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. Hey "Listen"

    "Listen"

    You are SOOO right about everything!! I wish others could actually BELIEVE what you say and understand what your people have gone through.

    May 21, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Belle,

    Do you understand why we say we don't need you Clinton supporters.
    Its because we are sick of being threatened by you say if not Hillary, then McCain. We're just tired of it, go vote for McCain,

    BUT STOP THREATNING US.

    May 21, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. noemi in los angeles

    With McSame win: Not only will we have the Iraq war, but he will launch the Iran war. Thousands of more soldiers will die; the anger of Iraqis and Iranians will only grow louder.

    With Obama's win: Peaceful negotiations will start. The war in the middle east will end. The countries of the world will unite in one voice against terrorism. America will restore the world's respect.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. –Jimi Hendrix

    McBush and Clinton represent the love of power, with them... our world wont know peace.

    May 21, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Jeanne, San Diego

    McCain needs to stop channeling Bush and adopt a more moderate & sensible policy. I can't believe this guy is "experienced". He's acting like a rooky, like Bush. Obama's foreign relations policy sounds sensible and similar to what America has done all along, up until Bush/Cheney/Rove occupation of the White House. McCain really ought to run as far away from those policies as he can.

    May 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. mmartin arkansaw

    this is mccains only hope.he hopes a crises erupts so he can scare americans into voting for him.i wouldn't put it past this administration to cause a 'crises' with iran,to try and influence the election,this fall.remember i told you this,wolf.we will need the media to remain unbiased,and for the rights of americans ,if the right-wing establishment uses a criminal tactic,like starting a war with iran.

    May 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. shelly in IL

    "Violence never redeems it only makes things worst".

    May 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Mike from Westchester

    Joe

    Did any of the dozen or so candidates have previous experience as President of a large country? Was McCain President of Japan, Germany, Bolivia?

    Let's see – inexperienced Presidents.... hmmmmmm... Washington, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, JFK, Clinton. Not bad company, huh?

    Actually, our more experienced Presidents tend to be the worst. There is an inverse relationship between experience and performance. Could that be because when we don't have a visionary, inspirational, natural leader available, we tend to go for the old mediocre candidate?

    Good thing we don't have that problem this time.

    Obama 08! Yes we can!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Val

    To LOOK BYOND

    Did you notice LOOK BYOND how gas prices skyrocketed shortly after Democracts took control of Congress in November of 2006? Did you ever think that maybe the US economy is allergic to the Democrat-controlled Congress and is having an allergic reaction now? Think about. Right after Democrats took control gas prices started climbing up and real estate market crashed. Coincidence? I don't know.

    May 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Paul

    Let's face it. Our foreign policy has recently been a disaster. Half the world hates us, in spite of the fact this is the first place they turn to when earthquakes, typhoons etc hit.
    We should talk to Cuba. McCain has to attack him on something.

    May 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. hill.bill.y

    if we need experience, how about George Bush, he has the most experience. Can we vote for him?

    May 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Vote Hillary

    Re:Crazy LA May 21st, 2008 3:55 pm ET

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

    If no Hillary vote McCain"
    Oh i will not only vote Mcain i'll work my heart out for him,Mcain all the way 08..........I love the way Obama is trying to squirm his way out of the unconditional talks with supporters of terrorist's he uses the word "preperation's" now it's disgusting the man knows nothing except how to memorize written pretty speaches, America wake up put the Kool Aide down! Why Why would you even give the time of day to people who supply the guns,ammunition etc; to kill our brave men and women why why?? NO OBAMA 08!! Vote Mcain all Hillary supporters if she's ripped of the nomintion Vote Mcain God Bless America

    May 21, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Jim D

    For those of you who want "change", don't forget that it will mean:

    1) Across the board, spiraling energy costs as we remain enslaved to foreign oil because we can't develop our own traditional energy sources or develop alternate sources because they will "damage the environment".
    2) Having a health care fee taken from your paycheck, just like Social Security, to pay for everyone's healthcare.
    3) Increasing food costs as farm land is redirected from food crops to ethanol-production use.
    4) Total political collapse of the middle east as we decrease support for Israel and quickly leave Iraq and Afghanistan (also, see comment 1).
    4) Having a college education fee taken from your paycheck, just like Social Security, to fund higher education for anyone who can't or won't pay for it on their own.
    5) Illegal immigration will continue unabated, depressing labor wages and allowing entrance to potential terrorists.

    May 21, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    THAT IS INTERESTING BECAUSE OBAMA DOESN'T KNOW SQUAT ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY!!!!!!

    HILLARY DOES, AND SHE COULD MEET WITH THESE PEOPLE AND KNOWS A LOT OF THEM ON A PERSONAL BASIS!!!!!

    I CAN IMAGINE HOW THEY WILL LAUGH AT THE US IF WE NOMINATE A GUY NAMED BORACK OBAMA TO BE OUR PRESIDENT!!!

    THIS GUY IS NOT QUALIFIED AND WILL BE MADE TO LOOK LIKE A FOOL!!!!

    HE IS NOT ELECTABLE!!!!

    MY TRUST AND VOTE GOES TO HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. R.I.F.

    Sharon Minnesota May 21st, 2008 3:59 pm ET
    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
    ____________
    If there's a 00000.1% chance that you were a democrat, please don't come back. You're way too good at being a republican. Glen Beck is a conservative and Lou Dobbs just hates Obama because Obama called him out once. I guess you like Pat Buchanan, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reily as well? Just like any other true life-long democrat. Throw in a little Rush Limbaugh and your day is complete.

    My first comment on this ticker was a comment and not a response to something silly that you or your fellow dittoheads said.

    What's up with this identify yourself stuff? You said the same thing about Obama. What do we need to identify? Go to Obama's website and you can read all about him and all of his polices.

    May 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    YOU KNOW WHEN YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS GET ON HERE AND CALL THE HILLARY SUPPORTERS NAMES IT JUST SHOWS THAT YOU ARE IGNORANT!!!!!

    GROW UP!

    YOUR GUY CANNOT GRASP THE LEAD! SORRY!!!!!!!

    KEEP IT UP HILLARY!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. laf

    I know CNN won't post this. I am sitting here almost banging my head on a hard surface reading these blogs. I find it hard to fathom how people in our country can be soo stupid and so completely ignorant. Seriously, if just being in a war zone makes you experienced in than why isn't George Clooney running for President.

    May 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Leave It Alone

    Military Experience: Where is Hillary's military experience? Did she serve?

    Inexperience: Bush had no experience and now what?

    Naivety: You are if you think things will get better voting for McCain.

    I find it funny if Hillary doesn't get the nomination sit home, because you will not be able to afford the gas prices when McCain becomes president!!!

    If you don't want to vote for Obama have a legit reason.........or just say it you are prejudice and you are not ready for a black president.

    STOP THE MADESS!!!

    May 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. mmartin arkansaw

    this is not a military dictatorship anymore ,marie.you don't have to be in the military to be president.that's just a right-wing myth,'sweetie'.

    May 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. noemi in los angeles

    I don't think Clinton can argue with a "sexist" bid. Nobody has been sexist here. She's playing the victim. EVEN IF they had been sexist, she can't complain when she's played the role of a typical housewife who forgives her husbands infidelities... yes, he had more women than lewinsky. look it up. What kind of woman allows her husband to cheat on her and still stay with him?? How can any women stand by her after this, especially feminists?? This does not show any character, it only shows us that she's willing to put up with Bill in order to have political power.... because who votes for a divorced politician?? Whatever, I'm a woman, and I don't see Obama as sexists. Clinton is simply spinning any story to get elected. Remember, she's the "Do and Say Anything Candidate".

    Chill out, Woman!!

    May 21, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Blitzer, I am not seeing what Mccain has stepped up. He sounds like a broken old record.

    May 21, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Mike from Westchester

    Republican scare tactics are NOT going to work this time. The American public, including many Republicans, are really pissed off at the mess Bush and his neo-cons have made of our country.

    No more BS. You had your chance and you blew it big time. Step aside and let us clean up your mess. You have shown you cannot lead, so either follow or get the HE!! out of our way!

    May 21, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Caryn, WDC

    Stop ganging up on Marie folks.

    Hillary has plenty of military experience...it takes someone with quite a lot of military experience to dodge sniper fire...

    Oh wait...

    May 21, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Linda, Kentucky

    To Marie,

    How many years has Bush served in the armed forces? He got out of it, didn't he? How about Bill Clinton? How about Hillary? Cheney got a deferment. Just about everyone in the White House got out of serving in Vietnam. Should Obama have gone there? He was still in elementary school.

    What this boils down to is if we want a president who threatens and bombs or one who is willing to negotiate from a position of strength. I vote for negotiation. It's cheaper, and it saves lives.

    May 21, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Dilly WA

    McCain is a dangerous old man. Hero or not, he is angry,dishonesrt and tied to multiple lobbists who have earned money supporting dictators and facists. He has a giant chip on his shouder and an unstable temper. If you want endless wars and lobbiest ties to dictators vote for him. If you're ready to try diplomacy and military action agaisnt the correct enemies to acheive the right ends vote for Obama

    May 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. PCS / North Carolina

    marie wrote May 21st, 2008 3:50 pm ET

    "Where is Obama's military experience…??? anyone??? Obama fanatics??? How many years has he served our country's armed forces?"

    How many Presidents in the U.S.A had military experience ? How about Hillary ?

    "Rumsfield and the other Iraq war douches had plentry of military experience but were still inept….so much for mission accomplished."

    Yeah, Donald was a friend of "Axis of Evil" Saddam Hussain when it was for our benefit. Probably he was negotiating the commision for the Haliburton.

    May 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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