August 23rd, 2010
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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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I hope you're right Mr. Vice President. Maybe now that combat troops are out of Iraq, that will let the light bulbs in Iraq's leaders heads go off. They now have to take control of their country. I hate commenting on Iraq because it's a war we should have NEVER been involved in. But since we are, I'm just glad to see my fellow brethren coming home.

    August 23, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. terry,va

    And he was absolutely confident that Iraq should be split into 3 countries and was against the surge like Obummie. The surge made the withdrawal possible. I can't believe that he or Obummie can take credit.

    Anyone with the brain of a bird knows they were handed this victory and any one with the brain of a bird knows these 2 fools own the economy. It is disgusting that they take credit for something they didn't do and blame others for destroying our economy with their socialists policies.

    August 23, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. steve, nc

    Isn't this the same guy who stated that the unemployment would not exceed 8%?

    August 23, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Dave

    Is Biden/Obama seriously going to try to take credit for Iraq after being critical every step of the way, including during the surge period? Thankfully, Americans are more engaged today than ever before in my lifetime. They see right through this charade.

    This administration is completely tone deaf. It's one thing to make tough decisions that sometimes aren't popular. It's quite another to totally disregard the will of the American people. Obama has done this time and time again. Let's get these bums out in November – we need a new pro-business agenda that will get this country working again.

    August 23, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Given Biden's track record, that does not sound to hopeful. That is something to contemplate while I sit here enjoying the "summer of prosperity" he proclaimed. It is funny how he and the inept, corrupt, slimeball, union toady president are proclaiming "their" victory in Iraq. We know full well, if it goes south, it will be Bush's fault.

    August 23, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. jim

    I can't believe anything this man says with some of the ridiculous comments he's made in the past.Both he and Obama had nothing to do with the troops coming home but they want to take credit for something that was decided before they came to power.

    August 23, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Orlando Patriot

    Thanks to the foresight of our previous president George W. Bush. Funny how the ONLY thing that appears to be going right for the Obama administration is Iraq which Obama didn't even support the surge. Now the surge is proven to have worked and NOW Obama can not only bring our troops home but bring them home with victory and not defeat. If Obama would have had HIS way 4 years ago we would have failed. Funny how Obama has failed at everything else and the ONLY success under his administration was due to George W. Bush. Obama is such a failure and disgrace George W. Bush is his only saving grace.That makes me roll on the floor with laughter!!!

    August 23, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    I think Bush has a Mission Accomplished banner you can borrow.

    It is a lie that the trrops are gone. There are 1000's remaining that can kill if "provoked" including fighting special forces that will be actively killing people.

    Why are Obama's lies better than Bush's? I know – how about a president the doesn't lie? sorry – what was I thinking.....

    August 23, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Rush Goebbels

    Without fifty thousand troops to keep the peace,this would just be another Vietnam,another useless country unless your a swift boater thats making billions in slave labor there.

    August 23, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. James

    Here Here

    Let the REVOLUTIONJ BEGIN.

    The sooner the better and the sooner we can get out of the ERA OF CORRUPTION.

    80% of Society no longers believes what the Media is reporting, according to the latest Gallup Poll taken Nation Wide.

    It is time to March on Washington by the millions and shut the City and Government down bring it to it's knees.

    This Government is as corrupt as the Corporations that own it.

    VIVA LA REVOLUTION

    August 23, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Beck

    The gaffe master wanted to break Iraq into three pieces so this is a real vote of confidence.

    August 23, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. bl

    February of this year VP Biden said Iraq "Could Be One of the Great Achievements of This Administration"

    Biteme and Pres Barry are in a crisis mode and need to take credit for something.

    We could all just sing..
    "Mmm, mmmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama/ ....mmm, mmmm, mmm, Barak Hussein Obama..."

    August 23, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Since Biden has been wrong about every prediction he's made in the past 30 years, this is a worrisome development.

    August 23, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. bl

    We will all remember that Senator Biden and his wise insight on the senate foreign-relations committee was to split Iraq up into three countries back in 2007... Now it's 2010, three years what a difference (oh yeah there was that surge vote)
    Biden and Pres Barry voted against Bush's Iraq surge before they were for it... kind of like Sen Kerry (he served in Vietnam) and his famous quote.

    August 23, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Rush Goebbels

    SO,I will take Biden anyday over that lowlife Cheney.

    August 23, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Bill in CA.

    Oh what a terrible web we spin...

    August 23, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    There will be a bloody mess in the power struggle that will inevitably follow. That was the curse of invading Iraq in the first place. Like the soviets found in Yugoslavia, no matter how long you leave troops there, when you pull out, blood will follow.

    We never should have gotten entangled in the Middle East.

    August 23, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. mj

    Biden couldn't predict what number comes after 1. It was NOT Obama's order to withdraw the troops, but you can bet he will take credit for it. Only good thing to happen in his Presidency, yet not at all his doing. Do hope they have a time-delay on Biden's speech. Sure would hate to hear "Potty-Mouth" say something stupid. Gosh, that is an oxymoron.

    August 23, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Jon

    Please give this guy and Obama as well "a huge credit" that he (they) once wanted to break Iraq into THREE countries! Can you believe it that they guys are now claming the credit for a stable and perspective new Iraq?

    August 23, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Jerry - Florida

    What gives this moronic fool the right to talk about Iraq. He and his boss are the biggest (hipo)crits ever elected to national office. They are always bashing President Bush, but now, that they want to try and impress the American populace, they want to take credit for the results of the war in Iraq. Mr. Biden, President NObama, the American populace know who is really responsible for the results of the war in Iraq. If you two are responsible for anything it is obstructing progress. Or are you two morons too stupid to realize that?

    Their (hipo)cricy knows no bounds! Yes, I am a life-long Democrat!!!

    August 23, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Eli

    Joe Biden- He's not just vice president of the hair transplant company...he's a customer.

    August 23, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Biden and Obama -- no credit for them

    Neither Biden nor Obama supported the george Busg surge in Iraq that permitted us to be successful. Biden wanted to pull out all of the troops and divide the country into 3 religious sects - a move that would have triggered civil war and decades of instability in the region. Obama disapproved altogether for the sure and said it would never work -- for these two revisionists to stand up and take credit is a JOKE

    August 23, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Death Panel Sarah

    Hey Orlando patriot.....maybe as you are rolling, you could roll onto an I.E.D.!

    August 23, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Greg Pottstown PA

    A big thanks to GWB!!!

    August 23, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. GG from Minnesota

    If it had been up to Biden we would've partitioned the country and removed our troops to the Kurdish region, allowing the Sunni and Shia regions to fall back into civil war. If it had been up to Obama we would've quit Iraq without even attempting the surge.

    CNN could provide a better service to it's readers if it added context to articles, instead of just parroting the administrations comments.

    August 23, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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