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2/11/2010

Quote of the Day

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 4:00 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

Vice President Joe Biden:

“On Larry King Live last night, Vice President Joe Biden said Iraq “could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You’re going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government.”

Asked to comment on Biden’s statement, Press Secretary Gibbs responded:

Gibbs said the achievement was “putting what was broken back together and getting our troops home, which we intend to do in August of this year.”

A reporter pointed out that the Status of Forces Agreement to bring troops home was signed before the president took office.

Gibbs called that agreement “something I think that the political pressure that the president, as a then-candidate, helped to bring about.”

Liberals continue their quest to revise history, one day at a time. The success of Iraq isn’t that American troops are leaving, it’s that America is leaving Iraq a free nation.

— DRJ

55 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. It will be OUR job to ensure that the history of Iraq and the surge is remembered and that his pisswillies NEVER co-opt it! If Obama and Biden had their way the troops would have left, millions would be dead and it truly would have become the second Vietnam.

    Jaded (1f19fe)

  2. Senator Harry Reid, when asked whether the war in Iraq was still lost, had no comment.

    Some chump (d97978)

  3. That’s quite a stretch! One would almost have to admire the audacity and the hope that the claim wouldn’t leave all of those who know better retching in the street.

    Shameless.

    GeneralMalaise (4d34a1)

  4. F*cking liars are going to take credit for Bush’s work in Iraq. Work he did DESPITE Biden and Obama attempting to sabotage him at every stage. F*cking slimebags.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  5. That’s business as usual for them, SPQR. Remember, they also tried to take credit for Reagan’s defeat of the USSR also.

    peedoffamerican (44a207)

  6. I hope the GOP hangs this around their necks later this year – just in time for the elections.

    Dmac (799abd)

  7. Joe Biden is right.
    Iraq “could be one of the great achievements of this administration.” They had every chance to screw up the whole thing, but some how managed not to.

    Neo (7830e6)

  8. Glenn Reynolds says it with better language than I can employ in this matter: “But Obama’s about as much the father of this victory as Andrew Young was of Rielle Hunter’s baby . . . .

    SPQR (26be8b)

  9. “They had every chance to screw up the whole thing, but some how managed not to.”

    This would indeed make it their greatest accomplishment. What’s the fuss?

    plep (6d0c48)

  10. Leaving it a free nation?

    31616 US Service Members wounded
    4376 US Soldiers Killed
    Estimates of close to 800,000 Iraqi’s Killed
    4+million refugees
    3 Trillion Dollar War(Cost alone to the US)
    And tons upon tons of depleted uranium with a shelf life of 4 1/2 billion years

    Lets give Bush credit where credit is do

    Shortbus (c73d25)

  11. Odd… Bush gets blamed for Obama’s increased spending and Obama’s dithering in Afghanistan, but no credit for Iraq.

    If Biden and Barack had their way when Bush was calling the shots, there would have never been a surge and Iraq (as per Biden’s idea) would have been divided into three chaotic nations. They were both impediments to success in Iraq from the start and they should be ashamed for attempting to take ANY kind of credit for preventing Iraq from becoming a second Vietnam. To paraphrase Joe Wilson, “They LIE!”

    StickeeNotes (d2253a)

  12. Shortbus, the depleted uranium comment seems to be a capper on a list of silly comments.

    Oh, and Shortbus, 3 trillion seems easy for Obama to waste in quite a bit less time than Bush ever accomplished.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  13. Gibbs called that agreement “something I think that the political pressure that the president, as a then-candidate, helped to bring about.”

    Why couldn’t someone tenaciously and aggressively persist in questioning Mr. Gibbs – the Master of Obfuscation – repeatedly and shamelessly:

    “How, Mr. Gibbs, exactly *how* did candidate Obama help to bring this about. Be very specific.”

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  14. “Leaving it a free nation?

    31616 US Service Members wounded
    4376 US Soldiers Killed
    Estimates of close to 800,000 Iraqi’s Killed
    4+million refugees
    3 Trillion Dollar War(Cost alone to the US)
    And tons upon tons of depleted uranium with a shelf life of 4 1/2 billion years”

    Oh, good… another whacked-out lefty.

    GeneralMalaise (4d34a1)

  15. Liberals continue their quest to revise history

    Maybe.

    But Obama specifically has a robust history of taking credit away from others to benefit himself.

    JD (694aa2)

  16. whacked-out lefty

    that’s redundant. at least the moniker “Shortbus” is both appropriate and self-identifying….

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  17. This is the same Joe Biden whose master plan was to divide Iraq in to three parcels, if I recall correctly…

    Gazzer (583345)

  18. you’ll notice he *still* didn’t use the term “victory” or “victorious”……

    what’s funny is that these scumbags *have* to claim this, as everything else they’ve done has been an abject and utter failure, except for their plan to wreck this country and its economy: that’s rolling right along, for the most part.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  19. It is apparent that minibus doesn’t know the meaning of the word “depleted”.

    AD - RtR/OS! (011035)

  20. He might also look up “stabilloy”.

    AD - RtR/OS! (011035)

  21. So, where are the libtard trolls? A trail of dead fish like this doesn’t attract them?

    I wish I could say I am sorry for posting this…but I am not. I want to read some cretinous troll try to rewrite this history.

    just sayin’, ya know.

    iconoclast (4a423f)

  22. On Iraq:

    “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse,”

    -Senator Obama, (January 10, 2007) explaining why he is smarter than our nation’s Generals and Combat Veterans.

    “Even those who support the escalation have acknowledged that 20,000, 30,000, even 40,000 more troops placed temporarily in places like Baghdad are not going to make a long-term difference,”

    -Senator Obama (March 19, 2007), demonstrating his grasp of warfare and his ability to make critical judgments via the strawman fallacy.

    “Finally, in 2006-2007, we started to see that, even after an election, George Bush continued to want to pursue a course that didn’t withdraw troops from Iraq but actually doubled them and initiated a surge and at that stage I said very clearly, not only have we not seen improvements, but we’re actually worsening, potentially, a situation there.”

    -Senator Obama (November 11, 2007) Lecturing Americans that surrender is better than pursing victory and simultaneously showing his incredible genius and psychic ability (also demonstrating his class when referring to Mr. Bush as President Bush).

    On Afghanistan:

    “We’ve to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we’re not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there.”

    Then candidate, now President Obama (August 14, 2007) — not retracted.

    Upon request for up to 60,000 more troops, the President decides he is smarter than his commanders and approves 30,000.

    Pons Asinorum (f6829b)

  23. after more than one year of witnessing the awesomeness of TheWon and his coterie of savants the only question that arises is…..

    who are these douchenozzles? And why does anyone have to know the answer to this question?

    iconoclast (4a423f)

  24. AD, well indeed, depleted uranium is nothing more than natural uranium with the tiny fraction of U235 isotope removed. Ie., the “leftover” from enrichment. While it is technically radioactive, the half-life of U238 is so great that its only technically so. And that’s why the fright about depleted uranium is as much a fraud as the Lancet pieces on Iraqi civilian deaths.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  25. It’s not surprising since Biden does have a defective brain. Much of it was removed during various operations.

    I was screaming at the Republicans to demand a cat scan of Biden’s brain after he was picked as VP. McCain wouldn’t even bring the subject up.

    j curtis (5126e4)

  26. “I was screaming at the Republicans to demand a cat scan of Biden’s brain after he was picked as VP.”

    9 out of 10 cats prefer tuna. Much more nutritious.

    But seriously, researchers have long been after Slow Joe to donate his brain upon his death. They want to study the organic changes that occur in the human brain after decades of limited electrical activity.

    GeneralMalaise (4d34a1)

  27. Comment by SPQR — 2/11/2010 @ 6:30 pm

    And Stabilloy (a fancy, less offensive term for DU) has become the medium of choice for racing yacht designers when specifing ballast material, as it is denser than lead, allowing the same weight of material in a smaller space, with the mass located closer to the bottom of the keel.

    AD - RtR/OS! (011035)

  28. Another prophecy fulfilled!

    “And lo, in Mesopotamia, a miracle occurred. Even though the Great Surge of Armour that the evil Bush had ordered had been a terrible mistake, a waste of vital military resources and doomed to end in disaster, the Child’s very presence suddenly brought forth a great victory for the forces of the light.”

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (9eb641)

  29. This is insane! Bush was blamed for the 4000 who died. Is Obama now going to take responsibility for those? If he thinks he can be the one who brought victory, than he needs to go to the families of the dead also. These people are spineless and disgusting. I never thought I would be ashamed to be an American. God help us!

    Bruce (ca0638)

  30. I was against winning the war, before I was for winning the war!

    HeavenSent (ae267e)

  31. “The problem with Obama’s new hedging on taxing those who make below $250,000, or his administration’s taking credit for victory in the Iraq war that they so once fervently tried to abort, or the flip-flop on renditions and tribunals, or the embarrassments over closing Guantanamo and trying KSM in New York or Mirandizing the Christmas Day bomber,or trashing/praising Wall Street grandees, is not that presidents cannot change their minds as circumstances warrant, or even that all politicians are at times hypocritical. No, the rub is that Obama is not merely flipping and triangulating on issues in a desperate attempt to shadow the polls, but he is doing so on matters that he once swore were absolutely central to his entire candidacy and his signature hope-and-change agenda, critical to the future of the U.S., and proof of his opponents’ either ignorance or disingenuousness.”

    – Victor Davis Hanson

    GeneralMalaise (4d34a1)

  32. I think you’re all taking what Biden said out of context. He went on to say he invented the question mark, makes the Sun rise and set, and wants his apple sauce. The poor old bastard is clearly off his meds. I’m just wondering who credited Obama first so Biden could plagiarize him.

    ChicagoJedi (884039)

  33. I blame SloeJoe’s dermatologist, who obviously didn’t work fast enough in putting those plugs into place, allowing what little smarts Joe had previously to drain out.

    AD - RtR/OS! (011035)

  34. They have absolutely no shame. None.

    JD (a79cd7)

  35. They are claiming credit for something that not only did they not do, but they also actively opposed and campaigned against all of the steps that led to where we are today.

    JD (a79cd7)

  36. Wow, I wish I could nail things like Victor Davis Hanson nails Obama.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  37. They have absolutely no shame. None.

    Yep. While Biden can be forgiven for simply not being altogether there (does anyone take him seriously??), Gibbs is just one deviously manipulative person.

    I was against winning the war, before I was for winning the war!

    …but only until circumstances demand he flip-flop that…again.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  38. I don’t know which is better, SPQR — the way VDH writes or the way he thinks.

    DRJ (6a8003)

  39. DRJ, I am always in awe. I never read a VDH piece without saying “Wow, I wish I wrote that”.

    I’m a fan of his stuff on history – both ancient and modern – too, recently finished his book on the Peloponnesian War.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  40. Just remember, history is not written by the sorry likes of you or me.

    History will write that Iraq was not won by the blood and sacrifice of 4,000 dead and thousands other wounded, but instead it will write that their brethren were rescued from certain failure by an enlightened electorate.

    Shortbus and his fellow window-lickers are writing history. We’re just along for the ride.

    Ag80 (f67beb)

  41. No, Ag80, they’ll try and fail to so rewrite.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  42. SPQR:

    I hope you’re right, but I only have history (heh) to rely on. Ask anyone under 30 about Ronald Reagan.

    On the off-chance they know who he is, I’m sure they will give you an earful about how he destroyed the nation.

    Ag80 (f67beb)

  43. When are you history challenged wingnuts going to accept that Bush let Hezbolah back into Lebanon after Clinton kicked them out and Obama won Iraq? It’s science! I mean history. Same same.

    And even I can see that shortbus is satire.

    The Corpseman of Oreon (3cae6a)

  44. Clinton didn’t kick Hezbolah out of Lebanon, Biden did that. He said so.

    “When we kicked — along with France, we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon, I said, and Barack said, ‘Move NATO forces in there. Fill the vacuum, because if you don’t know — if you don’t, Hezbollah will control it.”

    Biden AND Teh Won. Because if you are rewriting history, you may as well go all out.

    Vivian Louise (643333)

  45. #41 & 42, SPQR & Ag80: History is the battlefront of the ideological war that we are fighting, and our side seems to be losing.

    Unless and until we can take control of the presentation of our history, current and future generations will be consigned to the Marxist hellholes that our grand experiment in liberty here avoided.

    Most succinctly, the battle is to determine whether human rights and individual liberty are to be the order of the day, or whether we give in to mob rule.

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  46. @42 My daughter was taught all that at U of Arizona along with a lot of other fake history. THe last day of her English composition class, when they were supposed to be reviewing for the final, the instructor, an English grad student, spent the whole hour on a rant about Reagan, how he was only an actor saying lines others wrote for him. It sounded more like Obama, actually.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  47. Mike K… David Horowitz has written quite a bit about the leftist takeover of our K-12, colleges and universities. Lefties knew that the previous generations of the American people (still above ground) would never accept their agenda or their principles at face value. So, in the late 60’s, they set about to infiltrate our educational system to gain access to the minds of the coming generations of American youth. Thus began the brainwashing.

    This, coupled with judicial activism and environmentalism, is the path they chose to re-educate the masses and lay the groundwork for seizing power.

    GeneralMalaise (4d34a1)

  48. #47 +1,000,000,000,000,000,000…….

    J. Raymond Wright (d83ab3)

  49. “Jim Geraghty reviews some of the responses to Joe Biden’s assertion that Iraq is one of the great achievements of the Obama administration.

    Most of the commentators, including Rush, are astounded. But relatively speaking, the administration’s achievement is no more astounding than Bull Connor’s passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Krushchev’s reunification of Germany, or Jefferson Davis’s preservation of the Union.

    Consequently, a bit of perspective is in order.”

    http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NTcyYTIxY2EwNTc3MzU0MzkwZmMxYTcyY2NhZWNiYjA=

    GeneralMalaise (4d34a1)

  50. I believe that if the Obama/Biden administration is so feckless that they would eliminate the CIA’s Interrogation Program, it is almost a certainty that this country will be rocked by an attack that will make 9/11 pale in comparison.

    Note Lawrence O’Donnell, the loud-mouthed gift that keeps on giving…

    Part 1:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtsP_CeEAPY

    Part 2:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QORL-0Qavg

    GeneralMalaise (4d34a1)

  51. General – could you summarize what Larry said? Cannot do video on the crackberry today fro some reason.

    JD (e4e95a)

  52. Yes, JD… in character, he blamed Bush. No discussion of the topic at hand. His behavior during the first segment spurred Scarborough to cut to commercial.

    After some cracks about someone being off his meds on the return from break (and after securing a pledge from Larry O. that he’d behave himself), the second segment was at least quiet enough to allow Marc Theissen to make his argument and even allowed a few seconds of typical blather from know-nothing Donny Deutchebag.

    GeneralMalaise (4d34a1)

  53. There is some suspicion that O’Donnell’s rant was a setup. Apparently, during the break he laughed and said “That’s what I do best.”

    Mike K (2cf494)

  54. I’ll never forget the way he treated and spoke to Cathy Seipp. The son of a putana.

    GeneralMalaise (4d34a1)


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