Monday, January 15, 2007

Joe Lieberman: colossal liar of fucktardic proportions

Did he actually say this:
I think the consequences for the Middle East, which has been so important to our international stability over the years, and to the American people, who have been attacked on 9/11 by the same enemy that we’re fighting in Iraq today, supported by a rising Islamist radical super-powered government in Iran, the consequences for us, for—I want to be personal—for my children and grandchildren, I fear will be disastrous.
[Emphasis Atrios's] OK, let's spell it out for idoit Lieberman:
  1. We are not fighting the same enemy that attacked us on 9/11. Puh-leeze. On 9/11 we were attacked by Al Qaeda, which is led by Bin Laden, who is currently suspected to be somewhere between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He's not in Iraq. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Even Bush admitted as much. Al Qaeda is only one of many violent groups in Iraq, and is quite small compared to the other groups we are fighting.
  2. Iran is not behind every single act of violence against the US for the past 6 years. Al Qaeda is Sunni and Iran is mainly Shiite. Those two Islamic sects are at each other's throats in Iraq. So it doesn't make sense to link Iran and Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda probably thinks the Iranians are a bunch of heretical schismatics. And Shiite Iran never got along with the Sunni Taliban, who sheltered Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders. Yes, Iran funds terrorism. But not the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11.
  3. Referring to Iran as a "super-powered" government is silly. What "super-powers" to they have? X-ray vision? Can they fly? Their one "super-power" is that they have a lot of oil, and we buy it from them (indirectly via the world oil markets).
Lieberman said something similar in this Washington Post editorial:
On one side are extremists and terrorists led and sponsored by Iran, on the other moderates and democrats supported by the United States. Iraq is the most deadly battlefield on which that conflict is being fought. How we end the struggle there will affect not only the region but the worldwide war against the extremists who attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001.
What the fuck!?! Is this really his understanding of the situation, or is he lying to suck up to Bush or somebody else? Get the troops out now. With this kind of thinking going on, no US forces have any business being anywhere near the Middle East. I'm very worried that we're going to do something very stupid in Iran. The Iraq invasion was preceded by deceitful rhetoric linking Iraq to 9/11. Now we have deceitful rhetoric linking Iran to every group opposing the US.

We have to impeach Bush soon if we want to avoid another catastrophe. At first I thought he and his cronies (among whom I certainly include Joementum) would stop their warmongering once it stopped paying political dividends. But clearly that is not the case. We're two months past the Nov. 2006 elections, and warmongering is increasing. They're doing it despite the enormous political costs. At first I thought they were cynical manipulators, but my God, it seems like they actually believe this shit.

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