Monday, June 11, 2007

Lieberman declares our need to start yet another war

Because losing two is not enough.

First, a fantastic compilation of Sunday talk shows that Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo has put together.

Then the quotes:
"I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," Mr. Lieberman said in an interview on the CBS News program "Face the Nation."

This could be achieved mostly with air attacks, Mr. Lieberman said, adding, "I’m not talking about a massive ground invasion of Iran.
Robert Farley of Lawyers, Guns and Money:
What's missing here is any causal logic. Unless Senator Lieberman thinks that attacks against Iran will destroy the industrial capacity to supply or the infrastructure to transfer weapons to Iraq (extremely unlikely since EFPs can be manufactured in any warehouse and transported by any truck), a successful campaign would require coercion, convincing the Iranian leadership to change its attitude on Iraq. The administration itself, however, refuses to assert that the Iranian leadership is behind the supply of any weapons to Iraqi insurgents. Even if the Iranian leadership is shipping weapons to insurgents, the success of an air campaign would depend on doing enough damage to Iran to convince the leadership to give up such behavior. Such would require the leadership to be far more reasonable and far more sensitive to costs than SENATOR LIEBERMAN HIMSELF has asserted that they are.
Apparently Lieberman thinks a quick surgical strike would be the end of it. It would be just the beginning. Iran is not Afghanistan nor Iraq. It is a huge, populated, functional country. It is shaky economically, and a war would take care of dissidents and the unemployed very nicely.

Lieberman demands Iran plays by the rules.... the rules that have been gutted by the Bush administration.
He added, "If they don't play by the rules, we've got to use our force, and to me, that would include taking military action to stop them from doing what they're doing."
What rules, Joe?

Just remember which side Joe is really on because it's not the Democrats.

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