What Cliff Said

Cliff Schecter speaks out on George Bush Jr.'s Tourette's outburst about American politicians (read: Barack Obama) supposedly "appeas[ing]" terrorists by engaging in diplomacy:

When Bush negotiated with Muammar Qaddafi, was he in favor of appeasement? When Dick Cheney did business with Iran while at Halliburton, was he in favor of appeasement? Finally, does anyone take anything seriously anymore that is said by an incurious, dry-drunk who has been an absolute disaster as President of these United States?

I couldn't have said it better. I heartily recommend Cliff's excellent new book, "The Real McCain" –  it makes a great gift for the Republican in your life. Also, years before the rest of the world caught on, Alan Bisbort said it all about Bush's dry drunkenness.

And Cliff is not the only person speaking out – John Kerry was just talking with Monica Novotny on MSNBC, wondering when Bush is going to demand the resignation of DefSec Bob Gates, who has called for diplomatic engagement with the nation's foes. Kerry called Bush's smarmy outburst "disgraceful." Kerry then went on a tear about the role of diplomacy, implicitly condemning the ineptitude of Junior's team, save Gates. Earlier on MSNBC, good ol' "Pitchfork" Pat Buchanan reminded viewers – in a tone of voice betraying his incredulity over Bush's hypocritically infantile assertion – that the Bush Administration had negotiated with Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi, who ruled that nation when its agents blew up Pan Am flight 103 over Scotland.

UPDATE: When a blog post carries a title like "Grandson of Nazi Enabler Decries Talking to Nazis", the temptation to click on the link and give it a read can be overwhelming. (Jeff Koopersmith was bringing up Junior's Nazi-enabling granddad nearly eight years ago.)

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