November 16, 2005

At Least On This Issue, Lieberman Gets It

Connecticut if full of Democrats and Republicans who might as well be. So there aren't a lot of politicians here that I can enthusiastically vote for. But one Democrat I still have respect for is Senator Joe Lieberman. Aside from the fact that he is genuinely a really nice guy, on the most important issue facing this country - the Global War on Terror - he has the cojones to stand up to his party.

Sure Joe casts a lot of votes in the Senate that annoy the crap out of me, but I'll give him a pass because he understands what the stakes are. Yesterday he made an important speech on the floor of the Senate and here is the quote that sums it up the best:

It is no surprise to my colleagues that I strongly supported the war in Iraq. I was privileged to be the Democratic cosponsor, with the Senator from Virginia, of the authorizing resolution which received overwhelming bipartisan support. As I look back on it and as I follow the debates about prewar intelligence, I have no regrets about having sponsored and supported that resolution because of all the other reasons we had in our national security interest to remove Saddam Hussein from power – a brutal, murdering dictator, an aggressive invader of his neighbors, a supporter of terrorism, a hater of the United States of America. He was, for us, a ticking time bomb that, if we did not remove him, I am convinced would have blown up, metaphorically speaking, in America's face.

I am grateful to the American military for the extraordinary bravery and brilliance of their campaign to remove Saddam Hussein. I know we are safer as a nation, and to say the obvious that the Iraqi people are freer as a people, and the Middle East has a chance for a new day and stability with Saddam Hussein gone.

There's at least one Democrat out there who prioritizes national security over partisan politics and I'm proud to say that he's from Connecticut.

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