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Lieberman, Cheney and Iraq.

Topics: Tom Ridge, Dick Cheney, War Room, Joe Lieberman, Iraq, Middle East,

OK, so it was last week, but we were on vacation then, and we still can’t believe that Joe Lieberman actually said this:

“If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England. It will strengthen them and they will strike again.”

Ned Lamont makes the obvious point: Lieberman’s words sound “an awful lot” like something Dick Cheney would — and did — say. “It seemed almost orchestrated,” Lamont tells the Associated Press. “It’s sort of demeaning to the people of Connecticut … I thought the senator and the vice president were both wrong to use that attack (strategy) on the voters of Connecticut.”

Lamont isn’t the only one. As Think Progress notes, even former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge thinks Cheney and, by extension, Lieberman are off the mark in concluding that Lamont’s primary win somehow emboldens the enemy. “That may be the way the vice president sees it,” Ridge says, “but I dont see it that way, and I dont think most Americans see it that way.”

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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