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Lieberman: McCain's 'Stark Contrast' to Obama

Wednesday, 21 May 2008 11:31 AM

By Newsmax Staff

Voters have a clear choice when it comes to choosing a president who will stand up to America’s enemies and strengthen U.S. foreign policy — and that choice is Republican John McCain, Sen. Joe Lieberman declares.

In an article appearing in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, Lieberman faults Democrats for their tepid support for the war on terror following 9/11, blaming partisanship and capitulation to the party’s far left wing.

After the September 11 terrorist attacks, “I felt strongly that Democrats should embrace the basic framework the president had advanced for the war on terror as our own, because it was our own,” said Lieberman, who lost the Democratic primary in Connecticut in 2006 and was re-elected as an independent.

“But that was not the choice most Democratic leaders made. When total victory did not come quickly in Iraq, the old voices of partisanship and peace at any price saw an opportunity to reassert themselves. By considering centrism to be collaboration with the enemy – not bin Laden, but Mr. Bush – activists have successfully pulled the Democratic Party further to the left than it has been at any point in the last 20 years.

“Far too many Democratic leaders have kowtowed to these opinions rather than challenging them. That unfortunately includes Barack Obama, who, contrary to his rhetorical invocations of bipartisan change, has not been willing to stand up to his party's left wing on a single significant national security or international economic issue in this campaign.

“In this, Sen. Obama stands in stark contrast to John McCain, who has shown the political courage throughout his career to do what he thinks is right – regardless of its popularity in his party or outside it.”

McCain also understands what many Democrats are seemingly confused about lately — the difference between America's friends and America's enemies, according to Lieberman, who refers to Obama’s stated willingness to meet with the leadership of Iran and other “vicious” regimes.

“What Mr. Obama has proposed is not selective engagement, but a blanket policy of meeting personally as president, without preconditions, in his first year in office, with the leaders of the most vicious, anti-American regimes on the planet,” Lieberman writes.

“If a president ever embraced our worst enemies in this way, he would strengthen them and undermine our most steadfast allies.

“A great Democratic secretary of state, Dean Acheson, once warned ‘no people in history have ever survived, who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies.’ This is a lesson that today's Democratic Party leaders need to relearn.”

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