May 16, 2008: Obama seizes on appeasement flap (Politico)

  • "I don't know how the politics of this plays out," Obama told reporters Friday. "But I know what we have done over the last eight years has not worked. … I believe there is no separation between John McCain and George Bush when it comes to our Middle East policy and I think their policy has failed. I will make that case as strongly as I can to the American people. I trust the American people to trust their own eyes and to see what the results have been."
  • "It would be a wonderful thing if we lived in a world where we don't have enemies," McCain said Friday at the National Rifle Association convention in Louisville, Ky. "But that is not the world we live in, and until Senator Obama understands that reality, the American people have every reason to doubt whether he has the strength, judgment, and determination to keep us safe."
  • "So, I mean the American people are gonna look at the evidence and they're gonna say to themselves, 'You know, we don't get the sense that this has been a wise foreign policy or a tough foreign policy or a smart foreign policy,'" Obama said. "This has been a policy that often times has been revolved around a lot of bluster and big talk but very little performance, and what the American people want right now is some performance."