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

Blitzer: Bush injects himself into Democratic politics

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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  1. bob dover delaware

    I listened to part of that speech live and the excerpt that you are referring to and I don't think that the comment was limited only to Barack Obama.

    The fact is a lot of people have the same views including our allies in other countries.

    People seem to think this so called war in Iraq can be turned off like your front porch light on Halloween.

    If we don't want the monsters to come anymore we just flip a switch and go watch the rest of Deal or No Deal.

    Life doesn't work that way.... Life is not that simplistic

    The fact is we should have been more aggressive from the start in Iraq. We should have blown up their weapons caches when they were found and not let them get back into the hands of the people...... We should have had a take no prisoners for anyone pointing a gun at our troupes the first month and then the following months would have turned toward peace. We should have shut down their borders so no one could get in or out.

    Unfortunately our military was lacking in these areas and because we allowed them to regain their weapons and because there have been billions of dollars stolen and 800,000 small arms "lost or unaccounted for" that we brought to that country.... The fighting goes on.

    War is war either you fight it like your life depends on it or you don't fight at all.

    People strongly supported the war in Iraq with a blood lust but once they understood that war is not pretty and that unlike a kids computer game you cant hit restart everyone lost the fortitude to go on.

    Personally I was against the war from the start. And by the start i mean when the First Bush started this war many years ago.... I felt at that time that Iraq was going to endup like Afghanistan did for Russia.

    Afghanistan was a major but not only reason that the USSR broke up.

    It was a war that a Super Power Lost.

    Iraq will be to us the same. We have dumped a Trillion dollars into that war and have had little or no effect on a final peace.

    Our country is failing, Our Tech companies and Banks are being bought out or closing down, Our manufactured goods all come from China, Our Energy Costs have quadrupled.

    Obama is full of himself if he feels that he is the only person in the world that has the same ideas he holds.

    Every country in the world with the exception of a hand full of troupes has pulled out of Iraq and broke their agreement to fight this.

    I don't think we should have ever fought this war
    we should have put that money into protecting our own country and borders.

    Each night 3,000 people or the equivalent of One Military Brigade crosses our southern border. They bring Drugs, Weapons and even our best police can not stop them.

    This is insane.

    and Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting the same result.

    We need to worry about us for once.

    We need to stop forcing practically at gun point places like Burma to take billions in our Aid when they don't want it.

    We need to stop giving our money away to everyone who will not stand by our side.

    We need to be energy independent.

    We need to be Honest.

    We don't need people like Barack Obama or hillary clinton or john mccain.....

    Unfortunately we have all but for the pull of a leaver condemed ourselves to 4 more years of regression.

    Every last one of the idiots fighting to lead us will let us down in the end because just like Obama takes this too personaly all of them think the job they are about to take is a personal matter.

    The presidency is not personal

    For 4 years you give up every aspect of your life to make the lives of 300 million other people better.

    They dont understand this and never will.

    Sorry this is so long

    May 15, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Jennifer, Seattle

    I would like to see how Bush applies his current logic to a deployed Soldier in a combat zone. What if, when I was serving in Iraq, I or our military decided there was no reason or place for talking with anyone who has bad ideas. What if I decided to simply open fire every time there were locals around me (which I did not do). There is such a thing as escalation of force.... There is such a thing as strategy in military relations, general foreign relations, and in state or constitutional development.
    While President Bush would rather go in (anywhere!), with guns blazing and finger poised above the "red button," there are other intellectual stages that should be part of the process. No one is saying here that there should be no preparation for military action against terrorist states or leaders. The point is that military action should not be the FIRST resort in our relation-building (which now has to start from the beginning in many cases thanks to Bush's immature, narrow, Neo-con approach), it SHOULD be the LAST.

    Escalation of force is not the same thing as appeasement or negotiation. Wouldn't you think our Commander in Chief would know the difference?!!

    May 15, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Les-WA

    Obama will NEVER be President, prepare yourself instead for President John McCain! Many of us Reagan Democrats will rain him with our votes!

    May 15, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. leon



    May 15, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. shirley

    If the presedent claims he was'nt refering to senitor obama then he should be asked who he was refer to, to make such an outragouse comment At a time of celebration for the israli people. The man has no shame , no regaurd for the lives of others and certainly no manners. And has been let off the hook to many times, why are the people who can protect us from this insanity not calling for impechment.

    May 15, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |


    May 15, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Mr. B.

    Now we all know................,

    If Bush does not agree with Barack Obama.....Then the Senator is correct again !

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    May 15, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Liz

    Nick–are you high???

    May 15, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. JJ

    Go Republicans!! Do not let Obama destroy our country.
    From: Former disgusted democrat

    May 15, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Casey

    somewhere in texas, a village is missing its idiot.

    or, as I like to say... George W. Bush... like a rock... only dumber.

    It will be a relief when he's gone. I just want a president who reads and can pronounce "nuclear"

    Obama 08!

    May 15, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Well...somebody should be bringing some reality to this smoke and mirrors battle of idealogies!!

    Fact is ...the future President has to deal with the they are. Over time they may be able to change the facts as they are...but what they will inherit is the real world of the right now.

    I don't think any of them are in the real world!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Darryl

    President Bush is the worst President we ever had. He has taken us to worst place in our history...

    This man needs to be IMPEACHED!!!!! and Sent to JAIL...


    May 15, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. McCain '08

    Man, what a great team of computer geeks, obama has !

    McCain will win ! America will win ! God bless America !

    Bush will be judged by history, not by those who have no idea who obama is !

    May 15, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. William Courtland North43ºWest93º

    Why does the Whitehouse avoid the issue of proper district apportionment?

    I do not blame the President for do not think his administrative staff let him acknowledge the principle, the Administration is worried they will loose control of a power they are not meant to have, such as the privilage to bomb Iran without question.

    May 15, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Diana

    All I have to say is:

    GOP = GO Packing!
    We have had ENOUGH!

    May 15, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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