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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:15 AM
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Steve Clemons responds to Lieberman's op-ed in WaPo calling for Bush's surge in Iraq
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-clemons/senator-lie...



Senator Lieberman just spent 10 days in the Middle East and still does not get it. He's penned an op-ed calling for more deployed American troops in Iraq. It's a remarkable essay for just how anti-empirical it is and how he can so easily waft platitudes about America's engagement in the region after actually seeing the miserable results of more than three and half years of military occupation of Iraq by us.

In the very first paragraph, Lieberman writes:

While we are naturally focused on Iraq, a larger war is emerging. On one side are extremists and terrorists led and sponsored by Iran, on the other moderates and democrats supported by the United States.

Many critics of this war -- including this blogger -- always worried that our engagement would trigger a regional conflagration and that removing Iran's "balancer" would have huge effects throughout the Middle East and fuel Iran's pretensions as a hegemonic force. Where is Lieberman's confession that he and others were warned of this and didn't see it coming?

And what really irritates is his depiction of the extremists, who he inappropriately ties to Iran. The extremists in many cases are angry Sunnis who want their place back in society, who despise Iran and now the Shiites as well as us.


Lieberman should have seen in Iraq that America is now supporting the guy Iran wants -- al-Maliki. Lieberman's entire depiction of the good and the bad in Iraq are ridiculous and remind one of Soviet era depictions of the enemy in Afghanistan.

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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:24 AM
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1. Either he is blackmailed or made a deal with the devil.
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:41 AM
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2. Joe thinks Exxon needs a little LEBENSRAUM
They are running out of drilling room in other places!
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sallyseven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:42 AM
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3. He sees bush as a protector of Israel.
His first loyalty is to Israel and not the United States. He is first a jew not an american. Some on should shove the Constitution in his face and let him know he not upholding it like he swore he would.
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melbel8301 Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:00 PM
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4. You are absolutely right
Lieberman's first loyalty is always to Israel's national interests, which are not always in the best interests of the U.S. It's as though he is a member of the Israeli parliament who has a vote in our Congress. I consider it treasonous!
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