President Obama calls tax-rate-maintaining Republicans "hostage takers" and then explains how he'll only compromise when the "hostages" are threatened.

"It's tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers unless the hostage gets harmed," President Obama said at his Tuesday press conference. "In this case, the hostage was the American people," Obama said.

Isn't the standard doctrine to not negotiate with hostage-takers even if that refusal results in the deaths of the hostages? If you negotiate, you only encourage terrorists to take more hostages. The idea is that in the long run refusing to negotiate will save more lives because it will discourage future hostage-taking.

President Obama's doctrine announces to the world that he's willing to appease hostage-takers, which makes hostage-taking a very attractive strategy for his enemies. I hope the President doesn't treat his own analogy of Republicans::hostage-takers too seriously, because it would be disastrous for America if he were so quick to appease real terrorists.

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