Lieberman takes the threat of Iran seriously. Unlike every Democrat and most Republicans, he is forthright on the the threat posed by Iran. He says:

I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq. To me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers.”

Lieberman said diplomacy with the Iranians was not enough: “We can’t just talk to them. If they don’t play by the rules, we’ve got to use our force and, to me, that would include taking military action to stop them doing what they’re doing.”

Lieberman also said that “90 percent” of the suicide bombings in Iraq were being caused by Al Qaeda and its affiliates.

Joe has strayed a long way from the Democrat reservation but he is right. He’s more right than Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Perhaps Bill Roggio has reported a trigger point:

In the June 4 edition of Aviation Week and Space Technology, the magazine reported that Iran build a mockup of the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center inside its borders, which was used to train the attackers. The “training center” was discovered by a U.S. spy satellite surveying Iran.

“U.S. reconnaissance spacecraft have spotted a training center in Iran that duplicates the layout of the governor’s compound in Karbala, Iraq, that was attacked in January by a specialized unit that killed American and Iraqi soldiers,” Michael Mecham reported in the In Orbit section of the magazine. “The U.S. believes the discovery indicates Iran was heavily involved in the attack, which relied on a fake motorcade to gain entrance to the compound. The duplicate layout in Iran allowed attackers to practice procedures to use at the Iraqi compound, the Defense Dept. believes.”

An American military officer confirmed to us the report is accurate, but did not disclose the location of the training camp.

Has Bush the will to do anything about Iran? Joe has given Bush the political cover. Can he use it in time? Doubtful.

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