Posted on Raw Story by Stephen C. Webster:
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Senator Joeseph Lieberman (I-CT), who
leads the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee,
has a vision of "tomorrow's war."
"Somebody in our government
said to me in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, Iraq was yesterday’s war,"
Lieberman explained. "Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act
preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war. That’s the danger we face."
Arlen Specter (D-PA), also appearing on the program, seemed to agree,
calling an attack against Yemen "something we should consider."
Nidal Malik Hasan -- the Army officer who killed 13 people in a
shooting rampage at Fort Hood in November -- was linked to Anwar
al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric now based in Yemen," The Hill noted.
administration officials told US media in the aftermath of the thwarted
attack that their suspect had confessed to traveling to Yemen and
receiving training by Al-Qaeda.
saber rattling against Yemen is "likely to be echoed in the days ahead
as a growing number of neoconservative and conservative foreign policy
voices have used the attempted airline attack to call into question the
tactics Obama has applied to curb terrorism," Sam Stein added.
In a borderline-livid post, Firedoglake writer Spencer Ackerman assailed Lieberman's hawkish stance.
"Is it a mistake to respond to this with more than ridicule? Maybe, but
if not: it’s a ludicrously blithe and cost-free assertion to say that
we need to take preemptive action in Yemen. What the fuck does Joe
Lieberman know about Yemen? What does anyone in the Washington policy
community know about Yemen? Fucking nothing except that (a) there is an
apparently growing al-Qaeda presence there; Abdulmutallab told
investigators that he got hooked up with his botched explosive there;
the USS Cole was bombed there; there’s an important port there; and…
"The good news is that while progressives basically
need Joe Lieberman’s vote in the Senate to pass domestic legislation,
thus giving him a ton of leverage over what happens, nobody needs to
listen to him about Yemen," blogger Matt Yglesias opined.