“Obama Strikes Back at Bush On Diplomacy,” declares a front-page headline in today’s Washington Post. As we have noted, the evidence fails to show that Bush’s speech to the Knesset on “diplomacy” was directed at Obama, even implicitly. Thus, the headline should merely have said “Obama Strikes at Bush. . .” But the Post is too fired up by Obama to worry about accuracy.
The story itself, by Matthew Mosk, quotes Obama as saying, “If George Bush and John McCain want to have a debate about protecting the United States, that is a debate that I’m happy to have anytime, anyplace.” Obama goes on to “condemn [the Bush] administration for not capturing Osama bin Laden.”
Here, then, is the increasingly demagogic junior Senator from Illinois’ concept of reasoned debate:
Bush: We shouldn’t negotiate with terrorists.
Obama: You haven’t captured bin Laden.