At least Zell had the decency to retire

It's time for Joe Lieberman to get the hell out of the Democratic party.

Actually, it was time last year during the Democratic primaries, but he's really stepped over the line now in my opinion.

From today's Rumsfeld testimony (link provided courtesy of Atrios:

LIEBERMAN: Mr. Secretary, the behavior by Americans at the prison in Iraq is, as we all acknowledge, immoral, intolerable and un-American. It deserves the apology that you have given today and that have been given by others in high positions in our government and our military.

I cannot help but say, however, that those who were responsible for killing 3,000 Americans on September 11th, 2001, never apologized. Those who have killed hundreds of Americans in uniform in Iraq working to liberate Iraq and protect our security have never apologized.

LIEBERMAN: And those who murdered and burned and humiliated four Americans in Fallujah a while ago never received an apology from anybody.

Now forget for a moment that his last statement makes absolutely no sense--the people who murdered the American mercenaries deserve no apology and aren't seeking one as far as I know--Lieberman is again guilty of making the same linkage that got us into this mess in the first place, namely, that the 9-11 attacks and the War in Iraq are somehow related.

Those of us in the Democratic party who were screaming mad about this war in Iraq before it started don't need members of our party continuing to try to justify it, not when of the opposition, only Cheney still insists the link exists. Get it through your goddamn head Joe--there is no freaking connection between Iraq and al Qaeda, and if you want to continue to insist that there is, there's a party just waiting to embrace you and your rhetoric.

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