Late last week, I wrote about the McCain-Obama foreign policy disagreement on whether the U.S. should negotiate with rogue nations and groups like Hezbollah and Iran. (The previous post: https://thegonzothinktank.wordpress.com/2008/05/17/better-than/)
Since, two interesting things have been brought to my attention.
1. My coworker posted a portion of John Kennedy’s inaugural address on Facebook:
“Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.
We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.
But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course—both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind’s final war.
So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”
2. Time’s Joe Kline reminded me that the U.S. has held secret talks with Sunni insurgents in Iraq, and our European allies have met with Hamas.
Kline calls for talks with Hamas, “There is a need to keep all channels open in that insanely complicated region.”
Kline also had this quote:
“So the Palestinians had another election yesterday, and the results of which remind me about the power of democracy. … Obviously, people were not happy with the status quo. The people are demanding honest government. The people want services. … And so the elections should open the eyes of the Old Guard there in the Palestinian territories. … There’s something healthy about a system that does that.”
… said George W. Bush in 2006. (The W stands for wanton.) The elected party Bush cited was Hamas, now an enemy that U.S. presidential candidates fight over who more vehemently opposes speaking with.