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Obama Set to Bankrupt US, Appease Foes

Wrongheaded policies to be on display at UN, G20 meetings

(Newser) - President Obama's agenda can be summed up as "beggar thy neighbor, bankrupt thy country, and appease thy foe," as can be seen in his plans for summit meetings this week, Bret Stephens writes in the Wall Street Journal. The president chairs a UN Security Council meeting on... More »

Pawlenty Rips Obama's Pre-9/11-Style 'Appeasement'

Blasts talks with Iran, N. Korea, says similar moves didn't stop Nazis, Soviets, terrorists

(Newser) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a possible Republican presidential contender in 2012, tonight compared President Obama’s diplomatic moves on Iran, North Korea and the missile shield to pre-World War II and pre-9/11 “appeasement,” Politico reports. “The lessons of history are clear,” he told Christian conservatives. “... More »

Dropping Missile Shield Is Jab at Bush—Not US Allies

Obama & Co. see Russia, Iran threats differently

(Newser) - President Obama’s decision to shelve the missile shield for Eastern Europe is appeasement only to those obsessed with “legacy threats” like Russia, Marc Ambinder writes for the Atlantic. Obama believes the threat from Iran was overstated by President Bush, and that the shield technology wasn’t a sure... More »

JFK Negotiated (and Got His Butt Kicked)

1961 summit with Khrushchev holds lessons for Obama

(Newser) - On the campaign trail, Barack Obama often invokes a JFK maxim—"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate"—to back up his commitment to talk to America's enemies. But in a Times op-ed, two writers observe that Kennedy learned a tough... More »

Lieberman, Hagel Cross Aisles to Pound Candidates

Senators cross party lines with foreign policy criticism

(Newser) - Joe Lieberman and Chuck Hagel are fighting a duel of aisle-crossing foreign policy critiques, as the former Dem candidate takes aim at Obama and the GOP heavyweight scolds McCain. “How did the Democratic Party get here?” Joe asks in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, accusing Barack of kow-towing to... More »

Goldwater Vs. JFK Echoes in '08

Obama vs. McCain recalls race that never happened in '64

(Newser) - The coming Obama/McCain matchup is an echo of another presidential bout, David Talbot writes for Salon—one that never happened between JFK and Barry Goldwater in 1964. Then as now, a young idealist takes on a seasoned ex-soldier over negotiation with hostile governments, to debate a fundamental question of whether... More »

Politicians, Give Hitler a Rest

No good can come when statesmen of any stripe invoke the Third Reich

(Newser) - Politicians just can’t stop invoking Hitler to make their points, complains Anne Applebaum on Slate. President Bush did it last week, saying negotiating with “terrorists and radicals” was tantamount to 1930s Nazi appeasement. It was a ridiculous statement, “giving tactical choices a phony moral grounding.” But... More »

White House Blasts NBC Over Interview Edit

'Deceitful' cut took Bush out of context, counselor complains

(Newser) - The White House went after NBC yesterday, accusing the network of doctoring a recent interview with President Bush, the Hill reports. Asked if comments about Iran were directed at Democratic candidate Barack Obama, Bush declined to answer directly, but White House counselor Ed Gillespie says the interview was purposely edited... More »

Surprise! Foreign Policy, Round 1, Goes to Obama

Unlike other Dems, Obama can win on war issues

(Newser) - Barack Obama 1, Republicans 0—and on foreign policy, no less. Michael Tomasky marvels in the Guardian at Obama's recent clash with President Bush, who blasted Obama for proposing talks with Iran "without preconditions." Aren't Democrats supposed to be easy targets on foreign policy? Apparently not when they... More »

Hitler Donnybrook Rocks Hardball

Matthews not appeased by conservative radio host's history gaps

(Newser) - There's been an outcry from the Dems over President Bush's "appeasement" comments but the shouting was loudest on last night's Hardball, the Huffington Post reports. Radio host Kevin James sang the praises of Bush's remarks comparing Barack Obama's planned outreach to Iran to Nazi appeasement. But after being asked... More »

Dems Furious Over Bush 'Appeasement' Zinger

Anger over Bush's remarks to Knesset unite Democrats

(Newser) - Democrats stood shoulder-to-shoulder in fury yesterday to lash President Bush for indicating that Barack Obama is like a Nazi appeaser because he supports outreach to countries like Iran. Even Hillary Clinton leaped to her rival's defense, Reuters reports. "President Bush's comparison of any Democrat to Nazi appeasers is both... More »

Bush vs. Obama: It's Just the Start

Expect more disputes between them in the general election

(Newser) - When the president set off a political firestorm today by essentially likening Barack Obama to those who appeased the Nazis, he likely presaged a common theme in the general election, writes Massimo Calabresi in Time. Bush is trying to stay relevant—no better way than to inject himself in the... More »

Bush: Obama Would 'Appease' Terrorists

Obama: Bush 'politics of fear' haven't made US or Israel safer

(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,... More »

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