If America is reckless enough to elect Senator Obama the next president of the United States, it will not be the first time we have elected someone who needs a foreign policy learning curve, just the first time we have done it in the time of war. The scary part is when we have elected a novice in many cases it has put us on the brink of war.
Senator Leiberman of Connecticut feels that al Qaeda Will Test the New President Early on, the same way that Russia tested Kennedy early and the way al Qaeda tested Bill Clinton at the beginning of his presidency:
“Our enemies will test the new president early,” Lieberman, I-Conn., told Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer. “Remember that the truck bombing of the World Trade Center happened in the first year of the Clinton administration. 9/11 happened in the first year of the Bush administration.”
Lieberman nonetheless distanced himself from remarks by McCain chief strategist Charlie Black, who came under criticism for suggesting in an interview that McCain’s election chances would be improved if a terrorist attack occurred before November.
“Sometimes even the best of them say things that are not what they intended to say,” Lieberman said. “Certainly the implications there I know were not what Charlie intended. And he apologized for it. Senator McCain said he didn’t agree. And, of course, I feel the same way.
“But here’s the point. We’re in a war against Islamist extremists who attacked us on 9/11. They’ve been trying to attack us in many, many ways since then.”
A former Democratic nominee for vice president, Lieberman endorsed McCain for president because, he says, the Democratic Party he joined in the early 1960s is not reflected by the party’s current leadership.
He also said that he feels McCain is better prepared to be commander in chief than Barack Obama. “[McCain] knows the world,” Lieberman said. “He’s been tested. He’s ready to protect the security of the American people.”
Lieberman also assailed Obama and fellow Senators who called for a timetable of withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and opposed the “surge” of additional U.S. forces pushed forth by President Bush.
“It’s now working,” Lieberman told Schieffer. “If we had done what Senator Obama asked us to do for the last couple of years, today Iran and al Qaeda would be in control of Iraq. It would be a terrible defeat for us and our allies in the Middle East and throughout the world. Instead, we’ve got a country that’s defending itself, that’s growing economically, where there’s been genuine political reconciliation, and where Iran and al Qaeda are on the run. And that’s the way it ought to be.”