May 15th, 2008
04:11 PM ET
7 years ago

Blitzer: Bush injects himself into Democratic politics

Blitzer: Bush seemed to be suggesting that Democrats wouldn't be tough enough on terror
Blitzer: Bush seemed to be suggesting that Democrats wouldn't be tough enough on terror

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Whether it was deliberate or not, President Bush now has directly interfered in the Democratic presidential battle in this final stage of the nominating process. His Knesset speech in Jerusalem on the 60th anniversary of Israel’s independence was widely seen as raising serious last-minute warnings about Barack Obama’s foreign policy strategy.

“Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along,” he said, without referring to Obama by name. “We have heard this foolish delusion before.”

And then, the president dropped the bombshell – making the comparison to the appeasement of Hitler and the Nazis.

His remarks were seen as a direct condemnation of Obama’s assertion that he, as president, would be willing to meet directly with the leaders of Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela – among others.

There is no doubt that Obama’s critics, especially Republicans, want to raise questions about his readiness to be commander in chief. They think that his experience is limited. They also say that on many national security issues, he’s a blank slate.

So is he president’s assertion in Jerusalem his way of raising some flags even at this last moment? I don’t know. I do know that those kinds of pointed words don’t get into a carefully-drafted presidential speech without a lot of consideration and discussion.

Should the next U.S. president meet with the leaders of Iran, N. Korea, and Venezuela among others? Add your comment below or vote here. AOL breaks the vote down state-by-state.


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soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Bob from Louisiana

    "Ask not what your country can spew for you, ask what you can spew for your country!"

    May 15, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. William

    It's simple math:
    GWB = POS

    The entire current administration should be turned over to the World Court for crimes against Humanity.

    May 15, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Lisa in Pennsylvania

    I thought Republicans lived by the Bible. Jesus said "to make peace with your enemies".
    Maybe Georgie should read the Bible more since he isn't playing golf!

    May 15, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    In view of the fact that Bush's grandfather helped create his family's great wealth by arranging arms sales to the Nazi army EVEN AS British and American troops fought to liberate Europe from Hitler's scourge, "The Decider" would do well to NOT bring up any mention of that era at all. Plus, like Hilter, Bush has defied international law and invaded a sovereign nation that posed no threat, toppled its government and installed puppets and has attempted a long term occupation of it as a base of power and to control its resources...looks like war criminals run deep in the Bush family that to this day is in bed with the Saudis that sponsoted and funded the 9-11 attacks.

    May 15, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Howard

    No matter how outraged the democrats are acting, I see an accurate comparison between those, like Chamberlain, who wanted to appease Hitler, and Obama, who wants to appease Islamic terrorists such as Amadinajad, Hamas, and Hezbolah ... all of whom are committed to our demise). All of these tyrants only understand strength. America's leadership in the world needs to be strong, not based upon negotiating with tyrants, bullies, and demagogues.

    May 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. ColoradoDem

    The Idiot-In-Chief's opinions should be muzzled – only what, 27% of us actually approve of him? Hmmm...

    Let there be direct aggressive diplomacy - NOT MORE WAR!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. John, Brooklyn, NY

    We Democrats are more than happy to have Mr. Bush insert himself into the process. Considering his Mr. Bush's laundry list of foreign policy debacles, defeating McCain will be so much easier if we can genuinely say that a vote for McCain is an endorsement of the status quo in the White House.

    May 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Real Change

    That little village in Texas is still missing it's idiot.

    May 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Les From Lakeland, FL

    Wolf,
    Why do you never question the intellectual integrity of your pundits? During the first hour of today's show you allow the Republican pundit to define "apppeasement" as exactly what Sen. Obama proposes by engaging our enemies in diplomatic conversation. That has nothing to do with appeasement prior to World War II.

    The term is mostly linked to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's who thought giving in to Hitler's terrritorial claims, most significantly Czechoslovakia, prior to the invasion of Poland. It was Chamberlain's belief that by returning some of the land that historically was once part of Germany would halt further territorial expansion by Hitler. Also, one of the reasons Hitler was able to gain power in Germany in the first place was because of the stiff penalties against Germany in the Treaty of Versailles. Penalties that left Germany economically, politically, and psychologically devastated. Of course, in hindsight, we realized that Hitler's terrritorial ambitions went well beyond restoring Germany from World War I devastation.

    However, the great historian George W. Bush, now equates this to Sen. Obama's belief that foreign policy objectives are best achieved by engaging our enemies diplomatically from a position of power instead of idly making threats. It has nothing whatsoever to do with appeasement prior to World War II.

    May 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. yao

    Please check Bush head he needs help, he stop playing golf for slained Armys and now this...was he drunk this time. and Bible said make peace with enemy.

    May 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Barbara

    I think it was a very wise statement. Maybe Bush didn't write it.

    May 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Sharon

    Bush's comments about "appeasement" are merely more of the same from a man who's not only incompetent and out of touch, but who also hasn't a clue how to behave when he has the world's ear. Shameful.

    Does anyone remember when the pope was visiting the U.S. and Bush patted him on the back and told him, "Good speech"??? He said that to the Pope! And then Laura a wore a suit the same color as the Pope's rainment when she and her fellow-dimwit husband waved from a balcony or some such place with the Pope.

    Bush has the proud distinction of not only being a horse's butt, but a stupid one, as well.

    May 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Freida NYC

    I tried posting my comments on the Edwards/Obama ticker, but it was closed. So I am going to post it here:

    I saw it coming!

    Man's biggest fear is to have a woman in a powerful position. I don't care what anybody says...this is pure sexism!!!! This is the only reason why Edwards endorsed him.

    What a disgrace!!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Chris, Bethesdam Maryland

    Again the Republicans compare everything to WW2. Why the obsession? Is it because during the thirties, the GOP did absolutely everything in its power to prevent America from intervening against the Nazis?

    May 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Venus

    Has anyone told Bush The Terrorist to check out Rice and Gates said?

    What do you expect from Bush? 5-years in Iraq and no plans to get out! 150,000 troops in Iraq – we are not even fighting a real army!

    I thought Bush's father was bad – but now........................... Bush Jr. is worst and I hope Jeb Bush is not going to run for president in 2012!

    May 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Texas Democrat

    Of course the Democratic leadership is up in arms about Bush's comments !!! They don't want the superdelegates to realize they have made a mistake by backing Obama when they figure out how weak of an opponent their Golden Boy really is ! This is only the begining ....

    May 15, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Can of whoop@ss

    Is this the patriotism republicans are referring to, when an American President goes to a foreign country and criticize and smear other Americans.He should be propping us up instead of dividing us...but alas. He is the divicive decider...Actions people...look at the actions..not the wearing of a flag pin.

    May 15, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. fatboy

    Bush remarks received a standing O. His comeback to the criticism that its not all about Obama was terrific, showing what ego maniacs the Obama messiah pretends to be. Wolf–You are so biased I doubt you'll make it to the next election cycle.

    May 15, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Obama 08

    Bush's "axis of Evil Diplomacy" has been at work for almost eight years: all of you all coming out of the woodwork to defend him and claim you will vote for McCain who agrees with Bush, give me ONE improvement this has made in the world and especially in bringing any sense of order in the middle east.

    If you keep employing the same strategy you will get the same results.
    Also keep in mind that 650 000 brave Americansm out of a country of 300 000 000 are fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...

    May 15, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Letha

    Blitzer, it's politics so they all play the game so why act like it is a surprise. Even CNN has pushed Obama's candidacy and hyped this inexperienced person with no real record to speak of. He said he would sit down face to face with them and they should be approached with lots of caution. After all, they are the terrorists not a naive politician.

    May 15, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Jim

    I'm not a Bush fan, but I'm no Obama lover either. Come November, this moderate Democrat is voting for John McCain. The Republicans have made it easy for Hillary supporters to cross party lines since McCain is the antithesis of a hard core conservative. He's more like Reagan, and that will create a second wave of Dems leaving the party. This time they'll be called McCain O'crats. NObama, No-way, N0-how.

    May 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Chut Pata

    There is no doubt in my mind that Bush seized an occasion that is sensitive for the people of Israel, to use it for his political purpose.

    What he does not know that he is so unpopular that his anti-endorsement for Obama will first help him against Hillary and then against McCain.

    I hope Bush continues with his cheap shots against Obama until Obama gets elected as the president.

    May 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. tar

    Bush is the dumbest and worst president in U.S. History. I'm sure the people in Israel like everyone else do not take anything that Bush says to be true. He has shown the nation that he is a liar and totally ineffective.

    Bush has proved that war is not the answer. I guess he don't want to talk to the U.S. enemies, he would rather start wars that cost the American people trillions, kill thousands and severely injure thousands.

    McCain agrees with Bush, more of the same.

    May 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. I love Hillary

    Michelle Obama in the white house. PLEASE!! It will never happen.

    May 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. ROBERT

    Oh, Please face the truth people..Obama has no experience!!!!! Wake up!!! We all know we need change; absolutely! We need change with a powerful candidate! Go Hillary!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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