May 15th, 2008
12:05 PM ET

Bush suggests Obama wants 'appeasement' of terrorists?

David M. Reisner
360° Digital Producer

During a speech to the Knesset, Pres. Bush compares calls to talk with unnamed terrorist groups a 'foolish delusion.'
During a speech to the Knesset, Pres. Bush compares calls to talk with unnamed terrorist groups a 'foolish delusion.'

Hey Bloggers,

Wanted to get your thoughts on something that President Bush said today when adressing Israel's parliament, the Knesset, on Israel's 60th anniversary celebration in Jerusalem.

Some are saying the President launched a sharp but veiled attack on Sen. Barack Obama and other Democrats, suggesting they favor "appeasement" of terrorists in the same way some Western leaders appeased Hitler in the run-up to World War II.

The president did not say Obama's name directly (or any other Democrat for that matter) but White House aides privately acknowledged the remarks were aimed at the presidential
candidate and others in his party. Former President Jimmy Carter has called for
talks with Hamas.

"Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals,
as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all

"We have heard this foolish delusion before... As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939,
an American senator declared: 'Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all
of this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is
- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by


May 15th, 2008
11:34 AM ET

The Monster behind the Curtain

Editor's note: Bonnie Erbe is the host of PBS's weekly news analysis program, To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, and syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard News Service. Her blog 'Racism in the Presidential Race' appeared on UsNews.com.

Bonnie Erbe
Host, PBS' "To the Contrary"

Terry McAuliffe, Senator Clinton's campaign manager was all over the cable news channels last night claiming Sen. Clinton's 2-1 win in West Virginia is proof she and only she can win the White House for the Democratic party in November-that due to her support from white, working class voters.

But an even more telling point about white, working class voters and how some of them will vote when (and it looks like when, not if) Sen. Barack Obama becomes the Democratic nominee was made in article in yesterday's Washington Post. The monster lurking behind the curtain in the Democratic presidential race is racism. Up to now, Sen. Obama's supporters in the extreme left wing of the Democratic party, have tried to ignore its existence. This article is proof, it not only exists, it is unfortunately alive and well, particularly in factory towns:

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May 15th, 2008
11:09 AM ET

Cyclone Nargis and my new 'day job' in Myanmar

Editor's note: Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Scott McGill works for the organization and is currently helping with aid for the victims of Myanmar. He shares his experiences here:

Children help out clearing debris from under the monastery May 10, 2008 in the village of Kyaun Da Min a few hours south of Pyapon, Myanmar.

Children help out clearing debris from under the monastery May 10, 2008 in the village of Kyaun Da Min a few hours south of Pyapon, Myanmar.

Scott McGill
Save the Children.org
Asia Regional HIV/AIDS Advisor

Life is trying to return to normal here in Yangon. Although petrol lines still meander down the street and drivers stand around waiting them out (chatting and puffing on green cheroots), the rotting debris of fallen leaves and branches and other evidence of the damage inflicted on the town is slowly swept up and trucked off.

The Yangon streets — once dominated by canopies of leafy, gnarled elderly mango trees — have been transformed permanently. It is almost disorienting to suddenly turn a corner and see buildings once hidden suddenly stripped of all greenery. We are still nervously dodging fallen or dangling power cables propped up by hastily fashioned bamboo struts, hoping that everything is tied up and somehow restrung before someone does, in fact, turn the power on. Generators chug and hum across the city. Somehow, we still seem to be able to get a continuous supply of diesel (however, prices remain beyond the reach of most people who club together to pay $15 for a generator per the hour to pump water into their apartment block tanks).

We contributed $20 today as our share on our street to re-erect power poles and reconnect the spaghetti mess of snapped and tangled cables. Our house guard and his friends climbed up a ladder and reconnected our telephone line and, for a few days, we had crystal clear, uninterrupted international calls accessed on the first dialing, but this has frustratingly gone for some reason.


Filed under: Aid workers • Cyclone • Myanmar
May 15th, 2008
10:20 AM ET

McCain: Too old for the White House?

Editor's note: Will age be an issue in November? If John McCain wins, he would be the oldest person in the nation's history elected to a first term in the White House. We explore all the angles, tonight at 10 ET

Gary Tuchman
360° Correspondent

Is it fair for John McCain's age to be an issue in this presidential race? Is John McCain too old to be president? These are touchy issues and thorny questions, but we decided to tackle it in a story because it is indeed being prominently discussed.

If McCain wins the general election, he will be the oldest man ever elected to a first term. We spent a day with Senator McCain in Washington State. He paid an environmental visit to a wildlife habitat and led a panel discussion on climate change and global warning.

As part of his visit, he donned his sneakers and a baseball cap and took a short hike in the woods. He certainly dressed like someone a lot younger than 72. But I think even he would admit that for the most part he does looks his age. A poll this week by the Washington Post and ABC News indicates that almost four out of ten Americans say they would be uncomfortable with a 72 year old being president.

So is McCain sensitive about this?

Filed under: Gary Tuchman • John McCain • Raw Politics
May 15th, 2008
06:58 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

After Hillary Clinton's HUGE victory in West Virginia, she suffered a major blow to her campaign...Former Presidential candidate John Edwards came out last night and endorsed Barack Obama..."The reason I'm here tonight is because the Democratic voters have made their choice, and so have I," he told a crowd in Michigan. "There is one man who knows and understands that this is a time for bold leadership. There is one man that knows how to create the change, the lasting change, that you have to build from the ground up," Edwards said. "There is one man who knows in his heart there is time to create one America, not two ... and that man is Barack Obama." Edwards did have kind words for Clinton. "What she has shown ... is strength and character, and what drives her is something that every single one of us can and should appreciate," Edwards said. "She is a woman who, in my judgment, is made of steel, and she's a leader in this country not because of her husband but because of what she has done."


Filed under: The Buzz
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