Monday, September 10, 2007

 

Joe Biden knows best (just ask him)

Joe Biden is running for President. I know that may come as a surprise to you but it’s true. The Senator has been a consistent critic of our efforts in Iraq and simultaneously has been pushing for a directed withdrawal of our military forces from there. So when he went to Iraq recently, did anyone really expect him to return with anything but comments consistent with his prior stance?

Biden Faults Petraeus' Assessment

Yep – without actually having to hear from the General on what his assessment is, Joe Biden has pronounced the General “dead flat wrong”:

“President Bush's war strategy is failing and the top military commander in Iraq is "dead flat wrong" for warning against major changes, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday.

“Ahead of two days of crucial testimony by Bush's leading military and political advisers on Iraq, Sen. Joseph Biden indicated that he and other Democrats would persist in efforts to set target dates for bringing troops home.”

Well, if he’s “dead flat wrong”, shouldn’t we be looking at the people who affirmed the selection of the General. If all it takes is a couple of days in Iraq for Joe Biden to know more than a General whose been on the scene for months, what was the thought process that resulted in an 81-0 Senate approval back in January. Maybe Joe Biden can answer that.

Side Note: Anyone with even a passing familiarity with Senator Biden would probably agree that a lack of hubris is not one of his character traits. But still…

“The reality is that, although there has been some mild progress on the security front, there is, in fact, no real security in Baghdad or Anbar province, where I was dealing with the most serious problem, sectarian violence," said Biden, a 2008 presidential candidate who recently returned from Iraq.”

This is why men like Joe Biden are so valuable. While General Petraeus flails around in Iraq, completely misreading the situation, Senator Biden quietly goes in and immediately assesses and deals with the most serious problem there. As a nation, are we even worthy of such leadership?

Comments:
Doesn't Biden know how much of a nut-case he looks like? Recently, one of the talking heads on Sunday asked Biden if he would approve one of the attorney general names floating around. Instead of answering, Biden said over and over, "he (Bush) better not send us another liar...etc." What a loose cannon this nutcase is.
 
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