If the Clinton Adminstration had done something like this . . .
U.S. diplomats and intelligence officers are conducting secret talks with Iraq’s Sunni insurgents on ways to end fighting there, Time magazine reported yesterday, citing Pentagon and other sources.
… the right wingers would run the word "appeaser" into the ground.
But it is Bush, so they don’t. Hypocrisy of the right.
Of course, what you THINK is happening isn’t ACTUALLY happening, according to the Bush Administration:
The Bush administration has said it would not negotiate with Iraqi fighters and there is no authorized dialogue, but the United States is having "back-channel" communications with certain insurgents, unidentified Washington and Iraqi sources told the magazine.
I guess that’s why the right wing blogosphere isn’t calling Bush an "appeaser". Because Bush isn’t "officially" negotiating with terrorists. He’s only unofficially negotiating with terrorists, and that’s okay.