Although some have accused Joe Biden of being little more than a liar and a drunk, and often not in that order, I see Joe Biden as a complex man. This can be seen in his many positions regarding the Iraq war. It was just a little over a year ago that Joe Biden declared the Iraq war a failure:
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Democrat on Saturday declared last year’s troop buildup in Iraq a failure.
Sen. Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the military push didn’t succeed because U.S. troops remain committed there in large numbers and political reconciliation has not been achieved.
“The purpose of the surge was to bring violence in Iraq down so that its leaders could come together politically,” said Biden, D-Del., in this week’s Democratic radio address. “Violence has come down, but the Iraqis have not come together.”
He later added, “There is little evidence the Iraqis will settle their differences peacefully any time soon.”
Note that The Mayor copied and pasted this from our good friends at The Democratic Underground. So it must be true.
But what a difference a year makes. Or maybe it has more to do with the new administration, because Sheriff Joe is now on the verge of declaring the Iraq war a victory!
STEPHANOPOULOS: Major milestone this week here in Iraq with the American troops pulling out of the cities. And I wonder if you can put the broader American mission in context. Are we in the process of securing victory or cutting our losses to come home?
BIDEN: Securing victory.
I know most of you are saying this is great news, America is on the verge of winning the Iraq war, but before you get too excited, Sheriff Joe, Diplomat Joe, VP Joe Biden cautions:
Vice President Biden warned Iraqi officials Friday that the American commitment to Iraq could end if the country again descended into ethnic and sectarian violence.
If “Iraq were to revert to sectarian violence or engage in ethnic violence, then that’s not something that would make it likely that we would remain engaged because, one, the American people would have no interest in doing that, and, as he put it, neither would he nor the president,” the official said.
If anyone else in the universe made a statement like that, I would think it would embolden the enemy to fight harder. I would have thought the enemy in Iraq would hear that statement and think, “If there’s ethnic violence the Americans will leave? Hmmmm, maybe we should engage in ethnic violence”. But it was Sheriff Joe Biden that uttered those strong words, so I’m sure America’s enemies are quaking in their sandals and wouldn’t dare push the envelope.
Anyone among us can pick a side and stick to it, but it takes a real progressive and nuanced thinker to declare the Iraq war a failure, then turn around and declare it a victory a year later, only to turn around again and declare America will cut and run if the enemy engages in violence. Whoa, stop turning around so much Sheriff Joe, you’re making me dizzy.
I can now see why Obama put this man in charge of Iraq policy, cuz Sheriff Joe Biden is on fire!