May 21st, 2008
03:20 PM ET
7 years ago

Blitzer: McCain stepping up foreign policy heat on Obama

Blitzer: Obama and Clinton have escalated their war of words over foreign policy.
Blitzer: Obama and Clinton have escalated their war of words over foreign policy.

(CNN) - John McCain is not letting up on Barack Obama. Virtually every recent day, he has gone after Obama’s national security stance. He says Obama’s willingness to meet with leaders from Iran, North Korea and Venezuela is “reckless, and demonstrates a poor judgment that will make the world more dangerous.” In his latest statement, McCain calls Obama’s approach “naïve” and “based entirely on emotion.”

Obama is responding in kind. “The Bush Iraq policy that asks everything of our troops and nothing of Iraqi politicians is John McCain’s policy, too, and so is the fear of tough and aggressive diplomacy that has left this country more isolated and less secure than at any time in recent history,” Obama said Tuesday night.

Still, there is no doubt that McCain’s strategy of hammering Obama on a nearly daily basis on foreign policy is deliberate. McCain certainly feels very comfortable talking about national security. He sees that as his major strength. And most observers agree McCain would much rather have national security on the agenda right now than the economy where he and his fellow Republicans see themselves as rather vulnerable..

By attacking Obama, moreover, he is helping to frame the debate and put the Democratic candidate on the defensive. That’s the strategy for now.


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soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Kenneth M

    McCAIN NEEDS TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT. THE MORE HE TALKS THE MORE HE LOOKS LIKE HE IS AFFRAID OF DIPLOMACY. WEATHER HE THINKS IT WILL WORK OR NOT HE LOOKS OUTDATED AND WEAK SAYING, "IT WONT WORK" HE SHOULD CHANGE THE SUBJECT TO WHAT WILL WORK, OR COME UP WITH A DIFFERENT TOPIC. IT IS A NOW WINNER FOR HIM AND ALL IT DOES IS KEEP OBAMA IN THE LIME LIGHT.

    May 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Griff

    You have to get you're wing's first... Or you can't fly, with the Big Birds...

    May 21, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Crazy LA

    Go McCain! Mr. "Flip-Flopper" Obama is a complete fool on foreign policy.

    If no Hillary vote McCain.

    May 21, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    McCain and his ilk live in fear and like to foist that fear upon the American people in order to control them. A fearful electorate is vulnerable to things such as WMDs in Iraq and the idea of destroying Iran, who doesn't even have nuclear power yet and if they did, wouldn't have a means to deliver it.

    Diplomacy and negotiation are far better policies. Most thinking people in this country are tired of war, tired of casualties, and don't live with mindless fear.

    The notion that Obama will not protect us from terrorists is so patently absurd it hardly requires a response. Does anybody really think he wants those kids of his to be unprotected from terrorism? Please!

    This is just the beginning of the campaign for fall. Have no doubts that it will become very ugly, because the GPO is very afraid of Obama.

    May 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. LaShanda

    McSame is pushing this garbage while Israeli and Syrian leaders have sat down to discuss peace.

    May 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. CAA

    McCain – why don't you just let it go!! Why don't you focus on what is more important at hand – studying Economics 101 and getting yourself educated on the economy.

    May 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Jeff

    Hey marie

    Where is Hillary's miltary experience? How many years has she served the counry's armed forces? Where was Bill Clinton's military experience? He was a pretty good president, don't you agree?

    May 21, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Tn

    can make in make deal for OIL so we pay 3 cent a galon, stop selling weapon to Arab kuwait because they sell oil so high!! we are dumb sucker!

    May 21, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Listen

    I recall hearing stories how America hated Martin Luther King Jr and how other people hated Ghandi. Hate is breed into us. If you study the words of Jesus Christ that is not what he teaches.

    So many people want to hate Obama but history will show his greatness. Then they'll have a holiday for him just like King.

    This is probably why so many older Americans vote for Hillary because they are from the time and era where hate was craddled. Where they enjoyed watching men & women hung from a tree, sprayed with tear gas, water, bullets, wips and dogs attacking. I recall seeing these older (then young) people smiling and recall the hateful remarks. I am a successful black man and I've been to Ky & WV and I know they still have those feelings. Pa.'s own governor stated the same thing about his state. These are the people that Hillary attracts. Not the majority, but that is one of her largest demographic. Some people don't change. But, there is a new America brewing.

    America is changing and that is what you can now be proud of. As an African American why would we be proud of the history America has put us through. It is well documented that the government (CIA & FBI) planted drugs in black neighborhoods. Gave them syphillis. Lynch and raped us and then paraded these evil men to us as hero's. The majority Americans love Washington, Jefferson, and all the rest of these evil men. But they murdered and raped my ancestors – why would I be proud of that. The same Hillary demographic lynched, murdered, raped, attacked and abused my grand parents, Should I be proud of that. But as I said before there is a new time brewing. People with fresh ideas and equal views are becoming the majority and for that I am proud.

    I've always had friends of different races but racist views still existed amongst them. I can hear it in conversations just as I hear it today. I love women and all races. If you believe the story of Jesus Christ and the Bible then you know that in the beginning God created Man and from his rib he created Woman. Meaning we are one. So in the beginning there was one man & woman that created the billions of people on earth today. Do some research and find out were the oldest human fossil ever was found and where all scientist are in agreement of where civilization began.

    May 21, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. D.Kimbro OHIO

    This strategy will backfire when we are also in Iran by years end. Has anyone seen Osama Bin-Laden. Of course not we are still not looking for him while we pursue all these other stupid policies. On the subject of Cuba we have not spoken with them for fifty years and they are still there. Let's talk to them I need a good cigar and some Sansabel slacks.

    May 21, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Ratgurl

    For all you Women who threaten to vote for McCain if Hillary's not the nominee, think about this:

    A vote for McCain is a vote for a man who will be replacing up to 3 supreme court judges with ultraconservative judges, thus overturning Roe v Wade. While you, yourself, may be too old for this to matter, there are many women following in your footsteps for whom this may be a huge issue. Think about them instead of yourselves.

    Also, to call Obama a sexist mysoginst is just plain stupid. Go ahead & vote for McCain – the same man who PUBLICLY derided his wife by calling her a trollop & THE "C" WORD in front of the press. Yeah, there's a guy who really supports womens' rights!

    And finally, why don't you just offer your children up to go over to Iran to fight "BUSH WAR version3.0," or better yet, go over there yourself. I'm sure our precious America could use a little Darwinism.

    May 21, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh yeah McCain,

    well...

    BOMB AND INTIMIDATE EVERYBODY IS NOT A FOREIGN POLICY McINSANE.

    OH YEAH ITS RECKLESS TOO CRAZY OLD MAN.

    May 21, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Sharon Minnesota

    Wolf, why is it every time Obama gets a little heat, you are right there to give him free air time. His speeches are getting a little monotonous. The only people worth watching on CNN anymore are Lou Dobbs and Glen Beck.

    RIF identify yourself and go ahead have a field day. Yes, golly, gee, I'm a closet Republican, you got me!! NOT permanently, only until the lefty winged Obama is gone from the scene. Then I can go back to my wayward party, maybe this year yet.

    Obama supporters should try thinking up some of their own comments for a change instead of negatively responding to everyone else's.

    May 21, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. kim portland, oregon

    kevin lee, i TOTALLY agree with you. diplomacy is the mature, smart, most effective, and STRONGEST way to deal with our enemies.

    attacking and ignoring is not only dangerous, ineffective and EXPENSIVE, it's like the insecure, weak bully on the playground who has to fight cuz he's dumber than all the other kids. and that's who they appeal to with their "terrorist" talk-angry bullies and fearful sheep!

    i know you dont do research and reading on your own, but if you did you would see that the vast majority of other first-world countries have committed to or have already started talks with hamas and other "terrorist" groups.

    a little research will also show that not even two years ago, MCCAIN said it was a GOOD IDEA to start talks with hamas to try to cool things down over there. why dont you ever question mccain on his non-stop flip-flopping? and he does SERIOUS 180s on his opinions cuz he knows that's what your righties want to hear. you better get to know your candidate a little better before you just hand him your vote!

    May 21, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Matt

    John McCain = Bush Light!

    May 21, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Walter, Long Beach

    It takes courage to stand up for your principles without resorting to violence or threats of violence.

    Somewhere along the line, McCain turned into a coward.

    May 21, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Matt

    How does McCain differ from Bush on foreign policy that is the real question ?

    May 21, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. sacto joe

    McCain has to attack. That's a kind of defense. But the fact is that Obama has him on the defensive, and is pressing HIS attack! Why? Because McCain is vunerable on this issue, and will remain vunerable right up until election day. The Iraq war is EXTREMELY unpopular, and getting more so. The techniqes and ideologies that got us into it are, frankly, bankrupt. And Senator Obama knows that.

    May 21, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Gretchen in California

    Didn't Bush meet with the leader of North Korea?
    And didn't Reagan meet with the leader of Iran?
    And aren't Bush's envoys meeting with Hamas this week?
    Poor McCain. I almost feel sorry for the old guy. This campaign is going to be too much for him.

    May 21, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    McCAIN?

    Are you people for real, I guess if something is not working, just keep doing it. Haven't you had enough of this?

    Experience?

    Rumsfeld and Cheney have had more than 70 years of experience together, look how that worked out.

    Obama's foreign experience, two words:

    Bill Richardson

    May 21, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    FOLKS DON'T FORGET MCBIGOT'S PARTNER IN THE

    SUPPORT OF THE BUSH FOREIGN POLICY THAT LED

    TO THE 100 YEAR WAR, OUR OWN HILLIE.

    AND WE GOT NO APOLOGY AS YET.

    May 21, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Independent

    I am sure Obama will go there once his is the nominee. It would be far to presumptive to do so before Hillary drops out.

    All you hillary whiners, complaining that Obama hasnt been to Iraq, which would you prefer, he claim victory and start visiting these places, or wait until after all the primaries are over?

    For the Hillary supporter who was complaining about Obama not having Military experience, just how many years has Hillary been in the military? you hypocrite.

    May 21, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Marcus B

    I don't think you need to be a front row, gun-toting, soldier to be able to judge whether or not the country should go to war. And the point of a Presidential Cabinent, is to apoint people who are stronger than the President on specific issues. He will have the opinions and guidance of at least 4 experiences, proffesional, intelligent, Cabinent members. Let's be serious, no President in the history of this country has been an expert on every front of running the country. Get real. McCain is a trigger happy, old fart. It is time for change!

    May 21, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Oneil

    All i will tell McCain ist that war is not the only answer. We know you are a war monger and have shed Blood. But please McCain believe it or not diplomatic talks is the answer to all the problems.

    May 21, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Dennis

    marie: You asked where Obama's military experience was before promoting Senators Clinton and McCain. I ask you: where is Senator Clinton's military experience? Where was George Bush's military experience? How about Bill Clinton's? You don't have to have any military experience to be President. In fact, look at what happened in the last election: President Bush beat a military veteran in John Kerry.

    May 21, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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