Lamont to Lieberman: just how dense are you?

Last week, Holy Joe Lieberman, Connecticut's neocon candidate for the Senate, gave a speech in which he shucked and jived and completely avoided any mention of that pesky little occupation thingy we have going on in Iraq (rather annoying subscription process req'd).

That probably wasn't a bad idea, considering that Joe didn't just support Bush's Iraq policy -- it was Lieberman's Iraq policy that Bush implemented (and I wish folks would get that straight).

But now, the whole issue is probably going to be tougher for Lieberman and the rest of the hawks because both the New York Times and the Washington Post splashed one of those 'Water is Wet!' headlines across their front pages this weekend, reporting what we've all known for a long time: Iraq has increased terrorism and, although they didn't quite bring themselves to say it, we're losing the GWOT badly because of it -- the occupation has been a fetid, festering wound in America's foreign policy for the past few years.

Even though that's not news -- it's been the conclusion of one Israeli, two American and two British defense think-tanks, a study by the Saudi government and 87 of 100 of America's top international relations experts polled by Foreign Affairs -- this was significant because it's the consensus opinion of the United States' 16 intelligence agencies.

Anyway, Lamont's taking the report and going on the offensive. His campaign released a nice open letter to the incumbent Senator, which you can read on the flip:

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