Lieberman vs. Lieberman

June 09, 2009 5:55 pm ET

On June 9, 2009, Senator Joe Lieberman threatened to filibuster the Supplemental Appropriations Bill funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan unless it contained an amendment allowing photos of detainee abuse to be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.  He was singing a different tune in 2007.

Sen. Lieberman in 2007: We Have A Responsibility To Fund The Troops No Matter What

While speaking on the floor of the Senate, Sen. Joe Lieberman said:

"We all know what our most important responsibility is. Our forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are looking to us. They need the funding that only we in Congress can provide them. The money is running out.

I understand that many in this chamber saw the supplemental appropriations bill as an opportunity to force a withdrawal of our troops from Iraq, and that many of us argued vigorously against the amendments that attempted to do that. Each side has now had an opportunity to make its case, and the result is clear: there are not enough votes in Congress to enact a mandatory date for withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. The time for having debates and sending messages on this troop funding bill should be over.

It is time to get our troops the equipment, the training, the supplies they need-and without delay.

We in this chamber have a responsibility to make certain that-no matter what our disagreements and differences here in Washington-our men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan are not caught in the political crossfire." [Lieberman.senate.gov, 5/10/07; emphasis added]

Sen. Lieberman Today: Filibuster The Troop Funding Bill

As reported by the Huffington Post:

"By turns sober and furious, the two senators [Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham] vowed again Tuesday to vote against -- and, if possible, filibuster -- the troop-funding bill and all other legislation until they get their way. They equated the weapons supplied by the war supplemental spending bill with detainee photos that they said would serve as a recruiting tool for al-Qaida and a weapon against U.S. troops." [Huffington Post, 6/9/2009]

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