Our lovable Vice President Joe Biden talking to Larry King:
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 of 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.
I’m obviously blinded by my anti-Obama bias, because it’s not clear to me how this administration gets credit for Iraq.
I would say that the credit for that should go to President Bush, just like the credit / blame for deficits, the stimulus, the bailouts, and every struggle that our new President has to deal with right now. Didn’t President Obama run for president as an anti-war candidate? Why yes. Didn’t VP Biden propose that Iraq be divided up into three partitions to keep the peace there? Yes again. It takes an incredible amount of nerve for this administration to attempt this argument when President Obama has opposed the war from the beginning. But it could just be VP Biden talking out of school, as he is often prone to do…
Fair is fair. If everything previous to the Obama administration is Bush’s fault (and Iraq is part of that), then any success there should be credited not to President Obama, but to his predecessor.
Now, that said — if Iraq becomes a stable ally to the United States, and a useful partner in that dangerous region of the world, ultimately I don’t care who gets the credit. The end game is far more important to me than political points for Republicans or Democrats.