Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sometimes Agreement is worse than Disagreement

Patrick Buchannan's latest article takes President Bush to task for his appeasement comments in Israel. This is not as enticing a prospect as it first appears. First of all he takes Presiden Bush to task for criticizing Hitler's reasonable demands to get back Danzig and the Sudetenland. Not an auspicious start.

But then Buchannan notes how Ronald Reagan, a Conservative Hero, didn't seem to think it a foolish delusion to meet with the Communists. And Israelis seem to think sitting down with Palestinians, like Arafat, isn't the world's worst idea either. He concludes with this interesting argument.
. . . JFK's diplomacy in the missile crisis may have averted a nuclear war. And Eisenhower, Nixon, Gerald Ford and Reagan all met with foreign dictators with blood on their hands, without loss to America, and sometimes with impressive gains.

What has Bush's refusal to talk to Hamas, Hezbollah, Damascus and Tehran done to make either Israel or America more secure?
That's a damn good question.

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