Sunday, June 10, 2007

Lieberman: Prepare for war with Iran

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Joe Lieberman is such a tool, isn't he? It's like there's a neocon hand up his ass, operating his mouth, though he's obviously a sucker of his own volition. Today on CBS's Face the Nation, he regurgitated the Cheney-neocon line on Iran:

I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq...

Need we debunk this yet again? Yes, it would seem, given that the lies have legs.

Cheney and the neocons, Krazy Kristol at the head, have for some time been trying to make the case -- trying, because the evidence is lacking -- that Iran is waging a "proxy war" against the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, that Iran is supplying the arms that are being used against the U.S. and its allies (including Canada, presumably) by al Qaeda and the Taliban. As I said the other day, what seems to be happening is that Cheney and those close to him, as well as their neocon supporters, are trying to build a case for war against Iran, which is why they are so critical of Rice's recent attempts to reach out diplomatically to Tehran. If they can make (i.e., fabricate) the case that Iran is waging proxy war against the U.S. through al Qaeda and the Taliban, among others, then they can push for what would appear to be retaliatory war against a "proven" enemy. (Plus, Iran has the nuclear program that Iraq didn't -- more justification for war, in their view.)

For more on this warmongering spin, as well as on what Iran might be up to, see here.

For more on Lieberman's warmongering, see TP and C&L, both of which (as always) have the video/transcript.

My friend Steve Benen sums it up nicely at TPM: "The 'crazies' with 'extreme views' unfortunately aren't limited to the administration."

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  • You know, we have to fight all the time the stereotype that there is an "Israeli lobby" (or worse, a "Jewish lobby") that controls US policy in the Middle East. Of course, that claim is a gross oversimplification that borders on the anti-Semitic (in the hands of its more rabid proponents). But every time Joe Lieberman opens his mouth, he plays right into the stereotype.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:39 PM  

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