Chamberlain, A Tragic Failure

Abe Greenwald has already drawn attention to Samantha Power’s perplexing effort to defend Barack Obama’s desire to negotiate with America’s enemies by arguing that he is not Neville Chamberlain. That is quite right: before he became Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain had a distinguished career as a businessman, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Minister of Health, and Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was far better prepared to lead Great Britain in 1937 than Obama is to lead the United States in 2008, and though he was ultimately a tragic failure, he was neither “unprepared” nor “unsophisticated.”

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