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February 12, 2010

Joe Biden update: Iraq one of Obama’s ‘great achievements’

Who knew?

Thank goodness, Vice President Joe Biden went on CNN to chat with Larry King Wednesday night. So many think things are not going so well for the Democrat administration, as The Ticket chronicled here.

Many Americans recall the ex-Sen. Biden’s Democratic primary plans to give in to Iraq’s fractious factions and carve the country into three territories. And even more probably recall Biden’s boss’ plan to halt the Iraq war years ago. As long as it got started anyway without the permission of the then state senator.

Plus, of course, the vehement opposition of the Nobel Prize winner to the 2007 American troop surge of you-know-who from Texas that Obama knew for certain was only going to worsen sectarian strife there. (See 2007 video here.)….

Well, of course, it didn’t turn out that way, thanks in large measure to the brave service of hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops who served in that war-torn land and helped peace to break out despite the loud political acrimony back home over their role.

Now, the Obama-Biden pair that opposed the Iraq war and its tactics and predicted their failure is prepared to accept credit for its success.

It seems that Biden, who’s from Delaware when he’s in Delaware and Pennsylvania when in Pennsylvania, is certain now that Iraq will turn out to be one of the Obama-Biden administration’s greatest achievements.

No, really.

Here’s how Biden put it to Lar:

I am very optimistic about — about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You’re going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government.

I spent — I’ve been there 17 times now. I go about every two months — three months. I know every one of the major players in all the segments of that society. It’s impressed me. I’ve been impressed how they have been deciding to use the political process rather than guns to settle their differences.

Biden did not elaborate on what all the administration’s other “great achievements” were so far.

No doubt, Iraqis too are very thankful for that 2008 U.S. election. (Full King transcript here.)

Oh, Joe. You moron.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. sarahbaram permalink
    February 12, 2010 5:04 am

    Although Iraq is not an “achievement”…. by far. I think you’re are twisting his words a bit. He said “could be” not “is”.

    • February 12, 2010 7:15 am

      Liberation, democracy, and rebuilding a rapidly crumbling nation that lived under a dictatorship is not an “achievement”? No?

      I didn’t twist anything. Straight from Biden’s mouth. The entire transcript can be found here: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1002/10/lkl.01.html

      Placing blame on President Bush for the Obama administration’s horrid policies, but attempting to take credit for the positive aspects of the Bush administration is a new low. Even for this bunch. Maybe I agree with you… Iraq itself isn’t an achievement. The work we’ve done there, however, is.

      Also:

      “For decades, millions of men and women in the region had been trapped in oppression and hopelessness. And these conditions left a generation disillusioned and made this region a breeding ground for extremism.

      Imagine what it’s like to be a young person living in a country that is not moving toward reform. You’re 21 years old, and while your peers in other parts of the world are casting their ballots for the first time, you are powerless to change the course of your government.

      While your peers in other parts of the world have received educations that prepare them for the opportunities of a global economy, you have been fed propaganda and conspiracy theories that blame others for your country’s shortcomings.

      And everywhere you turn, you hear extremists who tell you that you can escape your misery and regain your dignity through violence and terror and martyrdom.

      For many across the broader Middle East this is the dismal choice presented every day.

      Every civilized nation, including those in the Muslim world, must support those in the region who are offering a more hopeful alternative.

      We know that when people have a voice in their future, they are less likely to blow themselves up in suicide attacks. We know that when leaders are accountable to their people, they are more likely to seek national greatness in the achievements of their citizens, rather than in terror and conquest.

      So we must stand with democratic leaders and moderate reformers across the broader Middle East. We must give them voice to the hopes of decent men and women who want for their children the same thing we want for ours.”

      How do you feel about THAT chunk of a statement?

      • February 12, 2010 7:13 pm

        One would expect nothing less from Obombo and his tribe of trash.
        Bob A.

  2. February 13, 2010 9:06 am

    Well what do you expect, a thief would never admit to a crime he has done. So naturally when Obama’s governance fails he points his fingers.

    • February 13, 2010 2:05 pm

      You make a good point. I guess I don’t expect a whole hell of a lot from this administration, to be honest.

  3. sarahbaram permalink
    February 13, 2010 12:45 pm

    It’s amusing really. All I said was that you were misconstruing his words. Never once did I agree with what he was saying. So close minded!

    • February 13, 2010 2:02 pm

      You said I twisted his words when I did no such thing. Then you avoided a simple question, ignored the points I made, and resorted to name calling.

      Who exactly is the closed minded one, now?

    • February 13, 2010 2:05 pm

      It would also be impossible for disagree, agree, or claim that I’m twisting words you don’t even know exactly what he’s saying.

      Curious indeed.

  4. Fishleg permalink
    February 13, 2010 4:15 pm

    Oh, Sarah…you take one step forward and 8 steps back.

  5. February 13, 2010 4:40 pm

    That is what the liberal progressive is all about…twisting words…matters not…the ends justify the means!

    • February 13, 2010 4:59 pm

      Liberal Progressive is as much of an oxymoron as Democratic Strategist.

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