George Bush: "Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah appeasment."
Democrats: "Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, false political attack."
Is it hopeless to expect that something useful might come of all this, or at least something more responsive than:
His top foreign policy adviser, Susan Rice, said this morning on MSNBC that Obama will deliver a "very vigorous response to what was an outrageous, unprecedented, and divisive attack from President Bush yesterday which was patently dishonest."
I don't think Obama is naive enough to just meet with anybody at any time with no conditions and expect that a rogue state or fanatic leader will just bend to his will. But he would obviously be more inclined to the "stay engaged" view than John McCain, so it would be helpful to know some of his thinking about the when and why and how of such meetings. And I likewise don't believe McCain would never engage hostile foreign leaders, so I'd like to hear his thinking, too.