Like Neville Chamberlain
Five years ago to the day in 2008, both Bush (speaking on foreign soil no less) and McCain accused Obama of being an “appeaser.” In that case, it was for saying that he would talk to groups like Hamas.
I pointed out that the definition of “appeasement” requires the actor to “pacify or placate someone by acceding to their demands.”
Now, in retrospect, I see that in fact, they were right about Obama. Not in that he appeased Hamas or Iran or anyone they were suggesting… but that Obama is an appeaser at home. His major flaw is genuinely wanting to bring in a consensus, despite facing an implacably irrational opposition dead-set to oppose him on any grounds.
Bush and McCain were correct, just not about who Obama would, to our own ruin, appease.
It’s a blind spot that has cost us dearly.