Obama, Biden and Iraq: Profiles In Perseverence

Whatever else we may say about the Administration, at least they held the line on Iraq. 

When then-Senator Joe Biden had the opportunity to call for a withdrawal, and for the partition of Iraq into three states, thank goodness he held the line. 

When then-Senator Obama had the option to vote with the rest of his party against the war, thank heavens Obama’s wisdom caused him to look past short-term polling and vote for perseverence.

And when the time came to fish or cut bait with the 2006 troop surge to exploit the newfound successes of the “Anbar Awakening”, thank the good Lord that Barack Obama and Joe Biden bet long and supported Gen. Petraeus’ plans and the efforts of our troops.

All that perseverence paid off during the 2008 Presidential Campaign, when both Obama and Biden bucked the left’s base and demanded resolution and perseverence in Iraq, that our sacrifices and those of the Iraqi people would not be in vain.

And so thank you, Vice President Biden.  Your claiming of credit on Larry King last night was so well-earned…

…I’m sorry. I can’t keep a straight face anymore.  I’m lying.

But then, so was Vice President Biden, when he actually claimed credit for the Administration on its stance in Iraq. 

Andrew Malcolm in the LATimes:

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.

There’s your Hope and Change; Biden hopes you don’t notice he’s changed history.

Cross-posted at Shot In The Dark.