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September 09, 2007

Biden is "Dealing With" Sectarian Violence; I'm So Relieved

The AP has pre-game comments from Senators Graham, Specter, Biden, and Kerry ahead of General Petraeus' report on Iraq. The headline notes "Biden faults Petraeus' assessment", though it might have been more accurate to say "Biden ignores Petraeus' assessment."

Biden went on Meet the Press and had this to say:

The reality is that, although there has been some mild progress on the security front, there is, in fact, no real security in Baghdad or Anbar province, where I was dealing with the most serious problem, sectarian violence.

This is consistent with the Left's most recent tactic as they start to panic ahead of positive reports coming out of Iraq: portraying military progress as irrelevant.

Biden did distinguish himself from other Democratic Presidential candidates by noting that he would never vote to cut off troop funding. Talk of "dates certain", "benchmarks", and "cutting funding" are still being batted around by the Left as they frantically seek to end the Iraq War before more good news stiffens the spines of the wavering public. (Video is available at CrooksandLiars, but you'll have to suffer Biden's infantilisation of our military; he only refers to soldiers as "kids.")

That was Kerry's take. He continues to suggest that things would just work out if only we would set a date on which to cut and run.

Specter continues his disgraceful performance on Iraq:

As I've said in the past, unless we see some light at the end of the tunnel here, very closely examining what General Petraeus and others have to say, I think there's a general sense that there needs to be a new policy.

Someone should have mentioned that the troop surge was a change in policy. His remarks are not surprising, given that he was opposed to the surge from the beginning. He said in December that he was "inclined to support the conclusions" of the Iraq Study Group. Does he still agree given the group's latest report?


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