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Lieberman: ‘Our enemies are cheering’ after Obama consulted Congress on Syria

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) on Sunday blasted President Barack Obama for asking for Congress’ approval before launching an attack on Syria over the President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

“I was looking back,” Lieberman told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “Over my 24 years, never saw anything like it.”

The former senator insisted that the president now had authority to act and that it would be “catastrophic” if Congress did not give the green light to attack Syria.

Lieberman said that he would urge lawmakers — including his “amigos,” Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — to approve an action in Syria.

“I’m sure that our enemies are cheering now as a result of this decision because they realize it’s not clear the president will get authority, and our allies are worried,” he concluded. “That’s why, again, this resolution or something like it has to pass Congress.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, recorded Sept. 1, 2013.

by Anonymousreply 9409/13/2013

Why doesn't he take his case to Israel and have them bomb Syria? they are more of a threat to them, and he is more concerned for them than he is for the US.

by Anonymousreply 109/01/2013

Lieberman is a festering asshole.

by Anonymousreply 209/01/2013

I wonder if Al Gore ever looks at this idiot and wonder what the fuck he was thinking?

by Anonymousreply 309/01/2013

Oh god, he has to, R3. I don't understand why CT voters have returned him to the Senate after his loony turn.

What's funny is that Obama is being praised by Boehner and Cantor for putting the question to Congress. I think it's a pretty savvy move by Obama.

by Anonymousreply 409/01/2013

Fox will provide a platform to anyone that criticizes Obama, regardless of their position. Can you imagine the fake outrage had he taken us in without congressional approval?

by Anonymousreply 509/01/2013

Republicans: Obama needs to consult with Congress.

Obama: I will consult with Congress.

Republicans: Obama is hurting America by consulting with Congress.

by Anonymousreply 609/01/2013

Joe Lieberman, douche.

by Anonymousreply 709/01/2013

This is why you SHOULDN'T be for military action in Syria. Look at the people who want it.

It's all you need to know.

by Anonymousreply 809/01/2013

R7 Lieberman is a Democrat, who was an independent for his last term after the yuppie Democrats repudiated him and went for the cable-exec millionaire in Conn.

Happy Rosg Hashanah, anyway

by Anonymousreply 909/01/2013

R9 - Lieberman is no longer a Democrat. He got beaten in a primary - then being the narcissistic crybaby that he is - he went independent. He left the Democratic party.

by Anonymousreply 1009/01/2013

Lieberman should run for a seat in the Knesset.

by Anonymousreply 1109/01/2013

He would've been whining if the president went at it alone too. They just always have to whine.

by Anonymousreply 1209/01/2013

He's a cunty cunt

by Anonymousreply 1309/01/2013

[quote]Why doesn't he take his case to Israel and have them bomb Syria? they are more of a threat to them, and he is more concerned for them than he is for the US.

Exactly. Put all those billions of aid $$$ to good use.

by Anonymousreply 1409/01/2013

Lieberman needs a one-way ticket to fucking Israel because that's the only country on Earth that he's ever cared about.

by Anonymousreply 1509/01/2013

I still don't know WTF Gore was thinking. Did he actually believe that an Orthodox Jew from Connecticut was attractive to the rest of the country? If Gore has chosen anybody else but Lieberman he would have received a greater margin of votes and the election couldn't have been stolen. Stupid, stupid decision that gave us 8 years of those assholes Bush and Cheney.

by Anonymousreply 1609/01/2013

r11 nailed it. Thread closed.

by Anonymousreply 1709/01/2013

Fuck Joe Lieberman, fuck him up the ass, fuck him hard and dry, fuck him!

by Anonymousreply 1809/01/2013

What everybody else said. For whatever it's worth, he's a former Senator. The good voters of CT got quite sick of his shit.

by Anonymousreply 1909/01/2013

So I assume Lieberman was up all night drinking champagne and shooting off fireworks.

by Anonymousreply 2009/01/2013

Could it have been some sort of deal that put him on Gore's ticket? Like, in exchange for support, financial and otherwise, from the Israel lobby? I mean, why on earth else would anyone pick him? The dems didn't need to bolster the northeast, nor the jewish vote for that matter.

And to think - he could have actually become president if Gore was somehow unable to complete his term. *shudder*

by Anonymousreply 2109/01/2013

The older he gets, the more Chris Wallace resembles a slug.

by Anonymousreply 2209/01/2013

R21 - Gore was pissed at Clinton for Monica. Joe was one of the most strident critics of Clinton. Gore put Joe on the ticket. He also thought Joe would help in Florida!

by Anonymousreply 2309/01/2013

Al Gore apparently had no idea how anti-Semitic most Americans are. When you get out of the Beltway Bubble and the NY/LA media world, Jews are not well-liked AT ALL by most Americans.

by Anonymousreply 2409/01/2013

Lieberman is a Judas.

by Anonymousreply 2509/01/2013

[quote]Al Gore apparently had no idea how anti-Semitic most Americans are. When you get out of the Beltway Bubble and the NY/LA media world, Jews are not well-liked AT ALL by most Americans.

Oh, knock it off. Anyone who wasn't voting for Gore, didn't vote for him because of Clinton, and/or because they hate Democrats. Fox News and co. turned Clinton's bj into the worst thing to ever happen to America. America ain't that narrative up.

by Anonymousreply 2609/02/2013

[quote]Could it have been some sort of deal that put him on Gore's ticket?

He wanted to win Florida. Today, 90% of America supports Israel at any cost. Netanyahu got more rounds of applause by Congress than Obama did in his first SOTU address. You have to go to speak to AIPAC if you have any chance of becoming president.

People who wouldn't vote for a Jew, unless he spoke about Israel, and made himself a Fascist loon, are Republicans. They would never vote for a Democrat as long as they lived regardless of a person's religion. So it's not as if Americans suddenly didn't vote for Gore because there was a Jew on the ticket. They never would have voted for Gore to being with.

by Anonymousreply 2709/02/2013

I'm already sick of the bullshit fake outrage over Obama taking a vote to Congress. When it looked like he was going to go ahead and attack without Congressional approval, the motherfuckers were bitching about how he was "going it on his own" against the will of the people and should "do the right thing" and get Congress's okay before launching any attack. Now they're bitching and saying he's "made us look weak."

Fuck these motherfuckers.

by Anonymousreply 2809/02/2013

[quote]The Syrian crisis is yet another example of how Obama is the worst US President EVER.

F&F

by Anonymousreply 3009/02/2013

Insanity runs in your family, eh r29?

by Anonymousreply 3109/02/2013

Is he still alive?

by Anonymousreply 3209/02/2013

Wait, what's Leiberman whining about now? Whine, that's all he does. That horrible voice. Whine whine whine. Honestly, if he's against something Obama wants, you can be sure Obama came up with a decent idea.

by Anonymousreply 3309/02/2013

Someone posted this on Crooks & Liars. It really sums all of this up quite brilliantly in my opinion:

[quote]The whole reaction to this really shows what a nightmare it is. We should, we shouldn't, Obama does not need to ask congress, he has to ask congress, he should have gone in weeks ago, we should not get involved it is not our problem, what about the children, Assad is an asshole, the rebels are assholes, they are cheering in the streets, they are very depressed that we are not bombing, we need to do more than bomb, we need to just talk, the people are leaving, people are moving back etc etc. And there are people on both sides, progressives and the insane Right who are saying these things. This is truly a clusterfuck. No easy answers. Nothing is correct and nothing is wrong.

by Anonymousreply 3409/02/2013

Warmonger douchebag will not be happy until every Arab country is reduced to cinders.

by Anonymousreply 3509/02/2013

R4 writes,

[quote] I don't understand why CT voters have returned him to the Senate after his loony turn.

Joe Lieberman unseated Lowell Wicker in 1988.

Wicker, also a former governor, was the last Republican to win a U.S. Senate election from the state of Connecticut. That was in 1982.

Conn. voters like the color blue. But, unfortunately, they don't always distinguish. In 2006, Lieberman lost the party nod for re-nomination to the U.S. Senate to Ned Lamont, only for voters to turn around in the general election and re-elect warmonger Lieberman. That election, followed by the next few years including the first term of Barack Obama, informed Lieberman enough to know that his political career was over.

It's too bad we can't go back in time. Lowell Wicker wasn't the breed of Republican we're used to seeing now. He was more worthy than Joe Lieberman.

by Anonymousreply 3609/02/2013

I am not a Republican, but I will say that Republicans in CT and the other New England states (Olympia Snowe from ME) are more sane than the lunatic Republicans in the rest of the country. We don't tolerate religious bullshit up in this part of the country - any politician who talked incessantly about Jesus and "morality" would never get elected here.

by Anonymousreply 3709/02/2013

r29 cracks me up.

by Anonymousreply 3809/02/2013

Send this warmonger to Israel where he belongs.

by Anonymousreply 3909/02/2013

Thank you r29, but not even close, really...

by Anonymousreply 4009/02/2013

How can he have constitutional authority to act without congressional approval in a situation where the U.S. is not being threatened on an emergency basis?

And, yes, I know, other presidents have done it but they have gotten blasted for acting unconstitutionally. And Obama would certainly be blasted for it.

by Anonymousreply 4109/02/2013

[quote]90% of America supports Israel at any cost.

Excuse me, Miss, but your slip is showing.

by Anonymousreply 4209/02/2013

r41, exactly.

by Anonymousreply 4309/02/2013

[quote]How can he have constitutional authority to act without congressional approval in a situation where the U.S. is not being threatened on an emergency basis?

Patriot Act?

by Anonymousreply 4409/02/2013

[quote]Obama does not need to ask congress, he has to ask congress

Huh?

by Anonymousreply 4509/02/2013

R27 writes,

[quote]Today, [bold]90% of America supports Israel at any cost[/bold]. Netanyahu got more rounds of applause by Congress than Obama did in his first SOTU address.

Can you give a link to your source?

by Anonymousreply 4609/02/2013

r27 is a typical conservative who pulls statistics out of his ass and expects you to believe them. This is why they love to quote Fox News. Stupidity quoting complete fabrication.

by Anonymousreply 4709/02/2013

[quote]Today, 90% of America supports Israel at any cost. Netanyahu got more rounds of applause by Congress than Obama did in his first SOTU address.

And that should frighten you, not please you.

Congress is bought and paid for by AIPAC and most of the US media (who did a fine job in the lead up to Iraq, eh?) has never been an honest source of info when it comes to the daily activities of Israel.

When you witness the reports of most US media outlets vs. one Bob Simon -a man who spent decades covering the conflict- you know most of what you've been fed about Israel being the consummate victim is utter bullshit.

Lieberman is a vile little man who wanted to start a war in Iran even as the Iraq war had just started... because why give a shit about other people's children when you don't send your own or haven't served yourself?

by Anonymousreply 4809/02/2013

[quote]Al Gore apparently had no idea how anti-Semitic most Americans are

R24--You are mistaken if you think many Americans share your obsession with Jews. First, of course, Al Gore won the popular vote and I have never seen any polling to support the idea that Liberman's religion was a significant factor in the election.

At the moment there are Jewish Senators from 10 different states and even the Republicans have a Jew as their Majority Leader in the House (although he is the only Republican among the 33 Jews in the Congress.

by Anonymousreply 5009/02/2013

[quote]First, of course, Al Gore won the popular vote

Which means jack shit.

The person was talking about what would have given him a bigger advantage. Try to keep up.

by Anonymousreply 5109/02/2013

If Congress is bought and paid for by Israel why don't the Arabs buy themselves some control? No amount of money would suffice because the voters would not tolerate it.

Of course the real power is very much Arab--the oil and gas industry.

by Anonymousreply 5209/02/2013

Graphs at link.

Americans Continue to Tilt Pro-Israel

More view Israel favorably than the Palestinian Authority or Iran

by Elizabeth Mendes

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The large majority of Americans continue to view Israel favorably, while far fewer say they view the Palestinian Authority or Iran very or mostly favorably.

The new data are from Gallup's 2013 World Affairs poll, conducted Feb. 7-10.

One of the more notable aspects of the trend is the steady increase in relative support for Israel over the past decade, at the same time that the percentage with no opinion or favoring neither side has declined. Preference for the Palestinians has been relatively flat, generally in the mid- to high teens, before this year.

Republicans Remain Most Staunch in Support for Israel

Consistent with prior years, Republicans are substantially more likely than Democrats to favor the Israelis, 78% vs. 55%, with the preferences of independents -- currently 63% -- more closely matching those of Democrats.

Support for Israel has increased among all three party groups since 2001, but particularly among Republicans and independents. The percentage sympathizing more with the Israelis has increased by 18 percentage points among Republicans (from 60% to 78%) and by 21 points among independents (from 42% to 63%). By comparison, Democrats' support has increased four points (from 51% to 55%).

Republicans' sympathy with Israel spiked to 77% in February 2003, likely associated with the run-up to the Iraq war, when Israel supported U.S. aspirations to remove Saddam Hussein from power. It sank sharply in a subsequent poll in May, but then returned to the high 60s in 2004.

Majorities of all political as well as major demographic groups in America say they sympathize more with the Israelis than the Palestinians -- with minor variations by gender, age, education level, and political orientation. Liberals and Democrats are the least likely to sympathize with Israel, and conservatives and Republicans are the most likely.

Older Americans are more likely to support Israel, with sympathy rising from 55% among 18- to 34-year-olds to 65% among 35- to 54-year-olds, and to 71% among those 55 and older. However, the diminished support among younger adults reflects higher proportions with no opinion or saying they favor neither side. Twelve percent of each age group favors the Palestinians.

The pattern differs somewhat by educational background, in that fairly similar levels -- between 61% and 68% -- of adults in all major educational groups favor Israel. At the same time, the percentage favoring the Palestinians increases with formal education, ranging from 8% of those with no college experience to 20% of postgraduates.

Bottom Line

Americans' sympathy for Israel is at a high-water mark as President Obama travels there for what is being described as a "maintenance" visit, not a high-stakes effort to restart the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Consistent with attitudes in the past decade, Republicans are significantly more supportive of Israel than are Democrats, although the majority of all party groups tilt toward Israel.

Younger Americans show less favoritism toward Israel than middle-aged adults and, in particular, seniors; however, they are no more likely to favor the Palestinians. They are simply less anchored about whom they favor. Palestinians receive the highest sympathy from Democrats, liberals, and postgraduates, but even among these, support tops off at 24%.

by Anonymousreply 5309/02/2013

Americans' Sympathies for Israel Match All-Time High Republicans, conservatives, older Americans most likely to voice sympathy for Israel

by Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ -- As President Barack Obama prepares to visit Israel, the Palestinian West Bank, and Jordan next week -- his first trip to the region as president -- Americans' sympathies lean heavily toward the Israelis over the Palestinians, 64% vs. 12%. Americans' partiality for Israel has consistently exceeded 60% since 2010; however, today's 64% ties the highest Gallup has recorded in a quarter century, last seen in 1991 during the Gulf War. At that time, slightly fewer than today, 7%, sympathized more with the Palestinians.

The new data are from Gallup's 2013 World Affairs poll, conducted Feb. 7-10.

One of the more notable aspects of the trend is the steady increase in relative support for Israel over the past decade, at the same time that the percentage with no opinion or favoring neither side has declined. Preference for the Palestinians has been relatively flat, generally in the mid- to high teens, before this year.

Republicans Remain Most Staunch in Support for Israel

Consistent with prior years, Republicans are substantially more likely than Democrats to favor the Israelis, 78% vs. 55%, with the preferences of independents -- currently 63% -- more closely matching those of Democrats.

Support for Israel has increased among all three party groups since 2001, but particularly among Republicans and independents. The percentage sympathizing more with the Israelis has increased by 18 percentage points among Republicans (from 60% to 78%) and by 21 points among independents (from 42% to 63%). By comparison, Democrats' support has increased four points (from 51% to 55%).

Republicans' sympathy with Israel spiked to 77% in February 2003, likely associated with the run-up to the Iraq war, when Israel supported U.S. aspirations to remove Saddam Hussein from power. It sank sharply in a subsequent poll in May, but then returned to the high 60s in 2004.

Majorities of all political as well as major demographic groups in America say they sympathize more with the Israelis than the Palestinians -- with minor variations by gender, age, education level, and political orientation. Liberals and Democrats are the least likely to sympathize with Israel, and conservatives and Republicans are the most likely.

Older Americans are more likely to support Israel, with sympathy rising from 55% among 18- to 34-year-olds to 65% among 35- to 54-year-olds, and to 71% among those 55 and older. However, the diminished support among younger adults reflects higher proportions with no opinion or saying they favor neither side. Twelve percent of each age group favors the Palestinians.

The pattern differs somewhat by educational background, in that fairly similar levels -- between 61% and 68% -- of adults in all major educational groups favor Israel. At the same time, the percentage favoring the Palestinians increases with formal education, ranging from 8% of those with no college experience to 20% of postgraduates.

Bottom Line

Americans' sympathy for Israel is at a high-water mark as President Obama travels there for what is being described as a "maintenance" visit, not a high-stakes effort to restart the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Consistent with attitudes in the past decade, Republicans are significantly more supportive of Israel than are Democrats, although the majority of all party groups tilt toward Israel.

Younger Americans show less favoritism toward Israel than middle-aged adults and, in particular, seniors; however, they are no more likely to favor the Palestinians. They are simply less anchored about whom they favor. Palestinians receive the highest sympathy from Democrats, liberals, and postgraduates, but even among these, support tops off at 24%.

by Anonymousreply 5409/02/2013

Why are Americans so Pro-Israel?

by Anonymousreply 5509/02/2013

Boy, look at all of that yellow when you hit troll-dar.

by Anonymousreply 5609/02/2013

Lieberman cost Gore the election.

He's like the sleazy butcher, with his finger on the scale, while being ingratiating to the customers.

by Anonymousreply 5709/02/2013

[quote]Which means jack shit.

It refutes the argument that most Americans are antisemitic outside NY, LA and DC which is the antisemite's masturbatory fantasy.

by Anonymousreply 5809/02/2013

[quote]Boy, look at all of that yellow when you hit troll-dar.

A question was raised, dipshit.

by Anonymousreply 5909/02/2013

Well, your response is moronic, R59.

Most Americans have no clue about the rest of the world, but yeah, I'm sure they're scholars when it comes to Israel's behavior. Give me a break.

Israel only becomes newsworthy in this country when something happens to them. It's assumed that all is quiet, then Jews suddenly get killed; that's how it's covered in the US. Americans are oblivious to the daily hell of being a non-Jew in that country.

by Anonymousreply 6009/02/2013

Why does anything that this douchebag assclown has to say considered newsworthy?

He had his time in the senate, and his chance to make a difference but all he did was whine like a little bitch when he didn't get his way. He needs to take his butthurt whiney self back to obscurity and shut the fuck up.

by Anonymousreply 6109/02/2013

[quote]Americans are oblivious to the daily hell of being a non-Jew in that country.

As opposed to the paradise of being an Arab in Egypt, Syria or Iraq?

by Anonymousreply 6209/02/2013

Ah yes, the oh so predictable "look over there" response.

I'll tell you what, sweetheart, when the leaders of any of those nations you've mentioned are kowtowed to against my president or they get standing ovations or so-called liberals in Congress turn into warmongers on their behalf or Congress continually passed resolutions blaming a group of people who don't have the military might of the other side, then get back to me.

If Congress watched Israel pull a Nelson Muntz by taking a Palestinian's fist and making him hit himself with it as Israel yelled "Stop hitting yourself," Congress would pass a resolution against the Palestinians for potentially tiring out Israel's vocal chords.

The US has always been wrong on this one. Always.

by Anonymousreply 6309/02/2013

Citing a poll where a majority of americans view Israel favorably does NOT equate to...

[quote]Today, 90% of America supports Israel at any cost.

You are clearly a raving, delusional, Asshat.

by Anonymousreply 6409/02/2013

Face it, if Gore had a more competent running mate he would have won.

by Anonymousreply 6609/02/2013

[quote]Ah yes, the oh so predictable "look over there" response.

It's "oh so predictable" because it goes to the heart of the argument that Israel is to blame for the Palestinians' problems.

I note your response is to change the subject, to make a point I can't quite decipher through your rage.

by Anonymousreply 6709/02/2013

Who gives a shit what that nasty sour old fuck things?

by Anonymousreply 6809/02/2013

Lieberman is an already forgotten, bizarre footnote. He's basically competing for the media attention given to Sarah Palin....and LOSING!

by Anonymousreply 6909/02/2013

He's not losing as long as John McCain and Lindsay Graham are regarded as the foreign policy experts of the Republican party.

by Anonymousreply 7009/02/2013

Between Sen. Chris Dodd and Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut voters really had a couple of douchebags to represent them for so many many years. Good riddance to both.

by Anonymousreply 7109/02/2013

Yes, this exactly what R61 & R68 wrote

by Anonymousreply 7209/02/2013

But he's pro-gay marriage like Iaeael, so what's the problem? You think those Arab countries would accept you?

by Anonymousreply 7309/02/2013

Who's Iaeael?

by Anonymousreply 7409/02/2013

After reading many of these posts, DL's would probably appreciate writer, John Kaminski.

by Anonymousreply 7709/07/2013

[quote]Americans are oblivious to the daily hell of being a non-Jew in that country.

The daily hell of being an Arab in a country where Arabs serve as officers in the army, sit in the Knesset, sit on the supreme court, work as doctors side-by-side with Jews? That daily hell?

P.S. There is one, and only one, country in the MENA region where the Christian population is rising. It's Israel.

by Anonymousreply 7809/07/2013

To paraphrase Pelosi ref bachmann, Who cares what he thinks? Liebermann is the last person anyone should listen to. Agree with R3. The moment I hear he was Gore's running mate I knew Gore had lost.

by Anonymousreply 7909/07/2013

Liebermann is the enemy of all those who want members of Congress to heed the will of the people.

by Anonymousreply 8009/07/2013

FF, Freeper Troll @ R76.

by Anonymousreply 8109/07/2013

Gore could have put Bob Graham on the ticket--popular Democratic senator from FL, and a cinch to carry the state for Gore. However, for the sake of "regional diversity" Gore decided to go with Lieberman. It was a cynical move, a deliberate attempt to distance himself from Clinton and secure the Jewish vote (which Gore was guaranteed anyway). Ironically, both Gore and Clinton were from the south when they ran in 1992 and 1996, and regional diversity was irrelevant in those campaigns--and Clinton carried southern states.

The loss of 2000 remains the strangest, saddest election in the last century. Look what we ended up with and how we are still paying the price.

by Anonymousreply 8209/07/2013

Lieberman doesn't care about America. He's just here to grift us out of as much as possible.

by Anonymousreply 8409/08/2013

R84 - how the hell do you know? So weak...

by Anonymousreply 8509/13/2013

Hey [4] - it's not a savvy move of Obama. It's in the Constitution. Don't like it when libs give him credit, when he should always be sure his behavior is in alignment with the Constitution. And incidentally...remember when Obama was overheard on his hot mike leaning back and telling Putin: "Wait until the election's over; I'll have more flexibility then." Makes you think, right?

by Anonymousreply 8609/13/2013

Enemies within are just as troublesome as overseas enemies. Lieberman is an enemy within.

by Anonymousreply 8709/13/2013

All our "leaders" are exposing themselves - their schizoid blood lust, their venal corruption, their hatred of human life - beyond obfuscation at this point. They'll pay. Soon, too.

by Anonymousreply 8809/13/2013

R83/R85 = Neo con filth who has destroyed this country.

GTFO out of this country, you treacherous, war-mongering scum. Chickenhawk shit.

by Anonymousreply 8909/13/2013

Isn't he the same guy who played the father in ALF?

by Anonymousreply 9009/13/2013

R89 - If you weren't so sad and pathetic, I would drop one of my daisy cutters on you...hahahhhaha...loser!

by Anonymousreply 9109/13/2013

Jesus Christ almighty -- didn't any of these motherfuckers ever hear of the War Powers Act?

by Anonymousreply 9209/13/2013

[quote]- If you weren't so sad and pathetic, I would drop one of my daisy cutters on you...hahahhhaha...loser!

Swine. Vermin.

by Anonymousreply 9409/13/2013
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