Monday, March 31, 2008


McCain and a final repudiation of the Bush doctrine is the real target as Democrats skirmish

BY Terry Bankert 3/31/08
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McCain and a final repudiation of the Bush doctrine is the real target as Democrats skirmish for the top of the ticket. The American public is not fooled. The importance of removing republicans from public office is of such importance that we want a tried and tested warrior to come out of our Democratic National Convention to take on the republicans and their Bush clone John McCain.[trb]

Senator Joe Lieberman blasted the Democratic Party yesterday as protectionist, isolationist, and hyper partisan.[b]

Judas, Benedict Arnold, spineless, fraud are my thoughts when the word Liberman is mentioned.[trb]

The message: The once noble Democratic Party has been taken over by peaceniks and radicals, who are weakening the country and threatening our security. Nearly two years after being rejected by his lifelong party in the Connecticut primary, it appears that Lieberman has only begun his effort to exact revenge. [t]

It’s the republican that have cost us 4,000 American lives and the devastation of our economy.[trb]

Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Lieberman, Independent of Connecticut, said it is not the same party that made him its vice presidential candidate in 2000.[b]

It is the same party that threw him out of the democratic party by electoral defeat in a partisan Senatorial primary.[trb]

This is Lieberman making a Republican general election argument, and it is notable for its scope. He is not just condemning his party's position on Iraq, or praising McCain, his long-time friend. He is condemning in sweeping language the very core identity of the Democratic Party as weak and extremist. This is a tried and true Republican theme, which traditionally has more to do with scaring independent voters than with actual reasoned debate of the issues.[t]

"It's not the Bill Clinton-Al Gore party, which was strong internationalists, strong on defense, pro-trade, pro-reform in our domestic government," he [McCain] said. "It's been effectively taken over by a small group on the left of the party that is protectionist, isolationist, and very, very hyperpartisan. So it pains me."[b]

Wrong, Clinton and Obama are clearly middle of the road.[trb]

Lieberman, who won reelection to the Senate as an independent after losing the 2006 Connecticut Democratic primary, still caucuses with Democrats. But he has endorsed Republican John McCain's presidential bid, and said yesterday that McCain reflects the legacy of John F. Kennedy.[b]

I knew JFK and McCain is no JFK. And Liberman is not a leader, just a sold out has been.[trb]

Lieberman joins his fellow neoconservatives in pushing for a continuation of the Bush Doctrine.[t] McCain is more... more... more of the catastrophic Bush doctrine:[t]


"Randy Scheunemann is McCain's new defense and foreign policy adviser. He is a former adviser to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. He was President of the pre-war Committee for the Liberation of Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein.[t]

"Steve Schmidt, is McCain's high powered new political strategist. He worked on Bush's 2004 campaign and was Bush's attack dog whenever former Presidential candidate John Kerry criticized the Iraq War policy. They join other neocons on McCain's campaign like former CIA director James Woolsey.[t]

"[James] Woolsey helped direct US attention toward Iraq after 9/11 when on the next day he falsely accused the Iraqi Government of having a role in it.[t]

"Joining Scheunemann, a veteran neoconservative strategist and one of the chief architects of the Iraq War, are a panoply of like-minded neocons who've gathered to advise McCain, including Bill Kristol, Robert Kagan, Max Boot, Gary Schmitt and Maj. Ralph Peters."[t]


McCain, he said, is "a reformer, somebody who understands ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country and remembers the other part of the Kennedy inaugural, which said that we will bear any burden, pay any price to assure the survival and sustenance of liberty. That's John McCain."[b]

Lieberman says he believes McCain will be able to win he support of a majority of independents and a lot of moderate Democrats. [n]

Lieberman has told reporters that he will speak at the Republican National Convention if McCain asks, but has ruled out sharing the 2008GOP ticket with McCain. [n]


Lieberman also blasted Senator Barack Obama for voting against a resolution to label the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group and gave Clinton credit for supporting it. [b]

I'm not sure that McCain could come up with a less effective advocate that Lieberman. Lieberman's supporters are The Corner and their ilk. As a Democrat I hope he is out campaigning everyday for McCain.[t]

"Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) doesn't think Gen. Petraeus has enough war on his hands. The senator (changing the subject from Iraq with "I want to go to Iran...") asked Petraeus if he wanted "the authority" from Congress to "pursue the Qods forces into Iranian territory." Petraeus, for some reason, politely declined to start a third contemporaneous U.S. war."[t]

A staunch supporter of the Iraq war, Lieberman recently traveled to Baghdad with McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina. Though he commended Hillary Clinton for her vote on declaring the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group, he slammed both Democratic presidential candidates on their foreign policy positions.[n]

Lieberman has been drinking the neocon koolaid for several years now. Even his hometown paper has disavowed Neocon Joe[t]

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[b] [bh] Boston Herald
[n] Newsday,0,4037016.story
[t] Time


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