Top of the Ticket’s Andrew Malcolm reports this morning on comments the allegedly “smarter” half of the O’Biden ticket made on CNN’s Larry King Live Wednesday night on the highs and lows of President Obama’s first year (via Memeorandum):
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, Obama’s vehement opposition 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.
The money quote from the transcript:
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.
Apparently, reinventing history isn’t just a tactic reserved for his boss.
I should note for the record that this is not the first time one the O’Bidens have either taken credit for the successes of the Iraq war or given it to fellow anti-war lefties. Then-VP candidate Joe Biden laughably claimed in September 2008 that:
“The fact of the matter is, the only thing succeeding in Iraq right now is the plan that Barack and I talked about that Petraeus is implementing … giving local control in the very areas with a limited central government.”
Much earlier that year, the man who would eventually become his boss proclaimed:
Now, I had no doubt — and I said at the time, when I opposed the surge, that given how wonderfully our troops perform, if we place 30,000 more troops in there, then we would see an improvement in the security situation and we would see a reduction in the violence. But understand, we started in 2006 with intolerable levels of violence and a dysfunctional government. We saw a spike in the violence, the surge reduced that violence, and we now are, two years later, back where we started two years ago. We have gone full circle at enormous cost to the American people.
What we have to do is to begin a phased redeployment to send a clear signal to the Iraqi government that we are not going to be there in perpetuity. Now, it will — we should be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in. I welcome the genuine reductions of violence that have taken place, although I would point out that much of that violence has been reduced because there was an agreement with tribes in Anbar province — Sunni tribes — who started to see, after the Democrats were elected in 2006, you know what, the Americans may be leaving soon, and we are going to be left very vulnerable to the Shi’as. We should start negotiating now. That’s how you change behavior.
Obviously, this dynamic duo were spinning fantasy into their own version of “reality” well before they officially became a cohesive unit in January 2009. And since then, they’ve turned inventing “truths” into an art form unlike any we’ve seen before in modern history, a true testament to their ability to deliberately lie to the American people without blinking an eye, all in an effort to make them believe that yes, the adults really are back in charge “again.” Hey, did you know that Barack Obama was the most bipartisan President evah? He’s “created or saved millions of jobs”! Not only that, but his administration is the most “open and accountable in history.” And lobbyists? They have “no influence” whatever on SuperBam.
I’m clicking my heels together as fast as I can, chanting “there’s no place like home” because right now, the socialistic “leadership” coming out of Washington, DC makes me feel like I’m not living in the country I’ve loved all my life. The lies, the spin, the deception, the phony “outstretched hand” symbolic gestures are getting to be too much to stomach. None of this is more true than on the issue of the Iraq war, where both Obama and Biden’s mutual history of opposition should not be whitewashed, nor should they be allowed to get away with taking the credit for the success of a surge they opposed. Take it away, Betsy Newmark:
In the fantasy world in which Joe Biden, and perhaps Barack Obama, are the stars of a saga of heroic battles for peace, justice and some other stuff like that what has happened in Iraq is a credit to “this administration.”
How about the previous administration whose policies in Iraq Biden and Barack Obama had endlessly criticized and voted against. They both opposed the surge that brought about the situation that Biden now wants to take credit for. And Biden’s big proposal was his dopey idea to divide Iraq into three separate territories. And if Obama had had his way, we would have pulled our troops out of there before Bush’s administration was even over. The only credit that “this administration” deserves is for not messing too much with the much improved situation that Bush fought to bring to Iraq.
And isn’t it interesting how as their domestic agenda continues to prove on a daily basis to be a disaster, they increasingly blame it on what they allegedly “inherited from Bush” but on the other hand on the issue of the Iraq war, which they did “inherit” from Bush, they turn around and try to steal the credit for accomplishments that began on his watch – accomplishments that happened in spite of their Iraq war opposition while they were in the Senate, and while they were running to take his place? Apparently “blaming Bush” is only acceptable when this administration can’t explain away it’s failures. Their “successes,” on the other hand, are a different story altogether.
Can’t make this stuff up, folks.
- 5/12/09 – Vindication for Gen. David Petraeus as Obama’s Afghanistan strategy will mirror Iraq surge strategy
- 2/27/09 – When will Obama thank Bush? When will Obama admit he was wrong about the surge?
- 7/21/08 – (ABC News) Obama still opposes surge, in spite of the rapid downturn in violence
- 2/14/08 – Why doesn’t Senator Barack Obama want to help the people of Iraq?
- 9/26/07 – (Swamp Politics) Biden’s 3-state Iraq plan sweeps Senate
- 7/21/07 – Candidate Obama: Genocide in Iraq is not worth keeping US forces there
- 2/14/07 – Memo to Senator Obama on “wasted” troop deaths in Iraq