Obama Needs a History Lesson

In defending his stated intent to meet with America's enemies without preconditions, Sen. Obama said: "I trust the American people to understand that it is not weakness, but wisdom to talk not just to our friends, but to our enemies, like Roosevelt did, and Kennedy did, and Truman did."

That he made this statement, and that it passed without comment by the journalists covering his speech indicates either breathtaking ignorance of history on the ... Full Story »

Posted by Roland F. Hirsch
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Topics: Presidential Election 2008, Obama Administration, Mainstream Media
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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Oct. 1, 2008

The author catches Obama in stretching history to claim FDR as a precident for talking with hostile leaders, but his attack on the ascription does not serve to validate his criticism of the policy in this current age of global weapons of mass destruction. Basically a misleading and counterproductive opinion piece.

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Dale Penn
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by Dale Penn - Oct. 1, 2008

This is a story that had been on the conservative blogs for several days prior to Mr. Kelly's post. It speculates, in a transparently biased manner, as to Obama's intended references when invoking FDR, Kennedy and Truman. This may spark an interest in historical review of diplomatic measures taken by these Presidents - and likely points to the next plan of attack on Obama by conservatives. It will be interesting to see how Obama deals with this latest vetting exercise. This blog post appears to be a very relevant hit job - as the "experience" issue begins to bubble to the surface.

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Terry Gamble
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by Terry Gamble - Oct. 1, 2008

Specious argument that distorts the intent of Barack Obama's words that are essentially in the vein of Kennedy's "Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate." Attributes a Santayana quote to Churchill. Snarkily comments that "History is an elective few liberals choose to take these days." And fails to make the argument that the first-tier diplomacy undertaken by Roosevelt and Kennedy prior to military actions was ill-conceived or non-constructive.

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Jim Lang
3.4
by Jim Lang - Oct. 1, 2008

This is an unemotional, well-written opinion piece taking on both Obama and journalists concerning Obama's claim that specific past presidents talked to enemies. Although I personally don't agree with the implied conclusion -- that talking to one's enemies is not worthwhile -- I find the piece well argued.

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Nancy Scott
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by Nancy Scott - Oct. 1, 2008

The author makes the point that Obama was mostly mistaken that previous presidnets have been willing to speak to our enemies. I believe that it is a hopeful sign that Obama is willing to not be a frightened little yapping dog like our current President who is too frightened to speak to anyone but his chosen friends.

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Ben Ross
3.0
by Ben Ross - Oct. 1, 2008

Some interesting stuff ....worth a read. this author has an ax to grind .....still brings up what appear to be glitches in Obama's rhetoric. I wonder where pundits keep getting the idea Obama claims to want to talk to the.... President .....of Iran?

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David Dresser
2.5
by David Dresser - Oct. 1, 2008

This is a hit piece. There is no content or value.

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Roland F. Hirsch
4.1
by Roland F. Hirsch - Oct. 1, 2008

This short piece has considerable journalistic merit. The author points out a serious failure of journalists during the past week. He documents it with well-known historical facts that contradict what the candidate claimed. He notes that the press covering the campaign should have questioned Sen. Obama closely on this worst error of fact made by any major candidate thus far this year.

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