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Webb: Lieberman And Kyl’s Hawkish Iran Amendment Is ‘Cheney’s Fondest Pipe Dream’

On the Senate floor today, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) made an impassioned appeal to his fellow senators, declaring that the Lieberman-Kyl amendment on Iran should be “withdrawn” because the “proposal is Dick Cheney’s fondest pipe dream.” Webb cautioned that the “cleverly-worded sense of the Congress” could be “interpreted” to “declare war” on Iran. He continued:

Those who regret their vote five years ago to authorize military action in Iraq should think hard before supporting this approach. Because, in my view, it has the same potential to do harm where many are seeking to do good.

At best, it’s a deliberate attempt to divert attention from a failed diplomatic policy,” said Webb. “At worst, it could be read as a backdoor method of gaining Congressional validation for military action, without one hearing and without serious debate.” Watch it:

We haven’t had one hearing on this. I’m on the Foreign Relations Committee, I’m on the Armed Services Committee. We are about to vote on something that may fundamentally change the way the United States views the Iranian military and we haven’t had one hearing. This is not the way to make foreign policy. It’s not the way to declare war.

There isn’t much that can be said about Joe Lieberman, except that he has maneuvered to get himself elected under false colors. He’s a self-serving son of a bitch, but other than that I have no opinion.

What continues to amaze me–and I am far too old to be so naive–is the absolute laser-like legislative focus of Republicans and the unending disarray of Democrats.

“Democrats never agree on anything, that’s why they’re Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they would be Republicans.”–Will Rogers

When they were the minority (and a slim one at that) they were powerless to oppose this most morally opposable of presidents since Nixon. Now that they are the majority, it makes not a whit of difference, they are equally toothless and have all the organizational strength of a fart in a whirlwind.

Pelosi and Reid and the children they cannot control are simply amazingly inept. If they were in a restaurant, they’d be asked to leave.

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