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The war comes to Yemen……

Well… what do you know?……Sen. Lieberman mentions Yemen and the New York Times writes the story……

It turns out…. like I said in my earlier post on the senators remarks….. that the CIA IS operating there (and so are the military’s Special Ops people)…..

It used to be quietly to world (the people there… good and bad, of course, know who they are)….but now that they have made the New York Times…I’m sure there will be danger craving reporters going there, to get interviews, and pictures for the “news at 10” programs……

More to come….I’m sure………

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Travel | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Sen. Lieberman is correct…..after the U.S. finishes in the Middle East…..North Africa is next….

He is right…Yeman and Somalia will the theaters of action…..and U.S. military and intel assets are already in place……

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Politics, Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Sen. Joe Lieberman is out to screw the liberals…….and kill the Healthcare Bill……

The senator from Connecticut is annoucing that in order to get his vote on the healthcare¬†bill…that Majoprity Leader Reid would have to take out the Public Option and any Medicare Buy-in……these two things are dear to the democratic liberals and progressives…….

By doing these two things Lieberman would be essentially towing the GOP line on the bill………

This view from Erza Klien over at the Washington Post about sums it up……

The Huffington Post and Roll Call are both reporting that Joe Lieberman notified Harry Reid that he will filibuster health-care reform if the final bill includes an expansion of Medicare. Previously, Lieberman had been cool to the idea, saying he wanted to make sure it wouldn’t increase the deficit or harm Medicare’s solvency (and previously to that, he supported it as part of the Gore/Lieberman health-care plan). That comforted some observers, as the CBO is expected to say it will do neither. Someone must have given Lieberman a heads-up on that, as he’s decided to make his move in advance of the CBO score, the better to ensure the facts of the policy couldn’t impede his opposition to it.

To put this in context, Lieberman was invited to participate in the process that led to the Medicare buy-in. His opposition would have killed it before liberals invested in the idea. Instead, he skipped the meetings and is forcing liberals to give up yet another compromise. Each time he does that, he increases the chances of the bill’s failure that much more. And if there’s a policy rationale here, it’s not apparent to me, or to others who’ve interviewed him. At this point, Lieberman seems primarily motivated by torturing liberals. That is to say, he seems willing to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in order to settle an old electoral score.

This leaves Reid in a tough spot. Sam Stein runs through his remaining options, none of which are very good:

The first is to convince the Senator to support Democrats in breaking a Republican filibuster before casting a vote against the bill. This would allow for the legislation to pass with Lieberman still registering his opposition. Lieberman, however, has said he considers the procedural vote to cut off debate to be of the same significance as a vote on the bill itself.

The second path is to try and pick up a Republican moderate. But this too seems unlikely, as Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Reid’s best bet, has also expressed opposition to the Medicare buy-in provision.

The third path would be to appease Lieberman and wipe the provisions that he deems controversial from the bill. This, however, would likely lose Reid several progressive votes — advancing the cause no further.

The final path would be to try the reconciliation, the parliamentary procedure that would allow Democrats to pass chunks of health care reform by a simple up or down vote. There are a host of hurdles that come with going down this route, including questions over what, exactly, could be passed. And at this point both the White House and Reid’s office seem hesitant to use the procedural tool, even after Lieberman’s latest round of opposition.

Reid could also try and find another compromise, but it’s not clear there are many of those left. And at this point, the underlying dynamic seems to be that Lieberman will destroy any compromise the left likes. That, in fact, seems to be the compromise: Lieberman will pass the bill if he can hurt liberals while doing so. From Lieberman’s perspective, the compromise is killing the compromise.

Note:….The democrats need to run someone against this guy next time around….

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, Politics, The Economy | , , , | 14 Comments