Q Okay. Republican Senator Gordon Smith, last week, said, "Our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs day after day, it's absurd. It may even be criminal," and that he can no longer support this. What is your reaction to a Republican senator saying that what's going on right now in Iraq is criminal?[emphasis mine]
MR. SNOW: Well, we dispute the "criminal" part, obviously, and at the same time, understand the senator's concern. We share the concern about not doing well enough fast enough. But do not assume that people are simply being blown up. They are on missions. And as General Chiarelli said last week, "There's not an engagement our people have lost, but it is still important to continue the work of building greater capability and capacity on the part of the Iraqi government and helping them out."
People on both sides are going to have disagreements, much as Joe Lieberman, formerly a Democrat, apparently run out of his party for disagreeing with what was seen as orthodoxy at that time, but Gordon --
Um, Tony? I think you were supposed to let him announce it before you allude to it in your briefings...
Also, I know we have done this a few times before, but Senator Lieberman wasn't "run out" of the party for "disagreeing" with "orthodoxy."
He made some "constituents" unhappy with his position on an issue important to them, an "opponent" ran against him in a "primary election" and won. Here in Connecticut, we call it "democracy." You can look it up.
Hat tip to BarbinMD.