In his victory speech after the North Carolina primary, Sen. Barack Obama said something that is all the more remarkable for how little it has been remarked upon.
In defending his stated intent to meet with America’s enemies without preconditions, Sen. Obama said: “I trust the American people to understand that it is not weakness, but wisdom to talk not just to our friends, but to our enemies, like Roosevelt did, and Kennedy did, and Truman did.”
That he made this statement, and that it passed without comment by the journalists covering his speech indicates either breathtaking ignorance of history on the part of both, or deceit.
I assume the Roosevelt to whom Sen. Obama referred is Franklin D. Roosevelt. Our enemies in World War II were Nazi Germany, headed by Adolf Hitler; fascist Italy, headed by Benito Mussolini, and militarist Japan, headed by Hideki Tojo. FDR talked directly with none of them before the outbreak of hostilities, and his policy once war began was unconditional surrender.
FDR died before victory was achieved, and was succeeded by Harry Truman. Truman did not modify the policy of unconditional surrender. He ended that war not with negotiation, but with the atomic bomb.
Harry Truman also was president when North Korea invaded South Korea in June, 1950. President Truman’s response was not to call up North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung for a chat. It was to send troops.
Perhaps Sen. Obama is thinking of the meeting FDR and Churchill had with Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in Tehran in December, 1943, and the meetings Truman and Roosevelt had with Stalin at Yalta and Potsdam in February and July, 1945. But Stalin was then a U.S. ally, though one of whom we should have been more wary than FDR and Truman were. Few historians think the agreements reached at Yalta and Potsdam, which in effect consigned Eastern Europe to slavery, are diplomatic models we ought to follow. Even fewer Eastern Europeans think so.
When Stalin’s designs became unmistakably clear, President Truman’s response wasn’t to seek a summit meeting. He sent military aid to Greece, ordered the Berlin airlift and the Marshall Plan, and sent troops to South Korea.
Oh yeah, Obama plans to have a regular kaffee klatch with Hezbollah, Hamas, what’s left of Al Qaeda and Taliban, FARC, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Hugo Chavez. He’d probably rent the Lincoln Bedroom to Bin Ladin.
Somewhere, Neville Chamberlain is smiling.
BTW: He’s ‘been to 57 states’ in the U.S.
I wonder where he acquired the extra seven.
The Democrats and the leftwing media fall all over themselves portaying this asshat as a Christ-like sex symbol. The Hildabeast has been tossed overboard by his legion of groupies in the DNC, so it looks as if he’ll get their nomination.
Barak Hussein Obama is a radical socialist who has terrorists for friends, and some admirers who are the worst fecal matter on the planet.
They’ve gone from Gore to Obama. From bad to worse. That’s what the Democrats have to offer as a Presidential candidate.
Congratulations Dems, you’ve reaped what you’ve sown.
We’ll make sure you don’t inflict it on the rest of us.