Via Jim Hoft, the vice president told Larry King Wednesday night that a stable government in Iraq could be one of the "great achievements" of the Obama administration:
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.
Hoft recalls that in 2007, Biden's fellow Democratic presidential candidate and Iraq-surge opponent Barack Obama said: "The United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there."