"How horrible, fantastic it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing. I am myself a man of peace from the depths of my soul."
-Neville Chamberlain, 1938
Obama's insistence on meeting with the leaders - now "leadership" - of foreign nations hostile to the United States and our allies is irresponsible, reckless, and downright stupid.
The president of Iran has called Israel a "stinking corpse" which needs to be buried. He is openly hostile to the United States, and has provided money, men, and materiel to the so-called insurgents we are fighting in the war on terror. Obama says he is misquoted, insisting that he means to meet with the leadership, not necessarily the president. Does it make a difference? The mullahs of Iran are no better (and perhaps worse) than president Ahmadinijad (or however his repellent name is spelled). They all hate Jews and the West. We know what they intend, and we know they are preparing to execute their plan. We need make no 21st century Munich Agreement.
The left insist "Reagan met with Gorbachev!" True, but Reagan had also built up our military strength so he could negotiate from a position of strength, and only after negotiations had been conducted on a much lower level. They also cry "Kennedy met with Krushchev!" Also true. Shortly after taking office, Kennedy and Krushchev did meet. Nikita the K decided Kennedy was a wuss, which lead directly to the Cuban missile crisis.
Is Obama naive? He is either naive, or the middle-east Manchurian Candidate. To wit: Obama has been endorsed by Hamas.
N.B. - William F. Buckley was present at the aerodrome during Chamberlain's infamous flapping of the worthless Munich Agreement. Strangely, he was also part of the honor guard at FDR's funeral.