Thursday, May 15, 2008

Obnoxious Pander of the Week

"It shows naivety and inexperience and lack of judgment to say he wants to sit down across the table from an individual (President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) who leads a country (Iran) that says that Israel is a stinking corpse."
Senator John McCain (R - Arizona) "Obama, McCain trade blows after Bush's 'appeasement' remarks"
The idea that sitting down and negotiating with hostile nations is somehow a bad idea on its face is utterly moronic. My impression of Senator McCain is that he's smarter than that - especially since the only alternative is doing nothing until the feces hit the fan, and then going to war. The idea, advanced by President Bush (although not him alone) that negotiating with hostile governments adds an unacceptable degree of legitimacy to their interests takes subjective moral judgment to the last place it has any business being - international politics. McCain has always come off as being more pragmatic than that, and as too much of a straight talker to indulge in the pretense that American political moralizing tends to entail.

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