Former Sen. Joe Lieberman joining conservative think tank

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, March 11, 2013 17:00 EDT
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Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman will be joining the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative think tank announced on Monday.

Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-Independent, will join former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) as a co-chair of the American Internationalism Project, which advocates for a strong U.S. presence in world affairs.

“There is an urgent need to rebuild a bipartisan — indeed non-political — consensus for American diplomatic, economic, and military leadership in the world,” Lieberman said in a statement. “That’s why I am grateful to AEI for initiating and sponsoring this project and why I look forward to leading it with my friend Jon Kyl.”

Lieberman infuriated Democrats by endorsing much of the foreign policy of former President George W. Bush, including the war in Iraq. He has also called for the United States to adopt a more aggressive stance towards Iran, including a military strike against the country if it refuses to halt its nuclear program.

After losing his Senate primary race in 2006, Lieberman ran as an Independent and was re-elected. He did not seek re-election in 2012.

“Opinion leaders in both political parties seem much less willing to support U.S. involvement around the world and the military requirements of an engaged United States,” Kyl said in a statement. “This project will help us persuasively make the case for such a role and concomitant military strength to keep the United States positioned to protect our vital interests.”

[H/T: Talking Points Memo]

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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