Lieberman Advocates Responsible Foreign Policy
1:55 PM, Jun 21, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
I must say that I am excited about what is around the bend. But as one of Hudson’s scholars, the great American author Ralph Ellison, put it: “The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.” For me that means: I may be leaving the United States Senate, but I am not planning to retire from public life anytime soon, or from the causes that I have fought for throughout my career.
One cause that I promise to fight for is the need to strengthen and deepen a bipartisan center of internationalism in this country on key national security and economic issues. Although this will require the understanding, leadership, and support of both Republicans and Democrats, the fact is, the real divide when it comes to foreign policy is not between Democrats and Republicans.
It is between those who understand that our national interests require us to remain involved in the world and those who would rely on big oceans and hollow hopes to protect us. It is a divide between those who believe America cannot afford to be a world leader any more, and those who understand that America cannot afford NOT to be a leader in the world.
For me, the choice is clear and it is in the spirit of accepting that continuing responsibility that I gratefully accept the Doolittle Prize this evening. Thank you.