Monday, August 21, 2006

Lieberman on Rumsfeld-What’s It Mean?

Connecticut’s Senator Joe Lieberman who lost the Democrat primary earlier this month and will run in November as an Independent made a noteworthy statement yesterday on CBS’s “Face the Nation”. Lieberman said, “I think it’s still time for new leadership at the Pentagon. With all respect to Don Rumsfeld, who has done a grueling job for six years, we would benefit from new leadership to work with our military in Iraq.” It's noteworthy because Lieberman was dissed in the primary for his pro-Iraq war stance. But is the statement newsworthy? Does it mean anything? I think it’s newsworthy because Lieberman is grinning a lot these days. I hate Lieberman’s grin. It’s a devious, smarmy, trickster grin. But his handlers obviously think it’s cute and disarming. So he’s grinning a lot. The important word here is “handlers”. By me, Lieberman has sold hls soul to the Bush administration image-makers. And being in their back pocket he has access to insider info. My take is that Rumsfeld is out and the White House has told Lieberman he can opine that Rumsfeld should go without going against the White House. Okay, it’s a stretch. But then Lieberman is grinning a lot. And it’s a weasely, scheming, turncoat, shit-eating grin.


Democracy Lover said...

In my book "we would benefit from new leadership" is not the same as a call for resignation. I think the media is hyping this up to try and resurrect Joementum.

It's not "new leadership" we need on Iraq and the DoD - it's some actual leadership which we haven't had since 2001. Maybe Joe is adopting the Bush smirk, he's adopted everything else from Bush.

Barry Schwartz said...

Much more likely polls in Connecticut are indicating people want Rumsfeld gone.

Vigilante said...

Bashing Rummy is the last refuge of the cowardly complicit and complacent, when the real deal is impeachment of Bush and Cheney.