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Give Peace a Chance

(26) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 3:27 PM

The anti-war, give diplomacy a chance caucus can not wait until the warm days of spring to put on their marching boots. By then, Congress could have doubled down on sanctions on Iran, the nuclear peace talks wrecked by the hardliners in Tehran and Washington, D.C., and the bombers on...

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Spring Fever, War Fever

(11) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 11:01 AM

"America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy," John Quincy Adams said famously, but increasingly America sees monsters around every corner as we look abroad. Of course you do not negotiate with monsters, you slay monsters, and once again America's trigger finger is getting itchy.

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Returning Home From Iraq: Lessons Learned.

(65) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 6:19 PM

As the last of our troops return home from Iraq, the greatest tragedy of this misguided war is if we learn nothing. The Republican frontrunner, Newt Romney, has taken home the wrong lessons, while the historians and press imply that it is too early to make judgments: 'an uncertain legacy'...

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Just Because It Is Bipartisan Does Not Make It Right

(57) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 4:44 PM

Just because it is bipartisan does not make it right. Do you remember the infamous bridge to nowhere? It received almost 100% support in Congress; the invasion of Iraq won a strong bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate. Now we have another bipartisan idea which is gaining momentum: cutting foreign...

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Help Needed: Political Entrepreneurs in State Capitols

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 8:59 AM

Three years ago, I ran for Senate because I believed our nation's priorities had veered severely off track. During that campaign, I stood up time and again to say that the decision to invade Iraq was not only costing our country in blood and treasure, but also sucking all of...

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Independence Days

(37) Comments | Posted June 30, 2009 | 9:00 AM

It's hard to believe, but today finally marks the beginning of the end of America's front line military role in Iraq.

Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has named today, June 30th, 2009, an "Iraqi Independence Day" of sorts, a national holiday which he said would celebrate the "great victory"...

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Abandoning Bipartisanship

(76) Comments | Posted September 2, 2008 | 4:26 PM

Two years ago, Joe Lieberman campaigned throughout Connecticut in attempt to convince Democratic primary voters that he was the true Democrat in the race and that I was "Republican-lite". He promised significant American troop reductions by the end of 2006 - and just enough voters believed him in November 2006...

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The Kennedy Torch

(40) Comments | Posted May 23, 2008 | 12:56 AM

It was towards the end of the campaign in 2006 and we were running well back in the polls. Bill Clinton and Karl Rove, the leaders of the Connecticut AFL-CIO and U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- they had all lined up behind incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman. Then we received a...

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Fallon is Frowning. And Iran is Smiling.

(47) Comments | Posted March 14, 2008 | 12:29 PM

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The recent troubling resignation of CENTCOM Commander and Bush appointee Admiral William Fallon confirms a pattern that started to emerge even before the Iraq war began five years ago: President Bush is all for letting the military commanders, and not the politicians, make the...

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Why I'm Supporting Barack Obama

(337) Comments | Posted January 10, 2008 | 5:56 PM

When I decided to run for Senate, I did so because I deeply believed that the citizens of Connecticut were yearning to see fundamental changes in our politics - changes that would make government work for them again.

Today, with our Presidential primary in Connecticut less than a month away,...

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Traveling The Polar Extremes Of The Middle East

(19) Comments | Posted October 16, 2007 | 11:41 AM

(For the full post with photos, read the original post at

Earlier this month, I put on my journalistic hat and traveled the polar extremes of the Middle East, from Dubai to Gaza City. I had not worked in the Middle East for almost twenty years, and I...

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Bush-Petraeus Contradicts Baker-Hamilton

(31) Comments | Posted September 12, 2007 | 1:42 PM

General David Petraeus' congressional testimony this week directly contradicted the findings of last year's Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group. While the bipartisan study group unanimously recommended that the US change its role from combat operations to training and anti-terrorist commando raids almost a year ago, General Petraeus still calls such...

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Give It Back

(42) Comments | Posted August 30, 2007 | 10:27 PM

Two years ago, Louisiana was hit by Katrina, the most expensive and devastating hurricane in our nation's history. Both the levees and our emergency responders were woefully unprepared, and New Orleans continues to suffer. At the time, while President Bush and Congress were at a loss as to where to...

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Two Months

(61) Comments | Posted March 19, 2007 | 10:13 AM

Last week, days before the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a group of us met with Hans Blix, the former top UN weapons inspector. He reminded us that not only did the UN have hundreds of weapons inspectors on the ground in Iraq before the invasion, but that...

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The Real Choice on Iraq

(125) Comments | Posted March 1, 2007 | 10:14 AM

Dear Senator Lieberman,

Fifteen months ago, in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal praising the Bush Administration's Iraq policy, you asked the rhetorical question, "does America have a good plan for doing this, a strategy for victory in Iraq?"

"Yes," we did, you answered.


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Let's Talk About Iraq

(71) Comments | Posted July 31, 2006 | 10:41 AM

A Real Conversation About Iraq

We're having a conversation about the war in Iraq, and we want you to join in. You can either film your own video blog and send it to us, or fill out the web form below with your thoughts
about Iraq.

If you live in Connecticut, make sure you get involved this week by contacting one of our many field offices (link). If you have family or friends inside the state, please send them a personalized postcard (on our dime) telling them about your feelings on the race (link).

Here are two ways you can join the conversation:

1.) Upload your own video blog about Iraq to the free video service, YouTube.

2.) Send us your thoughts on Iraq by filling out the following form below on this page. We'll put these up on our testimonial wall along with video...

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