Clinton's National Security Advisor Calls GOP "Isolationist

July 7, 2008 - 8:24 PM

(CNSNews.com) - President Clinton's National Security Advisor Sandy Berger Thursday attacked what he called the "isolationist right" - a reference to congressional conservatives. Berger said that particular group has embraced a "distinctly defeatist" worldview, which Berger believes is imperiling America's world leadership.

Berger made the accusations in a speech to the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. Berger also argued that the Clinton administration's opponents in Congress are animated by an "impulse to withdraw from the world in a way that would squander our advantages, alienate our friends, diminish our credibility, betray our values and discredit our example."

Berger also believes the proponents of this "new isolationism" believe in a "survivalist foreign policy -- build a fortified fence around America, retreat behind it."

Although isolationism is not a majority view, Berger said, "we must face the reality that it no longer is a fringe view. In fact, it is the view of a dominant minority in Congress."

On Capitol Hill, House Republican Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) called Berger's remarks "random name-calling by a frustrated administration annoyed by its own missteps."

Berger's remarks came after the Senate last week rejected the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), a setback that has many in the Clinton administration, especially the President, still reeling. In fact, President Clinton first introduced the "new isolationism" concept at his press conference following the treaty defeat. Since then, Democrats in the White House and on Capitol Hill have repeated the phrase, the latest example being Berger's speech Thursday night.

Democrats are also attacking Republicans as racist, for rejecting the nomination of a black Missouri supreme court justice to the federal bench, and for opposing the nomination of former Senator Carol Mosely-Braun as the US ambassador to New Zealand.