“I think we have to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq,” Lieberman said. Host Bob Schieffer followed-up: “Let’s just stop right there. Because I think you probably made some news here, Senator Lieberman. You’re saying that if the Iranians don’t let up, that the United States should take military action?” “I am,” Lieberman responded.I am not sure which planet Lieberman lives on, but it certainly isn't ours. Fortunately, Wes Clark has offered a nice smack down:
What puzzles me is, why was Lieberman even given the opportunity to talk about this? Is Bob Schieffer some kind of uber practical joker? Does anyone really care what Joe Lieberman thinks? He is a very silly man with silly ideas and it would be best to ignore him. In fact, that would be an awesome practical joke, if everyone in the US just chose to ignore Lieberman, he would get all pouty and complain about how everyone is behaving too partisan towards him. Classic.
This kind of rhetoric is irresponsible and only plays into the hands of President Ahmadinejad, and those who seek an excuse for military action. What we need now is full-fledged engagement with Iran. We should be striving to bridge the gulf of almost 30 years of hostility and only when all else fails should there be any consideration of other options. The Iranians are very much aware of US military capabilities. They don't need Joe Lieberman to remind them that we are the militarily dominant power in the world today.
Only someone who never wore the uniform or thought seriously about national security would make threats at this point. What our soldiers need is responsible strategy, not a further escalation of tensions in the region. Senator Lieberman must act more responsibly and tone down his threat machine.