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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:32 pm    Post subject: lieberman calls for rumsfeld to resign Reply with quote

so is it just me- or does joe seem to be trimming his sails on iraq a bit?
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August 20, 2006
Lieberman Calls for Rumsfeld to Resign
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 1:15 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday called on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign and backed an international conference to find a way out of the crisis in Iraq.

Lieberman, who is seeking a fourth term as an independent candidate after losing the Democratic nomination to newcomer Ned Lamont on Aug. 8, also criticized some fellow Democrats. He said several Democrats are trying to impose a "litmus test" on the party.

"I think it's still time for new leadership at the Pentagon," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Lieberman, an early supporter of the Iraq war, said he called for Rumsfeld to step down in 2003.

"With all respect to Don Rumsfeld, who has done a grueling job for six years, we would benefit from new leadership to work with our military in Iraq," he said Sunday.

Lieberman said the Bush administration should have sent more troops into Iraq "to secure the country."

"We had a naive vision that the Iraqis were going to embrace us and then go on and live happily ever after," he said.

The Lamont campaign issued a statement Sunday criticizing Lieberman for trying to "paint himself as courageous for clinging to the failed 'stay the course' policy in Iraq and not listening to the voters of Connecticut on the need to change course."

"His new found 'criticism' of the war won't convince Connecticut voters after so many years of stubbornly rubber-stamping Bush's failed policies," the statement said.

Lieberman also said the administration must "put severe pressure on the Iraqis to contain sectarian violence."

"There is still hope in Iraq and as long as there is we cannot just pick up and walk away and leave them to the sure disaster that would follow and would compromise our security in the war on terrorism," he said.

Lieberman said he would support an "international crisis conference on Iraq" with the United States, its allies and Arab countries worrying "that if Iraq collapses and falls into civil war that Iran will surge in and dominate and claim a victory."

He also accused Lamont of distorting his stance on Iraq.

"He made me into a cheerleader for George Bush and everything that's happened," Lieberman said. "And the record shows that, while I believe we did the right thing in overthrowing Saddam Hussein, I've been very critical over the years, particularly in 2003 and 2004, about the failure to send enough American troops to secure the country, about the absence of adequate plans and preparation to deal with post-Saddam Iraq."

Tom Swan, campaign manager for Lamont, said Sunday the campaign stands by its criticism of Lieberman as too close to President Bush.

"Joe Lieberman spent hundreds of thousand dollars distorting Ned Lamont's positions during the (primary) campaign," he said.

"As bad as things are now -- and they've gotten worse in the last six months -- it would be a disaster if America set a deadline and said we're getting all of our troops out by a given date," Lieberman said. "That's a position Ned Lamont has taken."

Responding to a question about Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who was quoted as saying that Lieberman echoes Republicans, Lieberman said it was "just plain politics by somebody who has ambitions of his own."

"I voted 90 percent of the time with a majority of Democrats in the U.S. Senate," he said.

"I'm worried that my party may become what we've accused the Republicans of, a kind of litmus-test party," he said. "If you don't agree with us 100 percent of the time, you don't agree with us. I'm devoted to the Democratic Party."

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hedging and backpedaling. i've never liked this yahoo.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish they'd quit using "stay the course," it's too positive... I think we should keep using "stay and pray" - I thought it had character.

Lieberman's a Republican Lite candidate in a country that's inching away from conservatism... I guess he's just doing what he's got to do to get re-elected, but he's still a punk.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't that 'Stay n pay'?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 2:47 am    Post subject: Re: lieberman calls for rumsfeld to resign Reply with quote

mouse wrote:
so is it just me- or does joe seem to be trimming his sails on iraq a bit?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 5:30 am    Post subject: and yes he should resign. Reply with quote

He should go back to being strange over the subject of video games.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

did he ever stop?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He should get put out to pasture like every politician who serves more than 10 years
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quoted from Kos:

Joe Lieberman today (Aug. 6, 2006) on Rummy:


I said that if I were President, I would ask Secretary Rumsfeld to resign. I first* said that in October 2003.[*NOTE: Lieberman never said it again until his appearance on the Ed Schultz show this week] [NOTE: In October 2003, when Lieberman called for Rumsfeld's resignation, he was seeking the Democratic nomination for the Presidency.]

Joe Lieberman in May 2004 on Rummy:


[I]t is neither sensible nor fair to force the resignation of the secretary of defense, who clearly retains the confidence of the commander in chief, in the midst of a war. . . . Secretary Rumsfeld's removal would delight foreign and domestic opponents of America's presence in Iraq.


That sounds, dare I say, wishy-washy.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmmmm... waffles.
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