"Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along," Bush said at Israel's 60th anniversary celebration in Jerusalem.
"We have heard this foolish delusion before," Bush said in remarks to Israel's parliament, the Knesset. "As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: 'Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."
The Obama campaign has responded with a fusillade of furious adjectives:
"Astonishing" and "Unprecedented"
"False" "Political" and "Sad"
--Nancy Pelosi said the remarks were "beneath the dignity" of the presidency.
--Rahm Emanuel: "Does the President have no shame?"
-- Howard Dean has called on McCain to denounce the president. I would say the chance of that happening is either fat or slim.
-- Biden: "Bullshit" "Malarkey!" "Outrageous" "Ridiculous"
-- Tim Roemer (D-In.): "Gutter politics" "Swift-boat attacks"
The Senator who made that remark? William Borah (R-Id.)
George W. Bush's grandfather? This guy.