The appeasers, whatever their failings, which were considerable, were nonetheless not hypocrites and liars. Neville Chamberlain never claimed he was acting on Czechoslovakia’s behalf: that it somehow would be better off without half its territory and population. In his policy on the Middle East, President Obama, by contrast, claims to be acting not only in America’s best interest but also in Israel’s – hence his statement three months ago that he has Israel’s back.
But the president’s statement is manifestly untrue. And the fact that it is untrue shows that, as a political leader and as a human being, he is even worse than the appeasers.