CBS reported today that President Obama has decided to send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan. (The White House denies any decision has been made. h/t for both: Steve Benen.) In other news from a couple of weeks back, Harry Reid said that Joe Lieberman’s threatened filibuster of the health bill, though it seemed pretty serious, was “the least of Harry Reid’s problems.” (Andy Sabl notes that Harry Reid shares Bob Dole’s odd habit of referring to himself in the third person.)
I have no evidence for the following. It’s not even speculation. But it is, I think, a natural worry, so here goes: What if we’ve just seen the terms of a deal? Lieberman cares much more about Afghanistan than about any domestic issue–and his explanations for his filibuster threat don’t even make sense. The reverse is probably true of Obama. And so the bargain might be struck.
I’d love to be wrong. I almost certainly am wrong. But while I think that 99 percent of conspiracy theories deserve less attention than they get, I regard this one as among the 1 percent that deserves more attention than it’s getting. I’d like to see someone ask Lieberman to deny it, and to stake something on the denial.