“I think America wins,” Biden told POLITICO in an end-of-trip interview at the ambassador’s residence in the sprawling U.S. Embassy complex. “I sound corny, but I think America gets credit here in the region. And I think everybody gets credit, from George Bush to [President Obama].Despite the statesman-like rhetoric, with violence increasing and problems persisting on the formation of a new government Biden's comments seem to leave a lot of skin on Obama's political hide going forward.
Questions: can the administration back away from Iraq as scheduled if it's descending back into chaos with Biden's comments floating forever in cyberspace? If AQ proxies start flowing back in will it be OK to ignore their Iraqi wing while maintaining the pressure on the Afghanistan/Pockeston wing? Will the press allow that to make any sense, especially when Obama claimed he'd leave a strike force in Iraq to handle AQ?
Ah well. Biden is certainly correct that success or failure in the region will be shared by all Americans. That was true in 1991, 1998, 2003, and now. Too bad it wasn't obvious all along but it's never too late for teachable moments.
Just don't mess with Joe!