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Joe Biden Vows ‘Responsible’ Iraq Pullout

From a forgiving Associated Press:

U.S. Vice President-elect Joe Biden, left, meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, right, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, in this image released by the Iraqi Government.

Iraq official: Biden affirms ‘responsible’ pullout

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – Vice President-elect Joe Biden told Iraqi leaders Tuesday that the incoming U.S. administration is committed to a responsible troop withdrawal that does not endanger improvements in security, an Iraqi spokesman said.

Biden delivered the message in talks with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on the second day of his visit to Iraq, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told The Associated Press.

President-elect Barack Obama pledged during his election campaign to withdraw all American combat troops from Iraq within 16 months of taking office and shift the focus to Afghanistan to combat a resurgent Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants.

Since the November election, however, the U.S. and Iraq have signed a new security agreement that provides for all the more than 140,000 U.S. troops to leave by 2012, despite concerns among senior U.S. commanders that Iraqi forces might not be ready by then to ensure stability…

"He said that Obama is committed to withdraw but he wants the withdrawal to be a responsible one. Obama does not want to waste the security gains that have been achieved," al-Dabbagh said.

Biden and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham arrived in Baghdad on Monday after visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan. But Biden made no public comment about his meetings in the capital, leaving Iraqi officials to describe their meetings.

Biden gave assurances that the new administration will stick to the timetable in the agreement, Al-Dabbagh said…

The Iraqi spokesman also said Biden talked about the U.S. financial crisis and expressed support for Iraq’s efforts to build a democratic society from the rubble of the nearly 6-year war.

Biden also urged cooperation among the country’s religious and ethnic groups, the spokesman added…

Of course this is not quite what Mr. Obama promised during his campaign. Though it was we and others predicted.

Still, isn’t it wonderfully reassuring to know that Joe Biden, the human gaffe machine, is over in Iraq enunciating American foreign policy?

Mr. Biden is the personification of “irresponsible.”

Lest we forget, Mr. Biden is also the military expert who pronounced the Iraqi surge a complete failure.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Joe Biden Vows ‘Responsible’ Iraq Pullout”

  1. gipper says:

    This is all part of the shameless seamless transition.

  2. JohnMG says:

    SG; …..”Still, isn’t it wonderfully reassuring to know that Joe Biden, the human gaffe machine, is over in Iraq enunciating American foreign policy?….”

    This is probably the reason Biden is leaving Iraqi officials to describe their meetings. It’s also another way to weasel out of something that becomes unsavory in the way of foreign policy. You know, “I didn’t say that…’they’ are the ones that said that” types of denial.

    Always, per Obama, somebody else will be responsible for failures.

  3. proreason says:

    Even our media-selected idiots know that if we pull out entirely, the country will revert to barbarism in a few months.

    We will be in Iraq for decades, just like McCain said.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    You mean unlike the other “pullout” he had in mind?
    Grrrrr…….where is Piglosi? Shouldn’t she be there cutting a side deal with Iran? My God man, We’ve lost the war!!

  5. Confucius says:

    I’m sure glad we can have 1 president and 2 vice-presidents at a time.

  6. proreason says:

    Biden. Responsible. Bizzaro juxtaposition of words.

  7. Voice of Reason says:

    Too bad Joe’s dad didn’t discuss a responsible pull out with Joe’s mom way back when.

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