WATERBURY, Conn. --U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, in his first campaign appearance since launching his independent re-election campaign, likened terrorists to Nazis and called for Republicans and Democrats to work together to combat them.
"We are at war with a brutal enemy," said Lieberman during a campaign stop Thursday at a Waterbury pizza joint. "How the heck can we be in a battle in which we are fighting as Democrats and Republicans against each other when these terrorists certainly don't distinguish based on party affiliation? They want to kill any and all of us."
"I'm worried that too many people, both in politics and out, don't appreciate the seriousness of the threat to American security and the evil of the enemy that faces us -- more evil or as evil as Nazism and probably more dangerous that the Soviet Communists we fought during the long Cold War," Lieberman said.
"I want to make sure that I satisfy my responsibilities and use my seniority in the Senate to make the future of the families of Connecticut safer than it would otherwise be. I don't think that Ned Lamont gets that and that's a serious difference between us."
Lamont, who is not the antiwar candidate many have made him out to be simply because he opposes the Iraq war, supports Israel's actions against Hezbollah but Lieberman, of course, would never admit that Lamont is actually against terrorism because that would mean more lost votes for old Joe, who's now running as an Independent and is counting on Republican backing to win back his seat.
Lamont has responded to Lieberman's latest screed:
In a statement, Lamont said that said the U.S. needs to "strengthen its national security and improve its ability to fight terrorism." He said both have suffered under President Bush.
"Our force readiness to face another threat elsewhere in the world has been diminished because of our preoccupation with Iraq. Both anger at America around the world and the number of terrorists seeking to do us harm have increased," Lamont said. "We are not stronger and safer because of Iraq; just the opposite is unfortunately true."
Lamont said the U.S. needs to focus on apprehending Osama Bin Laden and other terrorist leaders and building "a credible, effective foreign policy with our allies."
"We need to change course, and that means standing up to this administration and fighting for our security in a rational, serious way rather than being bogged down in war that is harmful to our security," he said.
Lieberman's head then promptly exploded and he called Karl Rove for help.
Update: Lieberman's kissing cousin George Bush tells Americans how much safer they all are now, despite the fact that he and his Republican-controlled congress still haven't fully funded national security measures and have made Iraq terrorist training ground central. As John Amato notes, 'I thought we were fighting them in Iraq so we didn’t have to fight them over here.'