July 2nd, 2009
12:53 PM ET
13 years ago

Biden visits Iraq over Fourth of July weekend

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad Thursday, where he will underscore Washington's commitment to a drawdown of American forces there, the White House said.

Biden is to meet with Iraqi and U.S. military officials and will also speak with troops. He is expected to deliver a speech to troops on Saturday, the Fourth of July, and may visit another city.

The trip comes a couple of days after U.S. combat troops withdrew from urban centers in the country, and left security duties in cities like Baghdad, Mosul, Basra and other communities to Iraqi security forces.

That move is part of a bilateral U.S.-Iraqi security agreement that calls for all U.S. troops to depart Iraq by the end of 2011.

Among the officials Biden will meet are President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Parliament Speaker Ayad al-Samarrai.

Biden will discuss with Iraq's leaders the importance of achieving the political progress that is necessary to ensure the nation's long-term stability.

It is Biden's second trip to Iraq this year; but his first as vice president.

(updated 1:30 pm ET with additional information)


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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I knew someone from the administration would be traveling to the region around the 4th. This should be a great morale booster.

    July 2, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Arlene, From Illinois

    Way to go Joe!

    July 2, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Bob in Pa

    Just who the troops want to see... stumblin bumblin Joe !

    July 2, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Cheney

    So?I got more troops killed for nothing than he did.nanana

    July 2, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Hugo

    Yes, I agree with Dutch this will be a great morale booster for the insurgents, send Biden since he was in full support of the operation from the start. He had better watch out or he may get the Clinton treatment and mysteriously meet his demise at the hands of the enemy....

    July 2, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Glen

    One way to get rid of the man. Send him on an "important" assignment. At least he knows more than Hillary and Barrack regarding foreign affairs and that is not a compliment. Amateur hour at the White House

    July 2, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Jon in CA

    I hope Joe understands this is IRAQ and isn't hoping to meet with ousted Honduran leader, Zelaya!

    Joe needs to go back to that diner where he talks to his constituents regularly... you know... the one that closed 15 years ago?

    July 2, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    I'd be willing to wager the troops would rather see Vince McMahon and the pro wrestlers than Mumbles McBiden.

    July 2, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Bill in San Jose

    I support our imperialist storm troopers! I spent 2 trillion dollars on a war and I didn't even get any lousy oil.

    July 2, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    I thought we departed Baghdad..... who's still there for Joe to see?

    July 2, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. audacity of a dope

    They dont want to see him......

    July 2, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Texas Pioneer

    OMG Try to keep this guys foot away from his mouth.

    July 2, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Texas Teacher

    Indeed this should be a morale booster to our troops, Dutch, but also to the Iraqi government as well. This can be done and I think it is imperative that our government should be supportive by sending top officials to assure the troops and the Iraqis that we are working with the government not just leaving them "high and dry." We must feel that we have taught their armed forces to handle the job as well as the government... therefore, we can leave with a clear conscience and trust that this nation is ready to support her own freedom. This is as it should be.

    Bob, Joe would not be in the position he is in, if we had not voted for him! He may misspeak now and then (but NOTHING compared to Geo. Bush), he has the wisdom and the experience to handle the job; otherwise, Barack Obama would not have chosen him. He is NO Sarah Palin, praise be to the Creator!

    July 2, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. matt

    hope he stays there for good

    July 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Carson - Austin Texas

    Why ever would they announce this prior????

    July 2, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. phoenix86

    Joe, please stay there.

    July 2, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Obama Victim

    can never find a terrorist when you need one

    July 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. fella from Chicago

    Hopefully he'll lose his passport to get back.

    July 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. educated

    Joe Biden is a military father. He understands the troops. Happy 4th to all of our troops.

    July 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. history repeats

    bob in pa

    you are obviously not very informed about mr. biden. hes sharp. much sharper than your boy bush!!!

    July 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Claudia in Houson

    Remember V.P. Biden's son is in Iraq also as well as many other brave American soldiers. I send my regards to all of them.

    July 2, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. So Tired of This

    Say Bob??? I believe I remember a Biden son shipping out last year
    Could you perhaps check your nastiness at the door?

    July 2, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. James McCoy

    This comment is for the haters that invade the blogs continuously. It seems to me that you negative people wake up every single morning and kick the dog, slap your kids, throw things and look at yourselves in the mirror and spit.
    I am so sick of reading the hatred, bias and racism in these blogs.....You negative people would never be happy with anything....You sit and blog about how bad things are, but you sure didn't blog when Bush was killing our kids over in Iraq and ruining our economy day by day....WHERE WAS YOUR HATRED WHEN THIS COUNTRY WAS COLLAPSING DURING THE LATTER PARTS OF BUSHY'S REIGN? You all make me sick.....Grow up and get a life....You surely don't know what you are beatching about.

    July 2, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. gary

    boy as if these troops have not been through enough hw will say something stupid as usual, at least it was not pelosi she would probably really be scared at the sight of her

    July 2, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Shonie

    So staffers had to remove chairs in Erie because no one cared enough to show up yesterday...Wonder how many troops will have to be ordered to meet with him?

    July 2, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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