Tuesday, May 20, 2008

John Bolton On The Foreign Policy Debate

After hearing the politicians ramble incoherently along about foreign policy Mr. Bolton thought it would be nice to hear from an adult. So he gave us this:

President Bush's speech to Israel's Knesset, where he equated "negotiat[ing] with the terrorists and radicals" to "the false comfort of appeasement," drew harsh criticism from Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders. They apparently thought the president was talking about them, and perhaps he was.

Wittingly or not, the president may well have created a defining moment in the 2008 campaign. And Mr. Obama stepped right into the vortex by saying he was willing to debate John McCain on national security "any time, any place." Mr. McCain should accept that challenge today.


On one side are those who believe that negotiations should be used to resolve international disputes 99% of the time. That is where I am, and where I think Mr. McCain is. On the other side are those like Mr. Obama, who apparently want to use negotiations 100% of the time. It is the 100%-ers who suffer from an obsession that is naïve and dangerous.

Negotiation is not a policy. It is a technique. Saying that one favors negotiation with, say, Iran, has no more intellectual content than saying one favors using a spoon. For what? Under what circumstances? With what objectives? On these specifics, Mr. Obama has been consistently sketchy.

Like all human activity, negotiation has costs and benefits. If only benefits were involved, then it would be hard to quarrel with the "what can we lose?" mantra one hears so often. In fact, the costs and potential downsides are real, and not to be ignored.

Read the rest. It is refreshing to hear someone speak that understands foreign policy.

It is a shame this man is not representing this country in the UN. He has proven time and again that he has an thorough understanding of international affairs.


TexasFred said...

You know that as many good people come out against Obama that just makes him and his moonbat supporters all the more convinced that he IS the 1nd coming of Christ??

I think they're really believing that, and I also think that McCain isn't the one to beat him, but I'd take bets n Bolten being able to get the job done...

Collin Williams said...

A while back I read a piece of fiction in an email about, "What if World War 2 happened today"? It was interesting equating the liberal mentality to that war in retrospect... and how essentially half the country, and the media is essentially giving moral support to the enemy. It is pretty messed up.

Obama is such an appeaser, I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted to send "aid" to Iran's government for all the verbal abuse they are getting.