"He looks just like me," he said. "I didn't want to come back. ... We're waiting to get blown up."
Williams wasn't sure if he'd say how he really felt. But if he could, he'd ask about body armor.
"I don't want him to snap his fingers to get things fixed," Williams said, referring to Lieberman. "But he has influence."
Next to him, Spec. Will Hedin, 21, of Chester, Conn., thought about what he was going to say.
"We're not making any progress," Hedin said, as he recalled a comrade who was shot by a sniper last week. "It just seems like we drive around and wait to get shot at."
But as he waited two chairs down from where Lieberman would sit, Hedin said he'd never voice his true feelings to the senator.
"I think I'd be a private if I did," he joked. "It's just more troops, more targets."
As for Lieberman's McCain like view of the situation on the ground:
Then Lieberman walked in, wearing a pair of sunglasses newly purchased from an Iraqi market that the military had taken him to in southeast Baghdad.
The future's so bright... He's got to wear shades.