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Joe Biden update: Iraq one of Obama's 'great achievements'

Democrat Vice President Joe Biden with Larry King on CNN 2-10-10

Who knew?

Thank goodness, Vice President Joe Biden went on CNN to chat with Larry King Wednesday night. So many think things are not going so well for the Democrat administration, as The Ticket chronicled here.

Many Americans recall the ex-Sen. Biden's Democratic primary plans to give in to Iraq's fractious factions and carve the country into three territories. And even more probably recall Biden's boss' plan to halt the Iraq war years ago. As long as it got started anyway without the permission of the then state senator.

Plus, of course, the vehement opposition of the Nobel Prize winner to the 2007 American troop surge of you-know-who from Texas that Obama knew for certain was only going to worsen sectarian strife there. (See 2007 video here.)....

Well, of course, it didn't turn out that way, thanks in large measure to the brave service of hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops who served in that war-torn land and helped peace to break out despite the loud political acrimony back home over their role.

Now, the Obama-Biden pair that opposed the Iraq war and its tactics and predicted their failure is prepared to accept credit for its success.

It seems that Biden, who's from Delaware when he's in Delaware and Pennsylvania when in Pennsylvania, is certain now that Iraq will turn out to be one of the Obama-Biden administration's greatest achievements.

No, really.

Here's how Biden put it to Lar:

I am very optimistic about -- about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You're going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You're going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government. 

I spent -- I've been there 17 times now. I go about every two months -- three months. I know every one of the major players in all the segments of that society. It's impressed me. I've been impressed how they have been deciding to use the political process rather than guns to settle their differences.

Biden did not elaborate on what all the administration's other "great achievements" were so far.

No doubt, Iraqis too are very thankful for that 2008 U.S. election. (Full King transcript here.)

-- Andrew Malcolm

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It is amazing how every problem in our country is someone elses fault, and all the good is the direct result of the Obama administration.

I think its time we elected someone who actually puts the country first. If we don't we will have the comfort of knowing it was someone elses fault while the world falls apart.

I'm so glad Biden (and BO) saved the Iraqi people. Good thing they started that war and gave so many speeches in favor of it. Perhaps since he likes it so much over there he will stay there...and save the American people.

And the Civil War was one of Andrew Johnson's greatest achievements.

People know the real story. If it had been for these two buffoons, we would have pulled out of Iraq early and it would be a total mess now.
Biden= moron. He fits in well with this administration.
Nuff said.

I'm sure Barry is miffed that he wasn't named Super Bowl MVP.

possibly the dumbest human to hold office...

The fact that we have a delusional narcissist in the White House is once again validated by the attempt to credit Obama with the success of the Bush implemented "surge" in Iraq. A "surge" that Obama labored feverishly to defeat while he was in the Senate.
The greatest impediment to a Democrat Party mid-term course correction to avoid a certain 2010 electoral tidal wave is that their anointed "Standard Bearer" , Barack "ACORN" Obama , is narcissistic to the point of being delusional. An exceedingly dangerous characteristic to have in a President. In Obama's Marxist mindset, it's simply not plausible that his Socialist agenda is anathema to the American public; and, destructive to our economy. Perhaps not surprising when one scrutinizes Obama's past radical associations; and, complete lack of any familiarity with America's private sector. The latter being the reason that he constantly derides the concept of "profit", which of course is the initiator of free-enterprise job-creation. When listening to Obama reading a prepared text from his ubiquitous teleprompters, it's essential to ignore what Obama says, and to give very close scrutiny to what he actually does. Greg Neubeck

What, the silence from the left wing is deafening! Not to worry, Barack will manage somehow to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. There is still time to let Iran infiltrate Iraq and re-install terrorists to undermine Iraq's government. Perhaps Hamas could be enlisted to help.

i had to look up "chutzpah" in the dictionary to assure a good fit

Thank you Biden. Today started out bad. I laughed my head almost completely off on this tidbit.

I'M SPEECHLESS

Obama hasn't done anything in Iraq expect respin Bush's SOFA with the Iraqi's
All the actions taken have been do to the Bush's SOFA including the removal of troops from the cities, the turning over of security to the Iraqi's and the reduction of the total numbe of US troops.
Obama gets credit for not changing anything.
Good Job on that Mr.President.

This guy continues to redefine the term "Delusional".
The dems continue with their "listen to us but don't watch us....and what ever you do, don't think" strategy.

There is a reason why this administration has a credibility gap and another grotesque statement like this one only adds to the gap between what this administration says and what reality is. Is anyone even really listening anymore?

If you took all the worst things said about Dan Quayle, George Bush and Sara Palin and put them together in one narrative to describe someone, it would be inadaquate to describe the disaster that is Joe Biden.

Delusion doesn't even begin to describe this ...

This is how history, even recent history, is re-written. The Iraq drawdown plan is not even Obama's plan. He inherited it from the previous administration.

Unbelievable .... everything bad and not going well in this administration is Bush's fault. Everything good is obviously because of Obama's policies. They think we are idiots.

I guess we should expect them to take credit for WWII as well.

Geez, some people...

LOL This accomplishment is as true as when Algore invented the internet. What a bunch of loosers.
Everything that this administration has done to destroy our economy has been blamed on the past administration and everything that actually worked from the past administration this dim wit takes credit for.
I raise the BS flag to the very top of the flag pole!

Mark

At first, I had some hope for Biden. As time has gone on, I'm convinced that he is in need of serious psychological help. He is as bad as our eternal teenager who occupies the office of president. I wonder if Joe Biden did a lot of weed when he was a teenager. It results in arrested maturity at about the age of the abuse. The president has admitted that he was a youthful drug abuser, but Biden has said nothing about his youthful indiscretions. (Search "youthful drug abuse" at the NIH web site.)

Joe is Joe and as murky as HoBo joe.

Well, obviously they've stopped Global Warming too!

Bunch of idiots...........

Biden-speaks without thinking
Obama speaks cogently only when told to do so by a teleprompter
Palin reads notes off her palm.

No wonder we are in this MESS

Bunch of idiots.

He can't be serious... I was never a huge supporter of Bush, but everyone knows he (Bush) is the one that set the date for troop withdrawl from Iraq; so what is Biden talking about here?

Hey dummy. It was Bush's fault. Remember. Think your brain has been stuck in a snowdrift for too long.

This is the one man who's even dumber than Obama. Every day he opens his mouth the country cringes.

Joe Biden plaguerized his own resume a few years back, what is surprising about him stealing Bush's Iraq successes for Obama? The man is an idiot, but he's OUR idiot (unfortunately)

Delusional as usual!

I sometimes wonder whether they actually believe their own schtik, or are merely trying to appeal to the willfully ignorant.

Biden-

You and BO are a joke; a laughing stock. The only problem is no one is laughing due to the severe pain you are causing this great country.

No worries though. The salve will first be applied in 2010 and then the final cure in 2012.

Enjoy the ride while it lasts you joke.

Really, ummmm....NO-O-O. This administration (Note the lower case "A" because it does not rate capital letters.) has yet to have an achievement. Sign me: Praying We Make It to 2012.

Plugs were installed improperly. Too deep.

Oh wow, I can't even begin to break down the bold face lies and self-aggrandizement of Biden...oh wow, seriously...I'm speechless

Since your president has declared that he is a muslim, I feel sorry for him if a large terrorist attack happens in this country. He has mishandled everything that he has touched and that includes Iran. Bowing to a saudi so called king? obama just doesn't get it. How can you bow to a pig that has no human rights in his country and contributes money to terrorism. A certain sign of weakness that the muslim radicals will take advantage of. To have a muslim, socialist, progressive, communist president for the United States of America is beyond my belief!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, will the Obama administration give the Bush administration the credit it deserves for a successful Iraq? There is no way they can claim victory in Iraq after being in office for only a year. And especially because Obama has taken all his time and effort advocating health care reform and never mentioning Iraq.

HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA! What a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a child. How hard would it have been to be an adult instead, and say, "Look. We opposed this war and criticized how it was fought. But we are doing our best to bring the war to a responsible, lasting end, and HOW we do that will be one of our great achievements."

But no. Instead we get the child.

The absolute audactiy of Biden to attribute the success in Iraq to this administration! Obama and Biden have DONE NOTHING and only stood in the way of the success achieved by our great Warriors. People are sick and tired of these two and their over inflated self importance. The State of the Union Address by Obama was a disgrace, not one word of praise or thanks to our troops for their VICTORY IN IRAQ. This was a slap in the face of our troops and noticed by all.

Hey Obama and Joe, according to you two, we were all going to be melting by now and dead from the H1N1!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

What?

Disgusting. The surge is what helped lessen the violence in Iraq and the hard work of our men and women that are serving there. This is yet another example of how these fools are desperate to spin anything into positive points for themselves. Disgusting.

OMG,....Iraq, fake Global warming, non-stimulating stimulus, illegal takeovers of business, raising taxes during a recession that they caused...This administration and this congress could not be more out of touch with reality if they were overdosed on thorazine.

Joe who?

This is a first for this administration! Something is actually not Bushes fault. I still can't believe that so many people voted for these con-artists. They just lie and lie and lie, as if their own words and facts from ten minutes before never existed. But, as usual, the major media outlets will gloss this over once again for the smartest teleprompter reader we have ever had. (It's pronounced core Mr. Obama not corpse.)

I would certainly agree that Iraq is Obama's greatest achievement. It's too bad he did not avoid meddling with more Bush policies.

How's that Obama Depression treating you? Are you "Obama Depressed" (OD'd) like the rest of us.

Remember come November.

Y'know this jerk in the White House talked about transparency, well it's quite apparent and transparent that they are snakes, eels, a**holes and whatever other word that is low down when they are set to claim the credit for Iraq. They assume that the entire country is buying their "crap". Biden especially. He is the most stupid human being on this or any other planet in this or any univeerse. People ask "when are they going to wake up and start listening to the people?"
They can't wake up because they are brain dead along with their followers.
heaven help us.

Y'know this jerk in the White House talked about transparency, well it's quite apparent and transparent that they are snakes, eels, a**holes and whatever other word that is low down when they are set to claim the credit for Iraq. They assume that the entire country is buying their "crap". Biden especially. He is the most stupid human being on this or any other planet in this or any univeerse. People ask "when are they going to wake up and start listening to the people?"
They can't wake up because they are brain dead along with their followers.
heaven help us.

What a Bonehead!

Disgusting

And to think, this guy is just a heartbeat away from the presidency.

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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