McCain Steps Up Foreign Policy Attacks

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2008 8:08 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., addresses the American Legion National Convention Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 in Phoenix.    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – John McCain continued his effort today to paint Barack Obama’s as a soft, cocky cosmopolitan who would diminish the nation's strength, Politico reports. Before a crowd of veterans, McCain attacked Obama’s foreign policy credibility. "If he really thinks that, by liberating Iraq from a dangerous tyrant, America somehow set a bad example that invited Russia to invade a small, peaceful and democratic nation, then he should state it outright—because that is a debate I welcome.”

McCain went after Obama’s initial response to the Georgian conflict, saying, “Confusion about such questions only invites more trouble, violence and aggression.” The Obama campaign counters: “The 'confusion' here is between John McCain rhetoric that no one's love of country should be questioned and the reality of his campaign's daily, false, personal and detestable attacks on Senator Obama.”