<--See also: Oh! That's what he meant.
People are gonna think I have something against Sen. Edwards now.
I know, I know, it's a cheap shot but I had to put this video up.
h/t to the Roe Conn Show at WLS, Chicago.
On a sort of side note, after reading reports and viewing portions of the recent Democratic debate, I still have to say that if I had to choose between the front runners, I still have to go with Hillary Clinton. (Pardon me while I choke down my vomit.) Apologies to the Obama supporters, but the senator really did need to have a new hole torn after making that remark about sitting down with the likes of Castro, Kim, Ahmadenijad, and Chavez. I didn't have to wait for Hillary's response or commentary from the newscasters before my stomach dropped out from underneath me. I would hope that most college students that has taken one political science class would understand the terrible mistake he just made.
Diplomacy is fine and dandy but you don't have meetings with these kinds of leaders off the cuff. Hillary had some of it right. Doing so would hurt her and help them. Having such a talk gives an air of legitimacy that those leaders can take back home with them and say, "See? I'm so powerful that even the President of the United States had to sit down with me." In the context that Sen. Obama was using, he seemed to be willing to meet with these people in order to show that America is willing to talk and that if we can open a dialogue, we can progress our relations. Sorry, Senator, but that's just an idealistic fantasy. I can tell you right now that such a meeting would follow like this: They make a demand for us to make a concession. We promise to consider such a concession if they do such and such. They refuse to do such and such or if they do, they don't actually go through with it. At which point, we refuse to make our concession, or if it had already begun, we stop. Sound familiar? [cough]North Korea, Balkans, Libya, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Iraq[/cough] The proper way to have a "diplomatic" dialogue is to start with low levels. The absolute only time, ever, that our head of state meets with them is if we bring to the table a carrot that they can not resist or a stick they can't avoid. Small talk that leads to nowhere is not the job of the President, ensuring that America's interests are served is.