U.S. senator says military action
in Iran possible
06/10/07 " -- -- WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) - Sen. Joseph
Lieberman, a long-time supporter of the Iraq war, said on Sunday
military force might be necessary to stop Iran from training and
equipping extremists who are killing U.S. troops.
"I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military
action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans
in Iraq," the Connecticut independent said on CBS' "Face the
"And to me, that would include a strike into -- 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," he said.
Lieberman lost the Democratic primary for re-election last year
because of his support for the war but came back in the general
election as an independent to be returned to the Senate.
While leaving the exact nature of a military response to the
generals, Lieberman said he was not talking about a massive
ground invasion but more likely a strategic use of air power.
Lieberman said he did not oppose talking to the Iranians, as the
administration did recently in Baghdad.
"If we're going to sit and talk with the Iranians, tell them
what we want them to do -- which is to stop doing that (arming
and training Iraqis) because it's killing Americans," he said.
"They can't believe that they have immunity for training and
equipping people to come in and kill Americans," Lieberman said.
"We cannot let them get away with it."
In the past, Lieberman has said the United States should keep a
military response as a last resort in reaction to Iran's nuclear
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