You may think, Senator Obama, that talks do not signify appeasement. You may point out that you aren't handing over the Sudetenland to Iran or Syria or North Korea you're simply trying to find common ground.
Let me put this simply, Senator: There is no common ground with those who adamantly cling to evil. Finding a midpoint between the twisted agendas of rogue states and the righteous mission of the United States is capitulation. Ronald Reagan could negotiate with the Soviet Union because he never compromised his basic stance that the Soviet Union was an evil empire that had to dismantle its global objectives. And the Soviet Union compromised because it recognized that the United States would force it into collapse.
You, sir, are no Ronald Reagan. You are not even a Neville Chamberlain --- at least Chamberlain had the excuse that Britain was at a military disadvantage. You are a true believer in your own messianic myth. You are the fellow who thinks, "If only I could talk with him, we could straighten things out." If diplomacy should be the iron fist in the velvet glove, your diplomacy is the cotton-candy ego in the velvet glove.
Senator, I know you believe in the power of your words to convince. And why shouldn't you? You've hoodwinked millions of Americans into backing your presidential campaign. But if you become president, there's something you must recognize: There are some people who cannot be convinced minus the threat of force.
We should know.
The victims of the Holocaust
The victims of Soviet oppression
The victims of Pol Pot
The victims of Ho Chi Minh
The victims of Saddam Hussein
The victims of Yasser Arafat and his successors
The victims of Kim Jung Il
Millions to come