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How Obama Should Respond to Bush

By Adrian

President Bush has been known for politicizing any event, be it a college commencement, anniversary of 9/11 or a state visit. It’s no surprise that he injected himself into the 2008 election today by comparing those who “believe we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals” to Hitler appeasers before World War II. This cannot be seen as anything but a swipe at Obama’s remarks that he would like to meet with Syrian and Iranian leaders.

The Obama campaign responded by e-mail saying in part that the “President's extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.” The campaign also invoked Ronald Reagan’s name as a president who successfully blended military strength with powerful diplomacy to bring about international change. Obama is continuing his tradition of including great Republican leaders as examples to support his views, a strategy that is sure to appeal to some Republicans and independents.

Obama should use this opportunity to make a foreign policy speech, similar to his speech on race, outlining just why he wants to sit down with leaders of rouge nations and what his administration hopes to accomplish with a more diplomatic approach to foreign policy.

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