This week, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) made a comparison that Barack Obama is sure to find unfavorable. As reported on The Gateway Pundit blog, West sent the following message on Twitter: "Pres flew into Afghanistan at night for 7 hrs. As sun came up, Taliban gave its response 2 his Chamberlain like actions."
Accompanying the anti-Obama tweet was a link to an ABC News article that covered the attacks that occurred in Afghanistan only hours after the president spoke -- then left -- the country. ABC reported:
The Taliban claimed credit for the attacks, which began with a suicide car bomb that went off near Jalalabad Road at 6 a.m. and was followed by a much larger explosion two hours later. Taliban leaders told media that they targeted Green Village, a heavily fortified compound home to many westerners including U.S. Department of Defense contractors.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told The Wall Street Journal that the attack was a direct response to Obama’s visit.
“This delivers a message to President Obama that he is not welcome in Afghanistan,” Mujahid said. “When he is in Afghanistan, we want him to hear the sound of explosions. Afghanistan does not want his imposed strategy.”
West's Twitter comparison was, of course, intended to be a slam on Obama's policies. Chamberlain was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1937 until 1940. He was known for his appeasement in addressing foreign policy issues. BBC offers up a little of the history behind Champerlain’s views:
Like many in Britain who had lived through World War One, Chamberlain was determined to avert another war. His policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler culminated in the Munich Agreement in which Britain and France accepted that the Czech region of the Sudetenland should be ceded to Germany.
Chamberlain left Munich believing that by appeasing Hitler he had assured ‘peace for our time’. However, in March 1939 Hitler annexed the rest of the Czech lands of Bohemia and Moravia, with Slovakia becoming a puppet state of Germany. Five months later in September 1939 Hitler’s forces invaded Poland. Chamberlain responded with a British declaration of war on Germany.
On May 1, one day before the tweet was sent, West expounded upon his opinions about Obama's Afghan strategy on his Facebook page.
"President Obama obviously does not understand the nature and motivating objectives of the Taliban. I will soon be traveling to the Afghanistan theater of operations to assess the mission and future," West said. "After already spending much time over there I can tell you there will never be a secure Afghanistan as long as the enemy has sanctuary in Pakistan. Nation building is not our objective, it is to destroy radical [I]slamists whereever they exist."
(H/T: Gateway Pundit)