05/23/2008 10:04 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

NY Times : Bush Appeasement Attack Directed Toward Israel As Well

The New York Times has a truly stunning editorial today. The paper makes the very important point that when Bush made his appeasement remarks in the Knesset it is almost certain that he knew that Israel was negotiating with Syria. Thus, his appeasement attack was directed not just against Obama, but the leadership of the Jewish state of Israel as well. The Times writes:

Everybody knew President Bush was aiming at Senator Barack Obama
last week when he likened those who endorse talks with "terrorists and
radicals" to appeasers of the Nazis. But now we know what Mr. Bush knew
then -- that Israel is in indirect peace talks with Syria, a prominent
member of Mr. Bush's list of shunned nations -- and it seems as if the
president was going for a two-for-one in his crack about appeasement.

If so, it was breathtakingly cynical to compare the leadership of
the Jewish state with those who stood aside in the face of the Nazi
onslaught, and irresponsible to try to restrain this American ally from
pursuing a settlement that it judges as possibly being in its best