U.S. Senator suggests air strikes against Iran

Outspoken U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman engaged in a bit of sword-rattling Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" when he declared America should consider military action against Iran because of Tehran's involvement in Iraq.

U.S. Senator suggests air strikes against Iran
Outspoken U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman engaged in a bit of sword-rattling Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" when he declared America should consider military action against Iran because of Tehran's involvement in Iraq.

"I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," Lieberman said. "And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers."

Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000 who now represents Connecticut as an independent, spoke of Iranians' alleged role in the continued violence in Iraq.

"We've said so publicly that the Iranians have a base in Iran at which they are training Iraqis who are coming in and killing Americans. By some estimates, they have killed as many as 200 American soldiers," Lieberman said. "Well, we can tell them we want them to stop that. But if there's any hope of the Iranians living according to the international rule of law and stopping, for instance, their nuclear weapons development, we can't just talk to them."

Lieberman said much of the action could probably be done by air, although he would leave the strategy to the generals in charge.

"I want to make clear I'm not talking about a massive ground invasion of Iran," Lieberman said.

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