MARY SHAW GIVES GEORGE W. BUSH CIVICS, HISTORY LESSON

Mary quotes George W. Bush as saying, "Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along." George, negotiating also includes discovering where you, George, have been wrong. After all, George, you've been more wrong than those you've attacked.

You're part of the problem, George — a huge part. You're almost as much of a problem as those who put you in power with their back-room dealing — the global plutocrats (bankers and financiers and their hired-gun, self-styled intellectuals) who are the real decision-makers. Any time they want you gone, all the top dog has to do is motion with a little finger and you're out of there.

No, George, diplomacy is not appeasement
by Mary Shaw
Sunday May 18, 2008

On May 15, George W. Bush gave a speech to the Israeli Knesset in which he took an apparent swipe at Barack Obama's promise of diplomacy in foreign policy.

"Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along," Bush told his audience.

He added, "We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."

He even dragged Hitler into the same speech, seeming to imply that Obama would have probably wanted to appease the Nazis.

This is a prime example of the Bushco strategy of twisting words, distorting their meanings, and exaggerating the resulting untruths to the point of absurdity.

No, George, diplomacy is not appeasement. And diplomacy has not been repeatedly discredited in history. In fact, diplomacy is what has made possible today's modern globalized civil society, imperfect though it may be.
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