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  • Senator Lieberman Grades President Obama on His Foreign Policy

    Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) visited Heritage this week to give the annual B.C. Lee lecture, focusing on the importance of American leadership in the Asia-Pacific region. After his speech, he sat down with us for a wide-ranging interview.

    When asked about President Obama’s handling of foreign policy, Lieberman described his performance as “mixed”:

    Because we were so focused after 9/11 on the threat of Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, I don’t think President [George W.] Bush got the credit he deserved for a dramatic improvement in our relationship with Asia in many ways. But it’s to President Obama’s credit that he’s continued to improve relations, and I appreciate it. So I would say in terms of foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific, that’s been good. In some other areas such as the drawdown plans in Iraq and Afghanistan, I have been troubled a lot.

    In addition to fears about losing the additional security gained by the surge in Afghanistan, Lieberman expressed concerns with the signal a premature withdrawal might send to allies and enemies around the world. And with the Administration reportedly contemplating moving up the Afghanistan withdrawal timeline, these concerns are likely to remain.

    On the subject of the Super Committee’s deliberations and the potential threat to our military, Lieberman was direct.

    If the Super Committee fails … that could require as much as an additional five or six hundred billion dollars in cuts. Secretary of Defense Panetta has said that would be devastating. We would have failed to uphold our Constitutional duty to provide for the common defense.

    The interview also touched on America’s relationship to Taiwan and the importance of encouraging free trade.

    The interview runs about 7 minutes. Hosted by Rob Bluey and produced by Brandon Stewart with the help of Kyle Tuckness. For more videos from Heritage, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Watch Senator Lieberman’s full lecture below:

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    8 Responses to Senator Lieberman Grades President Obama on His Foreign Policy

    1. West Texan says:

      It's comforting to see an elected federal senator focusing on foreign affairs and national defense. After-all, these concerns are the national government's constitutional mandate. Thank you for sharing Senator Lieberman's wisdom on such important issues.

      Signed,
      Texan-American (as per federalism's dual sovereignty) and independent voter

    2. Slick says:

      This is a man who, I believe, loves this country, and wants the United States to remain an important force in the world. Obviously he knows that without the stabilizing influence that we have had in the past, the world may become an out-of-control cauldron of anger and rage. He has many years experience in foreign policy, and one has to wonder why no one surrounding the President is listening to his sage words of advice!

      I have no doubt that Joe can see the writing on the wall and that is EXACTLY why he has chosen 2012 to retire from public service. I wonder who will be "the voice of reason and experience" when he is gone. That is not to say that I always agree with his point of view, but for the most part he truly wants only good things for our country and indeed the world.

    3. Slick says:

      This is a man who, I believe, loves this country, and wants the United States to remain an important force in the world. Obviously he knows that without the stabilizing influence that we have had in the past, the world may become an out-of-control cauldron of anger and rage. He has many years experience in foreign policy, and one has to wonder why no one surrounding the President is listening to his sage words of advice!

    4. rmgdnnow says:

      It has just occurred to me that no one has said WHO demanded that Defense be gutted if the "gang of 12" doesn't come up with the requisite amount of budget cuts. The defense of the nation is one of the responsibilities of the government mandated by the Constitution—some will say it is the paramount duty of the government. It is almost treason for anyone to concoct a scheme that will force major cuts in Defense and worsen the already severe perils we face from China and southwest Asia, ie, Iran and other hostile countries in that region. I want to know who is responsible for this outrage.

      • HistoryRepeats says:

        The entire "super committee" idea is orwellian and totalitarian, just as using "czars" to skirt around having to deal with the true will of the people is. I am not surprised that this anti-freedom regime used the Defense cut tactic to further their horrific, power-grabbing agenda.

    5. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Lieberman needs to read Fiedrich A. Hayck's book "the Road to Serfdom."
      I would not find it difficult to believe that when his mother asked him, "Ron, how did you like your Birthday Party?"
      Ron would reply, "It was great Mother. Fantastic! Except maybe for those kids, and the presents. Also the frosting and the cake. the ice cream wasn't bad, but next year could we have chocolate?"

    6. We need a strong defence and a strong army. I would like to see more cuts on other programs ans lest cuts on our military.

    7. Illusionaryr says:

      This is the same old line of crap. Democrats want a very public cut that everyone will notice and feel. THey are anti military so I am sure it had to be in the works for them to show up

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