Bush: Obama Would 'Appease' Terrorists
Obama: Bush 'politics of fear' haven't made US or Israel safer
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2008 10:57 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, speaks as he is joined by former Democratic presidential rival John Edwards.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – He didn't name names, but he didn't need to. President Bush used an appearance before Israel’s Knesset today to accuse Barack Obama of the “foolish delusion” that “we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals.” In comments aimed at Obama’s support among American Jews, CNN notes, the president compared the Democrat to Hitler appeasers, saying, "We have an obligation to call this what it is—the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."

Obama, in return, chided Bush for using the occasion to launch a "false political attack,"  and in general for an “extraordinary politicization of foreign policy,” CNN reports, adding, “the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.” He re-asserted his belief that, like “Kennedy, Nixon, and Reagan,” the US should “use all elements of American power—including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy” to pressure inhospitable countries.