The Washington Times - April 13, 2009, 10:17AM

So it seems we don’t negotiate with terrorists after all. But if you think you missed that language from President Barack Obama’s remarks responding to the pirate-hostage resolution, you didn’t. The language was never offered. Instead, action by the superb Navy SEALS (apparently “signed off” by President Obama) confirmed what has been long-standing U.S. policy and frequently reiterated by President George W. Bush but shunned by liberals. As recently as last year, President Bush called such talks:

“The false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

And in 2004, he took a much stronger stance:

“No nation can negotiate with terrorists. For there is no way to make peace with those whose only goal is death.”

That is exactly what the money-grubbing, ransom-seeking, weapons wielding terrorists on the sea were seeking to do as they had their guns trained at the head of American Captain Richard Phillips. And why, as it turns out, the reported Navy snipers rightly had to take them out.

Although President Obama has indicated in the past that he does not support talks with actual terrorists, he’s made it more than apparent that he’s looking forward to tea with terror sponsors such as Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It’s no wonder the flowery language of his post-release remarks fell flat.

“We remain resolved to halt the rise of piracy in this region. To achieve that goal, we must continue to work with our partners to prevent future attacks.”

Ironic how Mr. Obama has mastered the art of saying something without saying anything at all, while reluctantly maintaining the status quo, quietly casting aside previous efforts to fight against what actually works.

—Tara Wall is editor of