Obama the new Neville Chamberlain

MONDAY 3-3-08…..Once again, during this campaign season, I experienced yet another chilling sense of deja vu. The first was the possibility that the Democrat’s super delegates would “select” the Democrat standard bearer….similar to the goings-on in 1968. Then, the comment by Barack Obama that he would go meet with leaders of nations that’re hostile to the U.S.

The thought that a U.S. president would go to Iran…hat in hand, chin on chest, and meet with Iranian president Ahmadinejad brought back memories of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. The current generation has probably never heard of Chamberlain, or what he did. The Reader’s Digest version is simply that Adolph Hitler was in the process of trying to conquer Europe, and the British Prime Minister felt the best way to save England would be to go have a chat with Adolph.

He did…hat in hand, chin on chest, and was received warmly by Adolph who signed a peace treaty. Chamberlain flew back to England, emerged from the plane waving a piece of paper and saying “yes, peace in our time.” Then Hitler began shooting V1 and V2 buzz bombs at England. The rest is history.

And now, here’s Obama, campaigning to become president of the United States, saying that, as president, he would go, without preconditions, and meet with leaders of countries that’re hostile to the U.S. He said…and I quote….”The next president has a job to do to repair our image and to send a signal.”

My question is….what signal? That we’re afraid? That we’re weak? That we’re willing to be subservient to Iran, Syria, Cuba, Islam?

That certainly is a big distance from Ronald Reagan’s “Peace Through Strength” strategy. I believe history shows that you don’t achieve peace by going to your enemy and begging for mercy. If Obama is elected, all I can say is, God help us all.

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