Washington: Amid fierce criticism from
several Republican White House candidates of following a
policy of appeasement on the foreign policy front, President
Barack Obama on Friday offered an icy riposte: "ask Osama bin
"Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al Qaeda
leaders who`ve been taken off the field whether I engage in
appeasement --or whoever`s left out there, ask them about
that," Obama said at a news conference here.
Newt Gingrich, the leading Republican candidate said:
"America is the first business of the State Department, not
appeasing our opponents". But he said he was "very, very worried".
"It`s based on a State Department which has consistently
engaged in appeasement," Gingrich said at a meeting on Thursday.
Mitt Romney, another leading Republican presidential
candidate said: "Internationally, President Obama has adopted
an appeasement strategy."
"Appeasement betrays a lack of faith in America, in
American strength and in America`s future," alleged Romney.
He alleged that like others among the Washington elite,
Obama "believes that America`s role as the leader of the world
is a thing of the past, that this is going to be a
post-American century, perhaps an Asian century."
"American strength, he imagines, will eventually be
entirely or partially eclipsed, and so he seeks to appease
those he believes will balance us or who might
challenge our leadership in the future," Romney said.