On Thursday, Lieberman waxed nostalgic over foreign policy giants Democrats like Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy, but said that after Vietnam, it took until the Clinton administration to regain an internationalist, interventionist attitude among Democrats. Just as soon as that attitude returned, it left again once the Bush administration took the reins in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, atmosphere. He said President Bush's call for the spread of democracy across the globe followed a campaign in which, as Lieberman described it, Bush was less interested in foreign policy than his Democratic opponent, Al Gore. Lieberman was Gore's running mate."The Bush administrations post-9/11 ideological conversion confronted Democrats with an awkward choice. Should we welcome the president's foreign policy flip-flop? Or should Democrats match it with a flip-flop of our own?" Lieberman said.
"I felt strongly that Democrats should embrace the basic framework that the president articulated for the War on Terror as our own — because it was our own. It was our legacy ... But that was not the choice most Democrats made. Instead, they flip-flopped," he said.
Lieberman said Democrats aren't being guided by principle, but partisanship.
"Even as evidence has mounted that General Petraeus' new counterinsurgency strategy is succeeding, Democrats have remained emotionally invested in a narrative of defeat and retreat in Iraq, reluctant to acknowledge the progress we are now achieving, or even that that progress has enabled us to begin drawing down our troops there," he added.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Below is an example of Lieberman's comments concerning the Democrats and their stance on foreign policy. I think Lieberman (Al Gore's running mate in 2000 and current independent) is just about the only sane person caucusing with the Democrats in Congress and the Senate when it comes to foreign policy. The Dems have chosen a path of partisanship and political manuvering over meaningful dialogue and solutions for our foreign policy. Kerry in the 2004 election basic foreign policy stance was, I don't like what the president is doing. so you ask him what he would differently and basically he would do everything the president was currently doing only much better and everyone in europe would love him for it. Come on, why would we change presidents then! So now it's take another tack so we can start winning elections. That tack seems to be oppose everything the president is doing no matter that we have no solutions to the real problems he is trying to solve. All we here from the three Democratic front runners is how much they hate the war but when confronted about pulling troops out or deadlines they went running for the hills. All they have is complaints, whining and hate speach but nothing meaningful that will help make us and the world a safer.