A day after saying in a major campaign speech that "we must get tougher with the Iraqi political leadership," Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman met Tuesday with Iraq's president and had a pleasant conversation that ended with the two men agreeing progress is being made.
"President Jalal Talabani is committed to working for a unified, democratic Iraq that preserves the rights and promotes the security of all its citizens," the Connecticut Democrat, who is seeking re-election as an independent, said after he and four other senators met privately with Talabani for 45 minutes in the Capitol.
Asked if he followed through on Monday's "get tough" message, Lieberman said, "This is a question of allies working together. With a friend, you don't essentially put a gun to their head." (Lightman)
Right. Lieberman also commented on the ill-timed release of the NIE:
"Are there terrorists in Iraq? Of course there are. That's a reason we went in," he said. (Lightman)
Except, of course, that that's not really true.
The thing is, Joe Lieberman is good at defending the war, and posturing about national security. He may be right that pulling out will lead to nasty reprecussions in the region.
But he doesn't have any better idea of what to do now than anyone else.
Lightman, David. "Getting Not So Tough." Hartford Courant 27 September, 2006.