Friday, May 16, 2008

US election furore after Bush's 'appeasement' remark

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The explosive issue of how to handle America's enemies detonated into the US election campaign Thursday after President George W. Bush implied Democrats want to appease terrorists.

Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama fought back hard, accusing Bush of plumbing the "politics of fear" with his comments in Israel while allies said the president transgressed by launching a partisan attack on foreign soil.

But Republican candidate John McCain joined in a tag-team attack on Obama, who favors direct negotiations with US foes including Iran and Syria, as a key foreign policy flashpoint of November's general election erupted.

"Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along," Bush told the Israeli parliament.

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