If we had a "Most Offensive Quote of the Day" every day, Joe Biden would probably come to own the prize. But even by the senator's lofty standards of chronic obtuseness, he outdid himself this afternoon:
"If John (McCain) wants to know where the bad guys live, come back with me to Afghanistan. We know where they reside. And it's not in Iraq."
I know Democrats get a certain tingling in their thighs when their politicos talk butch in such a manner. Still, this comment is so over the top, somewhere in America Wesley Clark is probably feeling much better about his public relations acumen. What's more, Biden's comment turns what ought to be a serious conversation about two vital foreign theatres into a juvenile schoolyard taunt.
I have a suggestion for the senator: Perhaps he could bring his newly benign assessment to our soldiers who are serving in Iraq and the veterans who have served there. It would surely come as a huge relief to our soldiers currently in Iraq that their work has suddenly become "bad guy free." Perhaps Biden should also share his crass bad-guy-appraisal with all of the Iraqis who have stood by us and who, like our soldiers, have given and still are giving so much for that nation's freedom.
We all understand that the Democrats have pivoted from Iraq-is-a-quagmire to Iraq-is-over, the better to pretend that Afghanistan has become their foreign policy obsession. Politics necessitates certain idiocies at times, and we are cognizant of this. But it would be nice if Senator Biden could perform his surrogate duties while maintaining an appropriate respect for our soldiers in Iraq and our Iraqi allies who continue to pursue a very dangerous line of work.
Actually, it would be even nicer if Barack Obama chose surrogates who didn't channel a rhetorical bull in a china shop who has just come down with a wicked case of Tourette Syndrome.