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  Lieberman Heaps Praise On Obama For Afghan Policy, Al-Arabiya Interview
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News DateThursday, January 29, 2009 09:40:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBarack Obama received heavy praise for his policy on Afghanistan and approach to the Middle East from a somewhat unlikely source: the Senator who once wondered whether his presidency would be danger to America.

In a speech at the Brookings Institute on Thursday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman praised the new commander-in-chief for his commitment to deploying more armed forces to Afghanistan, saying he was confident in Obama's position and the team charged with its execution.

"He has made it very clear that this is a war he intends to win and he has moved swiftly to take command of it. He has not wavered in his pledge to deploy more troops to the region. In fact, the first new brigade combat team is deploying there right now," said the Connecticut independent. "The combination of Dick Holbrooke and David Petraeus working under Bob Gates and Hillary Clinton is not something I would bet against."

"This is a remarkably talented team," he concluded.

Lieberman continued to gush about the president's actions later, suggesting that the interview Obama gave to al-Arabiya -- the first of his presidency -- sent fear down the spines of terrorist leaders.

"I thought the president was superb in that interview, it was very important that he did this as his first interview after he took office, that he spoke to the Muslim world," said Lieberman. "I think now he has people hiding out in the caves and the Fatah worrying that he might be their worst nightmare. I certainly hope so."

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