Following the horrific shootings at the Fort Hood army base in Texas, Connecticut Senator Lieberman pulled a thread from the right-wing blogosphere and called for a congressional inquiry into whether the incident was an act of “terrorism.”
Not domestic terrorism, but full-blown terrorism that is comparable to what is seen in the most unstable of warzones.
“This was an attack on America troops,” Lieberman chirped on Fox New Sunday. “You’ve got to see it as if 12 American troops were killed in Afghanistan.”
But, wait, U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are fighting a strategically-sophisticated and structurally-coordinated enemy that employs traditional military tactics and terrorist strategies such as suicide bombings in urban areas.
Is Lieberman serious about making a comparison between what happened at Fort Hood and what happens in Kabul?
When he’s pinned down, Lieberman makes the slightly more precise calim that the Army doctor who killed 13 people and wounded 29 at Fort Hood showed signs of being a “self-radicalized, homegrown terrorist.”
Never mind that another way of saying “self-radicalized, homegrown terrorist” might be “completely isolated mental-health case.”
Never might that, when he started running the “terrorist” line on Fox New Sunday, host Chris Wallace used a sound line of questioning to make it clear that the senator did not have “any evidence so far (from) what you and your staff have heard in briefings that.. he was exchanging communications either in this country or overseas with other Islamic radicals.”
Lieberman says he plans to use his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to launch a congressional investigation into the motives behind what he describes as “the worst terrorist attack since 9/11.”
In his calmer moments, Lieberman admits that “it’s premature to reach conclusions about what motivated [Major Nidal Malik Hasan]” and acknowledges that “the stress he was under” was a factor.
But, of course, the “homegrown terrorist” line was a headline grabber.
And the senator will not let go.