Friday, November 14, 2008


Keep Joe Lieberman in a Doghouse—Without a Chair

I’m a progressive who could not warm up to Joe Lieberman even if we both died and were cremated together.

Lieberman proudly retains his neocon credentials in spite of eight years of disastrous foreign policy blunders by the neocon-led Bush regime.

Lieberman turned a blind eye to GOP attacks on the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law.

He supported every Middle East warmongering initiative of the Bush regime, and made things worse for both Israel and the Palestinians, with increased deaths on both sides, and with no peace in sight.

Standing out in stark contrast are the contributions of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton to peace in the Middle East.

Consider Carter’s sustained efforts leading to the signing of a permanent peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1979—a peace agreement that has never been broken by either party. That required Carter’s strength, integrity and moral leadership—in short, diplomacy—something missing from Lieberman’s and the GOP’s toolkit.

Likewise, Clinton had a key role in supporting the peace process that led to the signing of a permanent peace agreement between Israel and Jordan in 1994, which agreement has never been broken.

With friends like Lieberman, Israel needs no enemies.

If the Senate Democrats decide to keep Lieberman in their caucus, he must be confined to a doghouse that has a dirt floor and definitely no chair. Whenever he’s let out to do his business, he must be kept on a short leash, and he must use his own pooper scooper.

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