Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, an independent who has endorsed Mr. McCain, assailed Mr. Obama for reacting in what he called an “undeserved and somewhat intemperate” way after Mr. McCain pointed out repeatedly that a Hamas spokesman had said he would welcome Obama’s election.
“The fact that a spokesman for Hamas has said he would welcome the election of Senator Obama really does raise the question of why,” Mr. Lieberman said on CNN. Hamas, he contended, is a proxy of Iran.
Mr. McCain had said that “I think it’s very clear who Hamas wants to be the next president of the United States,” referring to Mr. Obama, and added, “I think that people should understand that I would be Hamas’s worst nightmare.”
Whatever else one might say about Hamas, or Al Qaida, or Osama, they do not appear to be stupid. One can fairly presume, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, that the policies pursued by GWB since 9/11, with more of the same promised by McCain, have contributed more to recruiting terrorists for them than recruits (or friends) for the US military. It would seem likely to me that they would be capable of calculating the impact of their "endorsement" of a US political figure in an American election. The only folks incapable of seeing through that are, as P.T. Barnum might have suggested, a segment of the American voting public. To which one might add, right wing talk show hosts and such far-seeing politicians as suck-up Joe Lieberman.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
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