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Biden Vowed To Fight Any Surge In Iraq

[This is a reprise of an article S&L posted back on December 26th, 2006.]

From his fans at the DNC’s Associated Press:


Biden vows to fight any Iraq troop boost

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer

Sen. Joseph Biden, the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he will fight President Bush if the administration decides to send more U.S. troops to Iraq.

Biden, who has his eye on the Democratic presidential nomination, also warned that if congressional Republicans do not join him in speaking out against Bush that they — not Democrats — will suffer in the 2008 elections.

“I just think it’s the absolute wrong strategy,” Biden said Tuesday of an increase in troops…

In a conference call with reporters, Biden said the purpose of the hearings would be to generate a bipartisan consensus among lawmakers on Iraq and pressure the president to abandon any talk of surging U.S. forces into Baghdad.

“Even with the surge of troops, in a city of 6 million people you’re talking about a ratio that would still be roughly above one to 100,” Biden said. “It’s bound to draw down support that we need in other parts of Iraq, including Anbar province.”

Biden, taking advantage of the quiet holiday week to generate media attention by holding a telephone press conference and appearing on CBS’ “The Early Show,” said he thinks Republicans will have more to lose in 2008 than Democrats if the violence in Iraq continues and U.S. troops remain committed in such large numbers. There are currently an estimated 140,000 troops in Iraq.

“I think we’ll only have to accept responsibility for the war if we remain silent,” said Biden, who has spoken candidly of his desire to run for president and has made repeated visits in the past year to early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

Biden said he delivered this message in a recent meeting at the White House, where he told Bush: “Mr. President this is your war.”

Once again, thanks to November 7th, this idiot can no longer be laughed off for the fool that he is.

Now he’s going to be the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Hard Choices for America’s Future: Strategic Opportunities for a New Century

But we can’t seem to talk about what comes next without talking about Iraq. It’s obvious we must end the reign of Saddam Hussein. It would be unrealistic, if not downright foolish, to believe we can claim victory in the war on terrorism if Saddam is still in power.

– Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. in Remarks On Saddam Hussein At The Center For Strategic And International Studies Forum, Washington, D.C., February 4, 2002

And of course Mr. Biden voted for the War in Iraq.

That makes it your war too, Senator.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, August 23rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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