Joe Biden Is the Bomb

In Spencer Ackerman’s words, Biden “punked” Ryan Crocker by forcing him to renounce Bush-Cheney Holy Writ about where the U.S. should be fighting Al Qaeda:

There was once a blog called Joe Biden Is Thugged Out. (I swear this is true.) Biden just proved why. He asked Ryan Crocker, who used to be ambassador to Pakistan, whether it would be better for U.S. interests to go after Al Qaeda on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border or Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Crocker, in an impossible political position — give the correct answer and humiliate the Bush administration; give the administration’s answer and look like a fool — dodged as much as he could. Then Biden forced him down. Crocker: “I would therefore pick Al Qaeda on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.”

Think Progress has the video.

There goes the Bush administration’s entire rationale for being in Iraq, smashed to smithereens.

Every single argument that the Administration and their lapdogs like John McCain have made or are making break down after that answer. The Ambassdor to Iraq just admitted that Iraq is not the central front in the war on terror. He just admitted that the potential for Al Qaeda to gain a beachhead in Iraq should the United States withdraw is miniscule compared to the already-established beachhead along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. He admitted that the global fight against terror is currently misdirected.

Here is the icing on the cake:

Biden to Crocker on the impending long-term U.S.-Iraq security deal: “You need to do much more than inform congress, you need permission from Congress if you’re going to bind the next president.” Hart 214 broke out in applause, and then Biden silenced it.

There is light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.

2 Responses to “Joe Biden Is the Bomb”

  1. matttbastard says:

    No cookies for Joe – even if he knows how to preen for the cameras and drop a cute applause line at just the right moment, he’s still part of the problem:

    BIDEN: Based on what you’ve said, there’s really no hope, is there? We should really get the hell out of there right now, right? There’s nothing to do.

    ROSEN: As a journalist, I’m uncomfortable advising an imperialist power about how to be a more efficient imperialist power. I don’t think we’re there for the interests of the Iraqi people. I don’t that’s ever been a motivation. However, I have mixed emotions on that issue. Many of my Sunni friends, beginning about a year ago, many of them who are opposed to the Americans, who supported attacking American troops in Iraq, began to grow really nervous at the idea of the Americans leaving Iraq because they knew they would be massacred. It could be Rwanda the day the Americans leave. The creation of these Sunni militias, the Awakening groups, militates against that kind of a massacre of civilians occurring because now there are actually Sunni safe zones…But I do believe that if Americans were to withdraw you’d seen an increase in violence at least temporarily, until some sort of equilibrium is reached—

    BIDEN: But the good news is we wouldn’t be imperialist anymore in Iraq, from your perspective.

    ROSEN: (smiling widely) Only elsewhere in the region.

    BIDEN: Only elsewhere in the region. I’m sure glad we invited you, I tell you. [Bloviates for ninety seconds, then turns to other witnesses.] Gentlemen, to the non-imperialist side of the witness stand…

    Oh noes, Rosen spoke truth to power! How rude!

  2. matttbastard says:

    (Still, was nice to see Crocker sweat. đŸ˜‰ )

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