had a quick, blunt response Thursday to Republican charges that he's engaged in a foreign policy of "appeasement." (see video below)
," he told reporters at the
Appeasement was the word of the day Wednesday as six Republican presidential candidates spoke at a forum hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington.
It was most often used with regard to Iran, although some said it applied to Obama's broader foreign policy.
"The president, for every thug and hooligan, for every radical Islamist, has had nothing but appeasement," former Sen.
"The Obama administration has confused engagement with appeasement," Rep.
"President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy,"
said it was the
that "has consistently engaged in appeasement."
Obama dismissed the general characterization by referring to the campaign against
"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."