After several Republican candidates accused President Obama of being soft on his support for Israel and “appeasing” other countries in the Middle East, the President had a few words for them: Ask Osama bin Laden about that.
Accusing the President of appeasement harkens back to World War II when many European governments wanted to avoid war with Nazi Germany allowing Hitler to capture and kill millions of Jews. Essentially, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are accusing President Obama of being soft on terrorism and allowing nations hostle to Israel to grow. But if the deaths of Osama bin Laden and many of al Queda’s top leaders are any indication, that is an argument Republicans just won’t win.
The President’s confident remarks signals a shift in his tone. Lately, he’s been letting his contempt for Congress’ gridlock and failure to pass legislation that aids the economy. Just yesterday, a bill that would have extended a payroll-tax cut failed to pass in the Senate. And if a deal is not passed before the end of the year, employees could see a $1000 decrease in their pay next year.
Many pundits have said that the President has his campaign ‘swagger’ back, and is finally ready to fight for the policies he believes in. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this latest round of political arguments plays out, but I’m giving this one to Mr. Obama.