Here’s the transcript from MSNBC via ThinkProgress:

“President Bush got it exactly right today when he warned about the threat of Iran and its terrorist proxies like Hamas and Hezbollah. It is imperative that we reject the flawed and naïve thinking that denies or dismisses the words of extremists and terrorists when they shout “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” and that holds that — if only we were to sit down and negotiate with these killers — they would cease to threaten us. It is critical to our national security that our commander-in-chief is able to distinguish between America’s friends and America’s enemies, and not confuse the two.”

So I guess North Korea and Libya don’t count, right?

Listen, the only people confusing America’s friends and America’s enemies is Bush, Lieberman and anybody else who suggest that diplomacy is appeasement. It’s not. And it’s been shown that when we go it alone on specious evidence, our ability to have leverage to strike an imminent threat is obviously lessened.

And again…do North Korean and Libya count?

To that point, watch Pat Buchanan make the point for me…it’s towards the back.

My question: will McCain back these statements? After all, Lieberman is his “left” hand man.

More as it develops…

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