"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," Bush told his audience.
He added, "We have an obligation to call this what it is -- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."
He even dragged Hitler into the same speech, seeming to imply that Obama would have probably wanted to appease the Nazis.
No, George, diplomacy is not appeasement. And diplomacy has not been repeatedly discredited by history. In fact, diplomacy is what has made possible today's modern globalized civil society, imperfect though it may be.
But there are some things that surely will be discredited by history.
Like using a national tragedy as an excuse to invade an oil-rich country that had nothing to do with that tragedy and which, at the time, posed no threat to the U.S. or our allies.
Like detaining our prisoners in the "war on terror" for years without due process, even though a study by Seton Hall University found that 55 percent of Gitmo detainees are not determined to have committed any hostile acts against the United States or its coalition allies.
Like authorizing the use of torture in interrogations, even though it is illegal and immoral, and even though it doesn't work, and even as you look into the camera and tell the world, "We do not torture."
Like warrantless wiretapping of American citizens.
Like outing a covert CIA agent -- one who, incidentally (and ironically), was responsible for ensuring that the bad guys (Iran, Iraq, etc.) did not get nuclear weapons.
Like vetoing a bill that would provide health care for children because it would necessitate a raise in cigarette taxes.
Like vacationing while New Orleans was drowning.
And like arrogantly refusing to engage in diplomatic discussions with anyone you disagree with.
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