John on February 11, 2010 at 8:39 am
I’m typing angry right now…
Back in January of 2007 when President Bush first proposed the surge in Iraq, Joe Biden had this to say:
“I believe the president’s strategy is not a solution,” Biden, a Delaware Democrat, said at a congressional hearing at which Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was to testify about Bush’s plan to send 21,500 more U.S. troops to Iraq.
“I believe it’s a tragic mistake,” Biden added. “So Secretary Rice, to be very blunt, I can’t in good conscience support the president’s approach.”
No mincing of words there. Here he is again in April of that same year:
Delaware Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D) said today that the Bush Administration’s surge strategy in Iraq is doomed to fail and criticized Army General David Petraeus for offering what he called an overly optimistic assessment of the situation on the ground.
But now that the surge worked, over his and Obama’s vocal opposition, here is what Joe has to say on CNN:
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.
Memo to Joe: You did nothing to make this possible. This “great achievement” happened in spite of your best efforts to prevent it. Fortunately, Joe, your best efforts don’t amount to much. The men who actually achieved something –George W. Bush, Gen. David Petraeus, and the soldiers who bravely fought and won the war –they consider you just one more (very small) obstacle they had to overcome on the path to victory. You’re a speed bump on the highway of history, Joe.
So when you take your next trip to Iraq and marvel at the change that has taken place, do try to remember that, if it had been up to you and your President and your party, none of this would be happening.
[HT: Ace for the LA Times link]