Should FDR Have Reached Out To ‘Moderate’ Nazis?

There’s such a thing as a contradiction in terms: Obama’s “adding more to the debt than all previous presidents — from George Washington to George W. Bush — combined” while preaching the message of “fiscal responsibility” certainly qualifies.  Hence “Obama budget” and “fiscal responsibility” is oxymoronic.  Another terrific new oxymoron that Obama has added to the lexicon is “moderate Taliban“:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is open to the idea of reaching out to moderate elements of the Taliban, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

“Moderate elements of the Taliban”?

Did FDR reach out to “moderate Nazis”?  Did Truman reach out to “moderate Stalinists”?  Did Martin Luther King go after those “moderate Ku Klux Klansmen”?

The strategy of co-opting a few of ones’ enemies and turning them into allies is probably as old as warfare.  And General David Petraeus (a genuine hero, by the way), who proved a master at identifying and separating factions of former enemy fighters in Iraq, has discussed employing a similar strategy in Afghanistan.

But when a professional soldier such as General David Petraeus talks about separating factions of Taliban from the rest of the herd, it’s the opinion of a successful military strategist who has already proven he knows how to win wars.  When Barack Obama – who criticized General Petraeus for his war-winning “surge strategy” – talks about “moderate Taliban,” it’s the opinion of an ignorant weasel who has already shown he would rather make friends with radical fundamentalist Muslims than attempt to defeat them before they kill even more innocents than they already have.

The quintessential element of an appeasing weakling is to identify “moderation” in one’s enemies where none actually exists.

Petraeus I trust implicitly to do the right thing for the United States and for the forces under his command.  He will pursue the best path to victory.  Obama I also trust implicitly – to be a an appeaser who sees friends where only enemies exist so that he can talk of having won “peace in our time.”  He has already tried to prevent America from obtaining victory in Iraq by opposing the strategy that made that victory possible.

It was just short of two years ago that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said of Iraq: “Now I believe myself … that this war is lost, and that the surge is not accomplishing anything.”  Obama joined with Harry Reid:

In Congress, Obama was one of many lawmakers who spoke against the plan. “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”

Now Obama is able to plan the withdraw of United States combat troops from Iraq – not with their tails between their legs in defeat, but in victory – because Bush, Petraeus, and far better men than Obama made the right decision.

Whenever Obama talks about the war in Afghanistan – or anywhere else American troops are fighting, for that matter – let it be remembered that he vehemently opposed the surge strategy that brought us such tremendous victory in Iraq.  And let us never forget that the man is in his heart an appeaser who will be all too embrace a short-term success even if it will lead to a long term disaster.

My biggest fear of all is not that Obama will demand that Petraeus find “moderate Taliban” whether they exist or not, but that he will find “moderate Hamas” in Palestinian-controlled territory and “moderate Hezbollah in Lebanon.  Both are terrorist organizations that would like nothing better to exceed Hitler’s tally of six million murdered Jews.

The best way to create “moderates” in the Taliban is to let them know in no uncertain terms that their alternative to becoming “moderate” is certain defeat and death.

2 Responses to “Should FDR Have Reached Out To ‘Moderate’ Nazis?”

  1. hl Says:

    I thought this was rich. Even the Taliban think Obama’s statement about reaching out to the “moderate Taliban” is ILLOGICAL!
    You just can’t make this stuff up!

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/03/even-the-taliban-say-obamas-call-on-moderates-illogical.html

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Obama is a fool who thinks himself wise, which is another way of saying that he is the worst kind of fool imaginable. Add power to a fool, and he is truly dangerous. Illogical? Of course it is! And I’m glad you supplied that link (I may add it as an update).

    The Taliban is a hard-core militant organization. To claim that we can find large numbers of “moderate” hard-core militants is rather amazingly crazy. I’m GLAD Gen. Petraeus is looking to divide the most radical elements from people he thinks he can come to terms with. But Obama is already a proven fool (damning the surge that worked so magnificently in Iraq) and he needs to do less talking and more shutting up.

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