Bush raps Obama pledge to meet hostile leaders
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush on Thursday sharply criticized Democratic front-runner Barack Obama’s pledge to meet Cuban leader Raul Castro without preconditions, leaping squarely into the race to succeed him.
“I’m not suggesting there’s never a time to talk, but I’m suggesting now is not the time … to talk with Raul Castro,” Bush told a White House news conference.
Obama quickly fired back, saying, “The American people aren’t looking for more of a do-nothing Cuba policy that has failed to secure the release of dissidents, failed to bring democracy to the island and failed to advance freedom for 50 years.”
It was the first major instance of Bush injecting himself into the presidential race to choose who will succeed him in the November election, with his unpopular Iraq war a major debating point on the campaign trail.
His comments also reflected how closely he is watching the campaign and how eager he is to guard his legacy. He has yet to formally endorse the Republican front-runner, Arizona Sen. John McCain, but is expected to do so.
Bush also appeared to join McCain in rebuking Obama for his remarks about Iraq at a Tuesday night debate.
Obama said during the debate with rival Hillary Clinton in Ohio that once he followed through on his pledge to speedily withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, he might have to send troops back in if al Qaeda were to form a base there.
McCain on Wednesday all but called Obama naive for making the comment, saying al Qaeda was already in Iraq, prompting Obama to blame Bush and McCain for al Qaeda being there. Continued…
This guy is scary. He is going to be America’s Chamberlain, before he morphs into Quisling…