Senator Joseph I. Lieberman seized on the terror arrests in Britain today to attack his Democratic rival, Ned Lamont, saying that Mr. Lamont?s goals for ending the war in Iraq would constitute a ?victory? for the extremists who are accused of plotting to blow up airliners traveling between Britain and the United States.
?If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England,? Mr. Lieberman said at a campaign event at lunchtime in Waterbury, Conn. ?It will strengthen them and they will strike again.?
Mr. Lamont, who rode an antiwar message to beat Mr. Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic primary on Tuesday, was on vacation in Maine and not immediately available for comment. Mr. Lamont has called for a firm deadline to remove front-line American troops from Iraq, and endorsed a Democratic-sponsored amendment in the Senate to set that deadline for next July.