If You Vote For Lamont, The Terrorists Win
“If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out [of Iraq] by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England,” Mr. Lieberman, the three-term incumbent, said at a campaign event at lunchtime in Waterbury, Conn. “It will strengthen them and they will strike again.”
Right, because the "people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England" are definitely the same Iraqis fighting the US invasion, since the whole Iraq/Al Qaeda connection has been proven over and over again. And that's not a tasteless coopting of 9/11 and barely averted UK terrorism, for Lieberman's personal political gain, at all.
And what emboldens and motivates this homogenous group of terrorists, of course, is Ned Lamont, rather than, say, the hellish chaos in Iraq, the historically unprecedented alliance between Iraqi and Iranian shias caused by backlash at the US invasion, or any of the other war fallout. None of that compares to the favors and treats the junior senator from the great state of Connecticut has planned for his friends in Al Qaeda. In fact, why don't we just go ahead and ship Ned to Gitmo. With the powers invested in me by Left Behinds, I designate him an enemy combatant.
Incidentally, this line in the EZ post was disturbing:
In a bit of bad, if unforeseeable, timing, Mr. Lamont is at his vacation home in Maine today, and didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.How is that unforeseeable? Is Lamont pulling a Weiner and de facto ceding the race to the establishment frontrunner after campaigning as a grassroots underdog? Or is his campaign staff just incompetent?
As Cindy Adams (in uncharacteristic wisdom) wrote today, Lamont is coming off as an amateur:
Pros say Ned Lamont proved amateurish Primary Night. This was the biggest night of his life. The kickoff of his general election. And who dominated the 11 o'clock news plus the morning talk things? Lieberman. Promising to go the distance via an alternate route. If Lieberman conceded 11:02, Lamont should have been right there at 11:05 claiming his moment to shine. And where was he? No place. Maybe home raiding the fridge, but for sure not raiding the airwaves. Theoretically, because Lieberman won all the sound bites, the loser was coming off a winner.