George W. Bush pulled out the Neville Chamberlain card while in Israel of all places.
In a speech to Israel's Knesset, Bush said: "Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.I know facts are anathema to the Bush administration, but I feel duty-bound to present them all the same. When Neville Chamberlain appeased Hitler, Germany had one of the strongest economies and militaries in the world. Chamberlain's motives were good--Britain was not in the best shape, militarily, to take Germany on, and there was no certainty that Britain would have allies if conflict were to begin--indeed, it took the US more than two years and an attack on Pearl Harbor to enter the war. Chamberlain appeased, in part, because he was negotiating from a position of weakness.
"We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: 'Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all 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."
I know that King George the Lesser has based his foreign policy largely on the idea that he could get Americans to wet their pants at the sight of anything that looks vaguely Arabic, and until a couple of years ago, that worked on a large chunk of the population. But anyone with a hint of sense can look at the current situation and acknowledge that al Qaeda is not on the verge of destroying western civilization. Iran does not have armies massed at the borders of its nation ready to blitzkrieg its way east to the Mediterranean or west to India, much less across oceans to the shores of the United States.
Fortunately, there are signs that fewer and fewer Americans are taking King George the Lesser seriously these days. His approval ratings are consistently among the lowest in history, and most people, from the looks of it, have more important things to worry about--the cost of gas and food impacts us far more than King George the Lesser's boogeymen. There are no doubt people who will pick up on this speech and applaud vigorously; those people are fools, who deserve the government they've gotten for the last eight years. The rest of us are working for something better.