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Joe Lieberman Watch: The President Got it Exactly Right

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) speaks his mind regarding direct talks with Iran with E.D. Hill on Fox News

And, John McCain agrees.

Senator John McCain, who has been critical of President Bush on the environment and other policies this week, on Thursday morning wholeheartedly endorsed Mr. Bush’s veiled rebuke in the Israeli Knesset of Senator Barack Obama that talking to “terrorists and radicals’’ was no different than appeasing Hitler and the Nazis.

“Yes, there have been appeasers in the past, and the president is exactly right, and one of them is Neville Chamberlain,’’ Mr. McCain told reporters on his campaign bus after a speech in Columbus, Ohio. “I believe that it’s not an accident that our hostages came home from Iran when President Reagan was president of the United States. He didn’t sit down in a negotiation with the religious extremists in Iran, he made it very clear that those hostages were coming home.’’

Asked if he thought that former President Jimmy Carter, who struggled with the hostage crisis, was an appeaser, Mr. McCain replied: “I don’t know if he was an appeaser or not, but he terribly mishandled the Iranian hostage crisis.’’

Jimmy Carter botched the Iranian hostage crisis and disgraced the United States. He continues to be a disgrace.

Barack Obama is NO different than Carter in this matter. The Obama policy of unconditional talks with Iran’s Ahmadinejad: “Speak softly and let your enemies beat you with your own stick.”

Asked if he thought Mr. Obama was an appeaser — the Democratic candidate has said he would be willing to meet with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran — Mr. McCain sidestepped and said, “I think that Barack Obama needs to explain why he wants to sit down and talk with a man who is the head of a government that is a state sponsor of terrorism, that is responsible for the killing of brave young Americans, that wants to wipe Israel off the map, who denies the Holocaust. That’s what I think Senator Obama ought to explain to the American people.’’

The Team Obama response is here. And, the Democrat Party cover Obama’s ass response is here.

The Fall Presidential debates WILL be interesting.

Now, will Hillary weigh into this flap?