The Washington Times - June 30, 2008, 04:23PM

The White House today agreed with Sen. Joseph Lieberman that the United States is likely to suffer a terrorist attack in 2009 after the next president is inaugurated.


White House press secretary Dana Perino, during a midday briefing, was asked whether she agreed that it is “very likely the U.S. will get hit again in the next year, in 2009, because enemies of the U.S. will try to test the new President.”

“I think Senator Lieberman, unfortunately, could be right.  And the only reason I say that is because we know that there are people who are very dangerous who are trying to attack us every day,” Mrs. Perino said.

Mr. Lieberman, a Connecticut Independent, said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that “our enemies will test the new president early.”

Mr. Lieberman argued that Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is “ready to take the reins on January 20th, 2009, and he doesn’t need any training,” seeking to portray Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, as lacking the experience needed to be president.

“Remember that the truck bombing of the World Trade Center happened in the first year of the Clinton administration. Nine-eleven happened in the first year of the Bush administration,” said Mr. Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000 who is now backing Mr. McCain for president.