Here are the thanks President Obama got from Joe Lieberman for saving his committee chairmanship. Lieberman has blasted Obama for releasing the torture memos, saying that their release helped our enemies, and he repeated his position that waterboarding isn’t really torture.
Here is the video:
Lieberman said, “I thought release of the memos was a bad idea. It wasn’t necessary. It just helps our enemies. It doesn’t really help us.” Of course, Lieberman believes that waterboarding is only psychological torture, “Well, I take a minority position on this. Most people think it’s definitely torture. The truth is, it has mostly a psychological impact on people. It’s a terrible thing to do.”
Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, were ready to strip Lieberman of his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee, after Lieberman supported John McCain and spoke at the 2008 Republican convention, but, then President Elect, Obama intervened and urged Reid to let bygones be bygones, and let Lieberman keep his chairmanship.
Lieberman is another torture supporter who managed to avoid military service. He was granted an educational deferment from 1960-1967, and then he was granted another deferment because he got married and had a child. It is amazing to me that these people who have never defended their country are so willing to torture.
If the Democrats get over the magic number of 60 Senate votes after the 2010 election, there will be a strong movement to give Lieberman the boot. Lieberman is easily the left’s most hated non-Republican, and few tears would be shed if he was kicked out of the Democratic caucus.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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