The other day, in Iraq, Joe Biden made the following statement:
“We’re not claiming victory,’’ he said. “What we’re claiming here is that we’ve done our job — ending the war we did not start, to end it in a responsible way, (and) to bring Americans home. (We want to) end bleeding both financially and physically that this war has caused, and to leave in place, the prospect of a trained military, a trained security force within democratic institutions. It’s not done yet, but there’s real hope.”
Max Boot responds:
What an amazing and appalling statement. Biden recognizes we have not yet won the war, that the job is “not done yet,” but we’re pulling out anyway. Why?
Because he and Obama want to “end [the] bleeding both financially and physically.” In fact, casualties of U.S. troops have been so low in recent months, troops would probably be in greater danger from training accidents, motorcycle accidents, excessive alcohol consumption, and other mishaps back home. The cost of stationing say 20,000 troops in Iraq–perhaps $20 billion a year–is hardly a gaping wound in a federal budget of a staggering $3.7 trillion that has been grotesquely bloated by this administration’s free-spending ways; it’s more like a rounding error.
But the most outrageous thing about this statement is Biden’s conceit that he and Obama are “ending the war we did not start.” Obama and Biden are the two most senior elected officials of the U.S. government. The U.S. government as a whole made a decision to intervene in Iraq, and it is the height of irresponsibility for one administration to think it can abandon with impunity the commitments made by its predecessor, whatever it may think of those commitments.
In this case, the irresponsibility of this statement is heightened by the fact that Biden himself was part of the majority in both Houses who voted to go to war.
Whole thing here.