PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA APPEASEMENT SPEECH
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FROM: http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=content/obama-appeasement-charge-ask-bin-ladenIn accordance with Federal Laws provided For Educational and Information Purposes – i.e. of PUBLIC InterestObama on Appeasement Charge: Ask bin LadenDate: Friday, December 09, 2011, 6:24 amBy: Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated PressShort DescriptionThe president forcefully rejected GOP claims that his foreign policy is timid.DescriptionWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday forcefully rejected Republican accusationsthat his foreign policy is timid and amounts to a policy of "appeasement.""Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al-Qaida leaders who have been taken off the field whether Iengage in appeasement. Or whoever is left out there, ask them about that," the president said during a newsconference.He also defended his efforts to block Iran from building a nuclear weapon, saying Iran is now isolated andfacing tough international sanctions thanks to the work of his national security team.His remarks came a day after Republican presidential candidates took turns criticizing Obamas foreign policyas weak during speeches before Jewish activists and donors. They especially focused on the Obamaadministrations Middle East policy.Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania on Wednesday said Obamas policy toward radical Islamists "hasbeen nothing but appeasement."Obama seemed primed for the question about the critique, and his communication director, Dan Pfeiffer,promptly posted the presidents response on Twitter: "Ask Osama Bin Laden."Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Wednesday said Obama "emboldened Palestinian hard-linerswho now are poised to form a unity government with terrorist Hamas and feel they can bypass Israel at thebargaining table." Romney also accused Obama of being "timid and weak in the face of the existential threatof a nuclear Iran."Obama, citing "some of the political noise out there," said his administration has "systematically imposed thetoughest sanctions" on Iran.
"When we came into office, the world was divided; Iran was unified and moving aggressively on its ownagenda," he said. "Today Iran is isolated, and the world is unified and applying the toughest sanctions thatIrans ever experienced, and its having an impact inside of Iran."Obama said he was considering all options for dealing with Iran, but declined to say what those optionsincluded.He said Irans suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons is contrary to the national security interests of the UnitedStates and its allies, including Israel. "And we are going to work with the world community to prevent that,"the president said.Last week at a New York fundraiser, Obama specifically addressed concerns from Israel supporters about hisadministrations approach to the Middle East."I try not to pat myself too much on the back, but this administration has done more in terms of the security ofthe state of Israel than any previous administration," Obama said then.