Lieberman: Obama’s Iraq Trip Only Possible Because of McCain

By Lee Speigel

Jul 20, 2008 12:03pm

"Look, the fact is that if Barack Obama’s policy on Iraq had been implemented, Barack Obama couldn’t go to Iraq today, it wouldn’t be safe," Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ind-Conn., told Chris Wallace this morning on "Fox News Sunday."

"Barack Obama, John McCain saw the same difficulty in Iraq," Lieberman argued, "John McCain had the guts to argue against public opinion, to put his whole campaign on the line because, as he says, he’d rather lose an election than lose a war that he thinks is this important to the United States…"

Lieberman continued: "Sen. McCain and I and others want us out of Iraq, sooner rather than later, but want us out in a way that does not compromise all the gains that American and Iraqi forces have made in Iraq … And frankly, we want to stay there to a victory, because we don’t want all those who have served in the American uniform there to have served, or in some cases died, in vain. Remember this, Chris, we wouldn’t be having this discussion about how to get out unless the surge, which John McCain courageously fought for, taking on the president of his own party, popular opinion, risking his campaign, and which Sen. Obama opposed, worked. So, that’s the good news."

And there’s this charge as well: "If Barack Obama’s policy in Iraq had been implemented, he couldn’t be in Iraq today, is because he was prepared to accept retreat and defeat, and that would mean, today, al Qaeda would be in charge of parts of Iraq, Iranian-backed extremists would be in charge of other parts of Iraq. There’d be civil war and, maybe, even genocide. And the fact is that we are winning in Iraq today. And, you know, you can’t choose, as Sen. Obama seems to think, to lose in Iraq so you can win in Afghanistan. The reality is, if we lost in Iraq, which Obama was prepared to do, we — we would go to Afghanistan as losers."

This is basically the McCain spin on Obama’s Iraq trip: picture Iraq if the U.S. had withdrawn its troops.

- jpt

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