WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Joseph Lieberman said Sunday the
consider a military strike against
"I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against
the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in
"And to me, that would include a strike over the border into
have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these
people coming back into
have brought about international reproach.
Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000 who now
continued violence in
"We've said so publicly that the Iranians have a base in
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."
He added, "If they don't play by the rules, we've got to use our force, and
to me, that would include taking military action to stop them from doing
what they're doing."
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
"They can't believe that they have immunity for training and equipping
people to come in and kill Americans," he said. "We cannot let them get away
with it. If we do, they'll take that as a sign of weakness on our part and
we will pay for it in
here at home."
To deal with
Richardson said tough negotiation is called for.
"I would talk to them, but I would build an international coalition that
would promote and push economic sanctions on them,"
"Sanctions would work on
They are susceptible to cuts, economic sanctions in commodities."
On Friday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Iran's detention of at
least four Americans is unwarranted but will not stop Washington from trying
to engage Iran on other matters, including its disputed nuclear program and
alleged support of insurgents in Iraq.
In an Associated Press interview, Rice also appeared to cast doubt on
further for now.
public, substantive high-level discussions the two countries have held in
nearly three decades. Although limited to the topic of violence and
Immediately after the meeting in
But U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker said
Iraqi government issued an invitation.
complaints that it is equipping and helping insurgents who attack American
Lieberman spoke on "Face the Nation" on CBS.
Edition" on CNN.