Essentially, Lieberman, along with Evan Bayh and a few other Democrats are providing cover for Rumsfeld and the Bush administration, even going so far as to criticize those calling for Rumsfeld's resignation.
In other words, as much as people are justifiably bashing Zell Miller for openly backing Bush, Lieberman and Bayh are supporting Bush by essentially criticizing our nominee (who has called for Rumsfled's removal) and backing the administration's point of view on perhaps the most critical issue facing our nation in a generation... and probably for generations to come.
The interesting thing is that Lieberman and Bayh are actually just spouting the Al From/DLC line on Abu Ghraib...
Moreover, the sense that nobody in particular is in charge of U.S. policy in Iraq has been painfully amplified by the global dissemination of photos of American troops torturing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners. This isolated outrage, which all Americans condemn, is but a pale shadow of the systematically barbaric behavior of Iraqi insurgents, who kill unarmed civilians and "collaborators" every day as a matter of deliberate policy. But it's hard to place these events in any kind of proper context given the overall drift of U.S. leadership in Washington.
Sound familiar? It should.
This is precisely the rhetoric Lieberman has used and continues to use (seconded in Senate hearings by Lieberman's DLC collegaue, Evan Bayh) to provide cover for Bush and company.
People are outraged at Miller's rips on Kerry and support for Bush. I agree. But when it comes to the most critical issue at hand, the sentiments set forth by Al From and the DLC, Lieberman, Bayh and others should be seen as just as outrageous.
I'm sick and tired of being called to task by a few here for criticizing the DLC, Lieberman, Bayh and their cohorts.
These folks are undermining our own candidate in favor of their twisted world view.
I know some on here will claim this diary is yet another example of the proverbial (and overused, in my estimation) "circular firing squad."
But this issue is too important to be brushed under the rug. The DLC and its sponsored agents need to be called out on this garbage.
Passing off abuses at Abu Ghraib and other detention facilities as "not as bad as Saddam," or "at least we don't behead prisoners," or "the actions of a few" (when it is obvious that such treatment was a matter of policy) is inexcusable from Democrats or an organization that wishes to call itself a key part of the Democratic Party.
Al From, the DLC, Liberman, Bayh and their DLC cohorts are undermining our candidate, their expressions of support notwithsatnding.