by John Grooms
Is there anyone in U.S. government as damned annoying as Joe Lieberman? Joes sad-sack tone and whiiiiny voice are bad enough and have led to his nickname Senator Droopy Dog. But its the guys pig-headed stubbornness, even in the face of documented, contradicting facts being placed in front of him, that nails the Most Annoying prize. And now, we can even add sexist jerk to Liebermans resume maybe just below defender of tragically poor decisions.
Yesterday, on MSNBC's Morning Joe program, during which Lieberman talked about his welcome decision to retire, Joe/Droopy persisted in claiming that at the time of the invasion, Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction, despite a complete, total lack of evidence and despite former Pres. Bushs admission that no WMDs, either finished or in development, were found in Iraq. (Bush added that he still feels sick about it.)
Lieberman went on to claim, to the television program panels shock, that Saddam had been tactically supporting al-Qaeda. OK, here is a quick reality check, Joe: The Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Iraq War found no evidence of links between Saddam and al-Qaeda and, in fact, revealed that Saddam had issued a general order that Iraq should not deal with al-Qaeda, and that "Saddam Hussein was distrustful of al-Qaeda ... refusing all requests from al-Qaeda to provide material or operational support." You got that now, Droopster? No, I didnt think so. Nonetheless, as former New York Senator Daniel Moynihan famously said, Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
Just in case Joe dropping his big load of bullshit on morning television wasnt bad enough, he topped himself during a brief spar with liberal guest panelist Arianna Huffington. When the founder of Huffington Post questioned Liebermans claims about Saddams WMDs, the senator said his information came from the Duelfer Report, the result of a 2004 investigation in Iraq that found no evidence of any current, or planned, WMD programs. When Huffington pointed out to Lieberman that There is nothing in the report that proves anything that you have said, Lieberman got that annoying smirk of his working, and oozed, "I don't think you've read it, sweetheart." Arrrggghhh, what an asshole! Sorry, but what else do you call a smarmy, lying sexist who helped pave the way for a foreign policy disaster and now persists in telling bald-faced lies to justify his actions? The Senate, and the U.S., will be better off when the whiny clown takes his leave.