August 23rd, 2010
11:52 AM ET
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Biden predicts successful Iraqi political future

Vice President Joe Biden on Monday predicted a successful formation of a new unity government in Baghdad.
Vice President Joe Biden on Monday predicted a successful formation of a new unity government in Baghdad.

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden delivered an optimistic assessment of the political situation in Iraq on Monday, predicting the successful formation of a new unity government in Baghdad and declaring that attempts by al Qaeda to inflame sectarian tensions have "utterly failed."

Biden also dismissed the impact of alleged Iranian attempts to manipulate and control the Iraqi political process. He declared Iranian influence in Iraq to be "minimal" and "greatly exaggerated."

He asserted that the overall level of violence in Iraq has now declined to the point that some early U.S. veterans of the conflict "would not recognize" the country today. The roughly 650,000-member Iraq security force is "already leading the way to defend and protect [the] country," he said.

The vice president's remarks, delivered at a gathering of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Indianapolis, Indiana, came a little over a week before the August 31 deadline for the conclusion of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq.

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  1. Peter

    Remains to be seen. Once (if) the final 50 thousand troops pull there is a good chance chaos will prevail in the country and eventually another Strong Man like Saddam will step into power and stabalize things. In other words chances are excellent that the US efforts did not work but at least the Industrial Military Complex is still alive and well. Too bad about all the troops that died but thats just the price of doing business I suppose.

    August 23, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Gar

    I kind of like Joe Biden personally, but he's such a dope. We have so many talented people around, how did he get picked to be VP?

    August 23, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Independent

    Biden could not forecast what color socks he is going to put on tomorrow.

    Biden forecasts

    "The Iraq surge will never work"
    "We will have 5 million new jobs added in Obama's first year"

    "{candidate] Obama is not ready to be President" Gee he got one right.

    August 23, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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