control by committing murder, inciting fear, and spreading lies.
This struggle is waged with the technology of the 21st century, but at its core it is an ancient battle between good and evil. The killers claim the mantle of Islam, but they are not religious men. No one who prays to the God of Abraham could strap a suicide vest to an innocent child, or blow up guiltless guests at a Passover Seder, or fly planes into office buildings filled with unsuspecting workers. In truth, the men who carry out these savage acts serve no higher goal than their own desire for power. They accept no God before themselves. And they reserve a special hatred for the most ardent defenders of liberty, including Americans and Israelis.
And that is why the founding charter of Hamas calls for the “elimination” of Israel. And that is why the followers of Hezbollah chant “Death to Israel, Death to America!” That is why Osama bin Laden teaches that “the killing of Jews and Americans is one of the biggest duties.” And that is why the President of Iran dreams of returning the Middle East to the Middle Ages and calls for Israel to be wiped off the map.
There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the darkness in these men and try to explain away their words. It’s 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 that we should negotiate with the 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 I could only have talked to Hitler, all 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. (Applause.)
Some people suggest if the United States would just break ties with Israel, all our problems in the Middle East would go away. This is a tired argument that buys into the propaganda of the enemies of peace, and America utterly rejects it. Israel’s population may be just over 7 million. But when you confront terror and evil, you are 307 million strong, because the United States of America stands with you. (Applause.)
The Israeli people will no doubt miss President George W. Bush.
Actor Jon Voight (front R) listens to U.S. President George W. Bush during his speech to the Knesset in Jerusalem May 15, 2008. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)
UPDATE: Surprise! Obama cries foul– Says Bush is just playing on the “politics of fear.”
AP News reported:
“It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 6Oth anniversary of Israel’s independence to launch a false political attack,” Obama said in the statement. “George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the president’s extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.”
It’s always the politics of fear with Obama.
It’s his way of hoping to end the conversation.
Hmm… Isn’t it interesting that the Obama camp knew immediately that Bush was talking about them?
More… It looks like team Obama got caught trying to change history again.
UPDATE 2: Speaker Pelosi says this was beneath the dignity of the office(?):
The White House insists that Bush was “referring to a wide range of people, not any single person.” But Obama’s campaign says it appeared to be a swipe at him, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Bush’s remarks were “beneath the dignity of the office of the president and unworthy of our representation” at the celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary.
Apparently, the Democrats believe that attacking appeasers is out of bounds.
Here’s a nice reminder of unworthy representation…
Hat tip to the Power Line Forum
Democrats would do better to cut the chatter…
The more they squawk- The more Bush looks right.
UPDATE 3: More Leftist appeasement outrage.
Don’t tread on retreat!
UPDATE 4: Great line— “Perhaps we’d all find Barack’s stance against meeting with terrorists a lot more sincere if he wasn’t friends with several, kicking off his political career at their house.”
UPDATE 5: Oh brother, Joe Biden jumps in– “Bush’s comments were ‘bullsh*t'”