Obama Discusses Negotiating with Controversial Foreign Leaders

While in Manhattan, NY, yesterday, Senator Obama was asked about his comments in months past about him meeting with and negotiating with controversial foreign leaders, such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  Obama responded to the comment by saying, “I think people understand the notion of talking to our enemies.  If FDR can meet with Stalin and Nixon can meet with Mao and Kennedy can meet with Khrushchev and Reagan can meet with Gorbechav, then the notion that we can’t meet with some half-baked dictator is ridiculous.  I’m not worried about losing a propaganda war with Ahmadinejad.  That guy opens his mouth and I think people see there are problems there.”

Here’s the video from the debate in which Obama originally said that he would meet with leaders of countries who we don’t have great relationships with:

I agree with Obama here – there’s NO reason that we shouldn’t meet with leaders – we shouldn’t negotiate with them, but there’s no harm in meeting with them, and a meeting is only going to help (as long as the 2 leaders don’t go at each other).

But the next President may have to do more than just meet – who knows, military action may be needed – at this point, I don’t think any of the countries (Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea) listed in the debate question are nearing a level of danger that defies military intervention, but the next President will be in there for 4-8 years, and a lot can change in that time.  I hope that military action won’t be necessary (and I don’t think that it will), but I’m not going to say for certain that it won’t.

Done Ranting,

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4 Responses to “Obama Discusses Negotiating with Controversial Foreign Leaders”

  1. freadom Says:

    I agree with you. Reagan met with Russian leaders on more than one occasion. That’s something I think Bush sould have done more of.

  2. fdr Says:

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  3. ClaytonNC Says:

    There can not be any constructive conversation when you call the other party a half-backed dictator for the entire world to see. Constructive converation requires you to show a certain amount of respect before the other party will listen to you. As usual, the Hussein Obamba is full of hot air.

  4. inkslwc Says:

    I will add that whoever is our next President (and I pray that it’s McCain) can’t just randomly meet with the leaders of these countries. We need to go into this prepared, otherwise we’ll wind up coming out of it like Kennedy came out of his talks with Khruschev, where Kennedy pretty much admitted that Khruschev blew him out of the water.

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