The response of the Obama campaign and his supporters to Bush's Knesset speech should have been something like "we know he wasn't talking about us. We abhor appeasement and reject it as a method of fighting the War on Terror." Considering that Bush did not accuse anyone person in particular of being guilty of appeasement, Instapundit's comment that "when somebody condemns appeasement, it doesn't help things to jump up and yell "Hey, he's talking about me!"' pointedly demonstrates how thin-skinned and unimaginative Obama can be. Obama displayed a similar lack of imagination when it was pointed out, incontrovertibly, that he enjoyed the support of Hamas. Rather than categorically rejecting Hamas' endorsement, he instead attacked John McCain for having the audacity to point out that terrorists prefer Obama. He should study the art of political judo a little more closely, he obviously has yet to master its nuances.
Obama walked into this like a drunk into an open manhole, drawing all kinds of attention to the fact that Obama does in fact favor appeasing America's enemies. Giving rogue terrorist states the honor and legitimacy of meeting with America's leader with no conditions and nothing more than a wistful hope that something positive will come of it is indeed appeasement, even if it is not on the scale of handing the entitre Sudetenland over to Hitler. Obama flip-flopped on his statement that he would meet with the leaders of Iran and North Korea without any preconditions and now claims he does not favor that policy, but it is too late. We now know what his instincts tell him to do, and it is to capitulate whenever possible. Presumably because America is at fault in the first place, which is of course what his good friend, mentor and spiritual advisor Jeremiah Wright counsels.