Friday, December 29, 2006
Who Is Joe Lieberman Kidding?
Is Joe Lieberman out of his mind?
The Independent Senator from Connecticut has an Op-Ed in the Washington Post titled, "Why we need more troops in Iraq."
"The war is winnable"
His rationale, in a nutshell, is that "the war is winnable."
Lieberman writes that "we want victory," because "Iraq is the central front in the global and regional war against Islamic extremism."
Senator Lieberman, who do you suppose created this hotbed for terrorists? Saddam Hussein? Oh, I see. Dopey me, I thought Al Qaeda was not welcome in Iraq until we got Hussein out of the way.
Lieberman seems to think that a great new strategy would be to send many more troops in to train Iraqi death squads...oops, make that police...and get those extremists under control.
Where has Lieberman been?
Where was Lieberman for the past 4 years, when it came to speaking out on the doomed strategy of the Bush administration...a 'stay the course' nightmare that has so far cost the lives of nearly 3,000 American troops and thousands of Iraqis?
Where has Lieberman been on seeking to insure that the billions earmarked for Iraqi reconstruction actually was properly spent on rebuilding the infrastructure we destroyed, rather than lining the pockets of Halliburton and friends?
Why does Lieberman continue to insist that 'winning' in Iraq is akin to winning the illusory war on terror?
If you believe the garbage he spews, you believe that the violence in Iraq is primarily the result of Iran and Al Qaeda stirring the pot, rather than any deep-seated hatred between the Shiites and Sunnis.
Shamelessly invoking 9/11
Right from the get-go, Lieberman plays the Bush shell game of confusing the war in Iraq with a war against Islamic terrorists.
In case we miss the connection, he writes: "How we end the struggle there will affect not only the region but the worldwide war against the extremists who attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001. "
Raising the spectre of 9/11 to justify shedding more blood and tying up all of our resources in Iraq. How noble of Senator Lieberman.
What's even scarier is that this piece would not have been written if this self-deluded megalomaniac didn't intend to use his independent status as a bargaining chip to make sure he gets his way in the newly configured Senate.
I hope that those Connecticut voters who put this dangerous man back in office now begin to at least partially understand the consequences of their actions.
And I hope that Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid and crew do not let him get away with it.
The Lieberman column can be found here.