never giving any thought to the idea that Bush might be measuring his speech and making sure his message was clear and concise because he realized that diplomacy requires specificity and that words can be as important as any military maneuver. So while we were assured for years that Bush had lied without any evidence of said lie, Bush never once, to my knowledge, ever had to retract or deny having said anything to anyone of import. Obama’s already had two such situations–first, with the “Don’t do anything with Bush. Deal with me,” fiasco in Iraq and now he apparently implied (if he didn’t outright commit) that he would continue the missile deployment in Poland in a conversation with the Polish President. But after the Polish President relayed the conversation, Obama’s reps rushed out and said that he hadn’t said any such thing.
This is a far more serious issue for America’s allies than anything Bush has done. Something as critical to a country’s defense as a missile shield being used as a political football is not only foolish, but dangerous as well. Libs have taken extreme liberties with the truth in American politics–not least of which was playing fast and loose with the facts in order to try to discredit Bush. And Obama’s played both ends against the middle througout his political career. But we start playing those kind of games with our allies–or even our enemies–and we’ll look back with nostalgia at our current standing in the world a couple of years from now.
Of course, if Obama follows through on his announced plans for the country, we’ll probably end up there anyway. But it will be a much shorter trip if Obama continues to “bs” and “shoot the bull” with foreign leaders only to tell them that he really didn’t mean what he said. “I was just joshin'” doesn’t cut it in diplomatic speak.