Sunday, January 28, 2007

Biden: Bush's Failed Policy Emboldens Enemy

Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, appeared on ABC's This Week this morning and made some strong statements about the Bush-McCain Doctrine of escalating the Iraq war and started with the notion that opponents of that policy are helping America's enemies.

"It's not the American people or the U.S. Congress who are emboldening the enemy," said Biden to host George Stephanopoulos. "It's the failed policy of this president — going to war without a strategy, going to war prematurely, going to war without enough troops, going to war without enough equipment and lastly, he's now sending 17,500 people into a city with six and a half million people with bull's-eyes on their backs with no plan."

Biden also predicted that George W. Bush will ultimately have very little support in the Senate, saying that when a full debate actually happens "I will make you a bet, you will not find 20 percent of the Senate standing up and saying the president is headed in the right direction."

And, when talking about Iran and the chances of Bush being able to unilaterally invade that country, Biden said that, with Bush down to zero credibility, the chances of that are slim and none.

"To take military action against Iran, he needs authority to do that. Look, this president -- as my mother world say 'God love him' -- has no credibility," said Biden. "He exaggerated the rationale for going to war with Iraq. He exaggerated the intelligence, the vice president of the United States was a party to that as we're seeing right now in the trial of Scooter Libby. And the problem is, there's not a lot of trust in the administration's assessment about what is going on."

It's good to finally see the gloves come off on the Democratic side of the aisle, isn't it?

You can see the full video of Biden, appearing with Richard Lugar (R-IN), at ABC News.