Al Gore's 2000 running mate Joe Lieberman rips into this year's presumptive nominee:
I wish he would just say that the surge has worked. He doesn't have to give credit to John McCain or anyone else. He can give credit to General Petraeus and the troops who have carried it out. . . . A president's credibility is based on the courage of his or her convictions, his or her acceptance of reality, and consistency of views are critical elements of national leadership. A president who squanders those does so at our nation's peril. . . .In other words: Obama won't stand up to George Soros, MoveOn.org and DFA, so why should we believe he would stand up to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hamas and al-Qaeda?
Sen. Obama said this morning that he wants a foreign policy that is tough, smart and principled. . . . Was it tough when Sen. Obama voted to order U.S. troops to retreat from Iraq on a fixed timeline regardless of the recommendations of our military commanders or conditions on the ground? Was it smart when Sen. Obama opposed the surge and predicted that it would fail to improve our security? ... Was it tough and principled when Sen. Obama said he would be open to changing his plan on Iraq after going there and talking to General Petraeus, which I think was the right position, only to change that position hours later after being heatedly criticized by organizations like MoveOn.org? I say respectfully the answer to all those questions is, no.
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