Saturday, November 21, 2009

Joe Lieberman Is an Opportunistic Snake

We were all pretty shocked and at the news coming out of Fort Hood two weeks ago. News that soldiers were killed by an army major, a psychiatrist no less.

A Muslim army psychiatrist.

Then news came out that the perpetrator was still alive and being treated in a hospital. Then we knew we would have some answers to too many questions.

We knew we would have a trial.

Not before, however, the Senate, through Joe Lieberman’s Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, holds some hearings on the matter.

I actually listened to a rebroadcast of the Thursday hearing earlier today on CSPAN. I found it interesting that there were people willing to testify as to Major Hassan’s mental state, and surprised that the senate committee members were willing to listen and question witnesses further.

Interesting because I thought that this kind of stuff is the sort of thing that comes out in trials.

Now I have to wonder whether Hassan’s lawyer will point out in court that there is no way his client will be able to receive a fair trial, since his case has already been tried in Joe Lieberman’s committee. And while no verdict was rendered, it certainly didn’t look good for his client.

In short, Joe Lieberman has gone too far. He has put the successful prosecution of Major Hassan in jeopardy.

And given the Major’s grievous crimes, this makes Joe Lieberman’s opportunistic attempt at headline grabbing particularly heinous.

Joe Lieberman is an opportunistic snake.

I don’t care if Lieberman will cast his vote to allow the Senate to start debates on Reid’s healthcare reform bill, I really don’t. Lieberman has demonstrated that he doesn’t have the good judgment to let the judicial process proceed. He can have his hearings to figure out how to fix what went wrong to allow Hassan get to the point of taking the lives of 13 American soldiers - - - later.

But really, I just wish the Senate leadership would just do the right thing and take the chairmanship away from Lieberman. His showboating in this case endangers the successful prosecution and punishment of Hassan.

If Lieberman doesn’t have the good sense to keep out of this until justice is allowed to prevail, he must be made an example of.

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