Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticutt excoriates Senator and presumptive Democrat Presidential candidate Barack Obama and the Democrat Party over their evolution of foreign policy.
Today, less than a decade later, the parties have completely switched positions. The reversal began, like so much else in our time, on September 11, 2001. The attack on America by Islamist terrorists shook President Bush from the foreign policy course he was on. He saw September 11 for what it was: a direct ideological and military attack on us and our way of life. If the Democratic Party had stayed where it was in 2000, America could have confronted the terrorists with unity and strength in the years after 9/11.
Instead a debate soon began within the Democratic Party about how to respond to Mr. Bush. 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. 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 â€“ not bin Laden, but Mr. Bush â€“ 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 â€“ regardless of its popularity in his party or outside it.
John also understands something else that too many Democrats seem to have become confused about lately â€“ the difference between America’s friends and America’s enemies.
In response, the Left trots out RINO and lame duck GOP Senator Chuck Hagel to make quips about McCain.
Weak sauce indeed compared to Lieberman’s hard hitting piece.