Iraq Report Rattles Races
Twist Hits Lieberman Before Speech On War
A conclusion by American intelligence agencies that the U.S. invasion of Iraq spawned a new generation of Islamic radicalism threw Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman a curve on the eve of a major campaign speech he intends to deliver today on the war.
The New York Times and the Washington Post reported Sunday that the National Intelligence Estimate, a classified consensus of 16 U.S. spy agencies, concluded in April that the war has made terrorism worse and that the overall terror threat has grown since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Ned jumps on the report:
Ned Lamont, Lieberman's main rival in a five-way Senate race, seized on the report as evidence that Lieberman no longer can claim that toppling Saddam Hussein three years ago has bolstered U.S. security. In a letter, Lamont challenged Lieberman to respond.Lieberman will be forced to adopt the Republican talking points to defend his own position. That can only hurt.