Washington: Responding to criticism from several Republican presidential candidates of following a policy of appeasement on the foreign policy front, US President Barack Obama has said that they should ask Osama bin Laden. “Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al-Qaida 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.