Yes, as Lieberman said:
"I know many of you are angry and frustrated by our government and our politics, and for good reason."Joe, what dignified political activists are frustrated by is the acceptance of turncoats like you. If you wanted to speak at the Republican convention, you should have switched your registration and announced that you would henceforth caucus with the GOP. I don't know who to pity more - the spineless Republican delegates who clapped like trained seals for you last night, or the Democrat leaders who continue to accept you as one of their own.
So, what did Turncoat Joe have to say? Well, my personal favorite was his quoting from George Washington's farewell address. Well, here is a clip from that speech that Lieberman seems to have missed:
"Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all...In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated...Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest."Yes, Joe, you hit the nail on the head when you told us last night:
"George Washington was absolutely right. The sad truth is -- today we are living through his worst nightmare, in the capital city that bears his name."Speaking of "particular nations", we heard from Joe that "what we need most is not more party unity in America but more national unity!" That's right, folks! "We are all Georgians!"
Of course, Turncoat Joe's top task was to gin up support for the hyper-interventionist foreign policy that he and McCain embrace. He noted:
"When others were silent, John McCain had the judgment to sound the alarm about the mistakes we were making in Iraq. John McCain had the courage to stand against the tide of public opinion..."Too bad it's not the "original maverick" McCain from 1982, who said:
"The fundamental question is: What is the United States' interest in Lebanon? It is said we are there to keep the peace. I ask, what peace? It is said we are there to aid the government. I ask, what government? It is said we are there to stabilize the region. I ask, how can the U.S. presence stabilize the region?... The longer we stay in Lebanon, the harder it will be for us to leave. We will be trapped by the case we make for having our troops there in the first place.Yeah, and Sarah Palin supported Pat Buchanan in 1996. Oh, how things change...
What can we expect if we withdraw from Lebanon? The same as will happen if we stay. I acknowledge that the level of fighting will increase if we leave. I regretfully acknowledge that many innocent civilians will be hurt. But I firmly believe this will happen in any event."