Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Demanding Accountability from Ned

(Posted October 11, 2006)

Ned loves to talk about holding other people accountable. Well, it’s time to for Ned to be held accountable for running the most systematically dishonest campaign in a major race in recent American history.

With his campaign’s latest attack on Joe today, Ned has shown that it is now not enough to just repeatedly distort Joe’s record for him to try to get elected -- he must now openly lie about it.

In their ‘Daily Cup of Joe’ (link) attack piece this morning, the Lamont campaign repeated its claim that Joe is ‘continuing to back President Bush’s stay the course policy.’ That is not just a mischaracterization – it is an out and out lie. And the Lamont campaign knows it.

The fact is, in his major Iraq policy speech on September 25th, Joe explicitly rejected a stay the course strategy and called for a new approach to end the war without undermining our security. Here are the direct quotes from Lieberman’s speech:

I believe it would be every bit as much of a mistake to stay there indefinitely, both for the Iraqis and for us, and I have consistently opposed an open-ended commitment of American troops. That is something Ned Lamont and I do agree on.

Continuing on the same course we are on now is not a viable option either. We have to confront the reality that what we are doing now is not working, and to begin pursuing new approaches for achieving our mission in Iraq.

Let me repeat that, because it is important. Just continuing to do what we have been doing is not a solution. We must begin to pursue new approaches to get the job done in Iraq.

The Lamont campaign’s attack piece goes on to say that Joe is ‘isolated’ from several Republican skeptics, most notably former Secretary of State James Baker. Again, that is an out and out lie.

The fact is, James Baker’s recent statements closely mirror Joe’s assessment.

Here is what James Baker said:

I think it's fair to say our commission believes that there are alternatives between the stated alternatives, the ones that are out there in the political debate, of 'stay the course' and 'cut and run.

He explicitly rejected a rapid withdrawal from Iraq, saying that would invite Iran, Syria and ''even our friends in the gulf'' to fill the power vacuum.

Here is what Joe said in his speech:

I want to get past the false and empty choice between continuing to do just what we are doing and just giving up and pulling out, both of which are recipes for more failure and less security, and put forward some new approaches for getting the job done in Iraq.

The truth is, Lamont’s plan is not a plan for changing course. This is a plan for giving up in Iraq. For giving up on the hopes of the Iraqi people for becoming free and independent. And for giving up Iraq to the terrorists, the sectarian militias, and to the Iranians and Syrians, who would exploit the resulting chaos.

If anyone is out of step with the mainstream, it is Ned. As the facts show, Ned’s naïve and deadly plan for ending the war in Iraq — pulling all our troops out to meet an arbitrary pre-set deadline 9 or 12 months from now, depending on which day you ask Ned — has been explicitly rejected by the overwhelming majority of Democrats in the U.S. Senate, as well as by former President Bill Clinton.

The bottom line: how does Ned expect to change anything in Washington when the people of Connecticut can’t even trust him to tell the truth?

Posted by: Eric Blankenbaker on 10/11/2006 at 12:38 PM


Blogger Tom said...

If you’re wondering what difference a real Democrat would make in the war on Iraq, it’s all about returning to the fundamental values of the American people and the American ideal.
a) Respect for the rule of law, here and in Iraq
b) Respect for human rights, adherence to the Geneva Conventions here and in Iraq
c) Transparency in government here and in Iraq
d) Equitable and transparent sharing of extractive resource royalties – (mining and oil) here and in Iraq. 5 years into this war, the Iraqi people don’t know who owns their oil, and the Bush administration can’t or won’t advise them as to how to manage their resources equitably.
e) Separation of church and state with freedom to practice religion, here and in Iraq
f) Separation of the press and state, freedom of speech and respect for confidentiality of source here and in Iraq
g) Separation of corporation and state - campaign finance and corruption reform here and in Iraq. Halliburton out of Iraq and Washington DC!
h) Election reform and respect for the popular vote here and in Iraq. One man, one vote, one share of oil revenue

The list goes on, but the point is that a political transformation here could fundamentally change the direction of the REAL war in Iraq – the campaign to win over the hearts and minds of thoughtful people around the world.


1:28 PM  
Blogger gchaucer2 said...

Lieberman has been a proponent of stay the course until it became a political liability to use the phrase. He is still "stay the course" with the administration in that he says, well, changes are needed but doesn't tell us what those changes are. The president backed off his stay the course line -- so they are still in lock-step.

If this is the most negative campaign in history -- it is because Lieberman and his lackeys have made it so. Respond to your record which is abysmal.

2:14 PM  
Blogger dab said...

Good lord. Who is writing this garbage? Dangerstein?

It's approaching hysteria.

Ned must be drawing blood.

Joe Lieberman is a frickin’ liar who has been proven over and over again to be a liar.

And on top of that he's a whiney baby. Don't you think for a grown man he sure whines and cries a lot. Oh, boo hoo…Ned said mean things about me. It's called a campaign, Joe. And all Ned is doing is highlighting your pathetic record.

You are on record having run a vicious campaign against Weicker way back in 1988, when Rove was just cutting his teeth. We all saw you during the Dem presidential primary when you were nasty and vicious to your fellow Dems. In fact, you are still nasty and vicious towards your fellow Dems

Suck it up and act like a man, Joe. You can dish it out but you clearly can’t take it. (How can the media keep a straight face when they read your campaign's hysterical tirades.) Waaa. Waaa. Waaa.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe LIE-man is obviously not a Democrat. If he says so, he is either a liar or a claimed Democrat in name only. Otherwise how do you explain him running against the Democrat nominee for the same seat?

Fact: JOE-LIE-man has been rejected by his own party at the best turn-out ever in CT primary history.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe LIE-man is not mainstream. Neither is he centrist.

He is walking all by himself somewhere lost in space. That is why he is in a one man party called ....what was the name of his party?

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Next member of the Lieberman family to shed a drop of blood for this country pick up a weapon for this country or even wear a US military uniform for this country will be the first Lieberman to do that.

Liebermans sons have only picked up a weapon for one country and that was ISRAEL.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe says we shouldn't "stay the course" and we shouldn't leave. But he fails to offer alternatives.

So Joe -- what exactly IS your plan?

(Or do you STILL not have one?)

2:09 AM  

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