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  Lieberman: Friendly with GOP, lying about Democrats
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Dec 03, 2007 08:21pm
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News DateTuesday, December 4, 2007 02:20:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAs an independently elected Democrat, freed to pursue issues outside the restrictive partisan lines, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman has done little to foster bipartisanship on the central issue of the day.
In fact, Lieberman had done more to widen the partisan divide on the Iraq war than mend it.

Fresh from his most recent visit to Iraq, Lieberman went on Fox's "Your World with Neil Cavuto," where he chastised Democrats for failing to acknowledge post-surge progress in Iraq.

"This is the third time I've been in Iraq since last December. And last December al-Qaida was winning, it's as simple as that, and we were losing. Today al-Qaida is on the run. We are winning," Lieberman told Cavuto last Tuesday.

Iraqi people are returning to their homes and businesses have reopened, he said.

"So it's been, I think, one of the most remarkable turnarounds in modern military history. And it's time that everybody, including Democratic candidates, acknowledge reality and get off of this story line of retreat and defeat that they've been too committed to," Lieberman said.

This is rhetoric straight out of the Republican political playbook and patently false.

The Democratic presidential candidates have acknowledged security improvements in Iraq. Just look back to their last debate in Nevada nearly two weeks before Lieberman's return from Iraq.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked the candidates bluntly if Gen. David Petraeus was correct in saying the troop increase is bringing security to Iraq.

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