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Joe Lieberman: Lies about His Support for the Iraq War

I wasn’t planning to write again this morning–five new posts on the front page is an awful lot for us, but good ol’ Joe Lieberman compelled me to post. This morning, on the Don Imus show, Lieberman claimed that he ‘never believed that Saddam had nuclear weapons.’ An interesting position, now that it is abundantly clear that the claims about Iraq’s WMDS were false.

What did Senator Liberman say about nuclear weapons in Iraq before?

He said that Hussein had nuclear weapons at pre-Gulf War status:

"This December will mark three years since United Nations inspectors last visited Iraq. There is no doubt that since that time, Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to refine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer- range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies." — From a December 6, 2001 letter signed by Bob Graham, Joe Lieberman, Harold Ford, & Tom Lantos among others

He said Hussein would use them.

The essential facts are known. We know of the weapons in Saddam’s possession: chemical, biological, and nuclear in time. We know of his unequalled willingness to use them. We know his history. His invasions of his neighbors. His dreams of achieving hegemonic control over the Arab world. His record of anti-American rage. His willingness to terrorize, to slaughter, to suppress his own people and others. We need not stretch to imagine nightmare scenarios in which Saddam makes common cause with the terrorists who want to kill us Americans and destroy our way of life.

Perhaps falsely claiming that he never believed in Iraq’s nuclear program when he clearly did is small issue, but I think it is a telling one. Liberman will do or say anything to get re-elected, from lie to his constituents to risk a continued Republican majority in the Senate.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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