Bush Administration Actions Encourage Diplomacy, Despite Vitriol Against Diplomacy

BUSH SAYS WE SHOULDN’T TALK WITH RADICALS, BUT SENDS AN ENVOY TO TALK TO A RADICAL WHOM BUSH HIMSELF HAS ACCUSED OF GENOCIDE…

I recently heard Keith Olbermann complain about this very issue, and then it comes up as opposing points in two news articles up on news.google.com tonight.

Rice pushes up the rhetoric against Iran, and while doing so she makes it plain that talking with Iran is pointless. This is continued language from Bush’s speech to Israel’s Knesset. He said that we should never think we could use diplomacy with men like the President of Iran, because we won’t be able to change their minds. This is a jab at Obama’s willingness to talk to Iran. Apparently the Bush admin never talks diplomacy with bad-guys. OOOOOPS:

Bush is sending someone to talk to Sudan’s al-Bashir.

Try reading quotes from these two articles in a row, and the President’s quote, and see if they sound ironic in placement:

Published: June 4, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/04/washington/04diplo.html?ref=world

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice escalated the Bush administration’s anti-Iran rhetoric on Tuesday, accusing its government of pursuing nuclear weapons and calling any dialogue with its leaders pointless until they suspend the country’s enrichment of uranium.

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along…” -President Bush before Israel’s Knesset (May 15) [Click to read Washington Post on it]

By Michael Abramowitz

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 27, 2008; Page A01

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/26/AR2008052601965.html?hpid=topnews

Sometime in the next few weeks, a special envoy of President Bush plans to meet with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, whose government sheltered Osama bin Laden and pursued a scorched-earth policy in southern Sudan that resulted in more than 2 million deaths.

Bashir’s government has been accused by Bush of participating in a “genocide” in Darfur, the only U.S. government use of such a strong accusation. Yet Richard S. Williamson’s visit to Khartoum follows a series of direct contacts by senior Bush administration officials with the Sudanese president, including Secretaries of State Colin L. Powell and Condoleezza Rice, Rice’s deputies, and several special presidential envoys.

Bush has spoken to or exchanged letters with Bashir on numerous occasions, underscoring how White House policy has departed from his pointed public call to shun talks with radical tyrants and dictators. His appointees have also pursued aggressive diplomacy with North Korea and Libya and have even conducted limited business with Cuba, Syria and Iran.

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