The origins of Ned Lamont’s opposition to the War in Iraq can be found in his Calvinist roots and family genes.
He cites “Calvinist currents of public obligation and individual conscience” in Lamont country and finds a correlation in his opposition to the war in Iraq with his uncle Thomas W. Lamont II’s support of American involvement in WWII. As a 17-year-old Exeter student, “Tommy” Lamont spoke out against European Fascism and argued that Americans had a responsibility to stamp it out. He saw WWII as a “Good Fight” (and he died fighting it.) According to Sleeper, the War in Iraq is no such thing.
As for Tommy’s nephew Ned:
Joe Lieberman, one would imagine, would argue that his support for the war would make him Thomas Lamont’s true intellectual descendant. But there it is.
– Jason Horowitz