Biden attempts to provide missing enthusiasm while Obama is out
Biden is “at bat” again – on Iraq and Afghanistan
While the President is vacationing and Hillary Clinton is…where is Hillary Clinton?…and Robert Gates is retooling the Department of Defense, Vice President Joe Biden has emerged again to explain things to those of us who need some explanation and those who are the audience of the willing.
“Iraqis are ready to take charge.” Biden
Well, I hope so. It is their country. They had an election nearly six months ago and apparently have two Presidents. It is sort of like the British system only the shadow cabinet is a creeping shadow cabinet, closing in on the marginal victor.
The American military has done what it can to assist the Iraqi military “stand up.” I think the Iraqis might have created such an environment that the al Qaeda was defeated by boredom. I don’t know.
After many years of fighting in Afghanistan and in the waning moments of our presence, Biden says at last we have the right strategy and the right leaders to win this thing. The end is near. Hoorah!
Maybe the Vice President would like to job share with Mrs. Clinton so she can decide whether to run for President in 2012, or to serve as Barack’s Vice President leaving the State Department to the Ambassador of Enthusiasm, Joe Biden.
“Biden: Iraqis Ready to 'Take Charge' as U.S. Forces Withdraw
Published August 23, 2010
Vice President Biden, declaring Monday that Al Qaeda in Iraq and its extremist allies have "utterly failed" to inflame widespread violence, said Iraqis are ready to "take charge" of their country as U.S. combat troops leave.
Despite concerns about a political impasse in the country, the vice president said he's "confident" the leaders will resolve their differences. In an address marking the final drawdown of U.S. combat troops, he said the U.S. military has made "extraordinary progress" and is taking a "major step" this month.
To those who warned that the drawdown would open the door for destabilizing violence, Biden said: "They were wrong, because the Iraqis are ready to take charge."
The vice president used the speech to both address the progress in Iraq while rallying support for the remaining military mission in Afghanistan, where Gen. David Petraeus recently took charge amid a troop buildup. "Don't buy into, 'We have failed in Afghanistan,'" Biden said. "We now are only beginning with the right general and the right number of forces."
With regard to Iraq, Biden pledged a resolution to the ongoing political dispute over the March 7 elections. He said the political parties of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and former Premier Ayad Allawi must form the "nucleus" of the next government, complete with a formal written agreement on power-sharing.
"It's time for them to match the courage of their citizens by completing this process," Biden said. "I'm absolutely confident that Iraq will form a national unity government that will be able to sustain that country."”