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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Biden: Distrusted and Dismissed by Iraqis

It’s funny how Iraqis seem to be reacting to Obama’s pick of Senator Joe ‘Hair-Plug’ Biden for the VP slot: the unanimous tone, as voiced by Iraqi politicians and analysts on Iraqi TV stations and on Al-Hurra-Iraq, is that Biden is not so knowledgeable on Iraq, or foreign policy in general.

Wasn’t Biden’s ‘intellectual’ heft supposed to be the whole point of adding him to the Obama ticket to balance out the greenhorn factor?

Iraq’s political class doesn’t seem to be buying it, though. They are not reassured by the Biden pick, whose name is forever associated, in Iraqi eyes, with a hastily-thought plan to divide Iraq that he publicly announced at Dr. Bernard Lewis’ 90th birthday celebration in Philadelphia on May 1, 2006.

The American public doesn’t seem to be buying it either, for the polls are demonstrating that there’s been no Biden bump to speak of whatsoever. Wait, isn’t Delaware a subsidiary of the DuPont Pharmaceutical Empire? Don't tell me that it's that stretch of 95 that overcharges on tolls?

For my part, this is what I thought of the Biden plan at the time: What About the Druze?

Shouldn't some reporter be asking Biden if he still stands behind his own plan?

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Biden plan was bad not only because it had no limit over the divisions but also because it took the wishes of the Iraqi people for granted: no reference was made to any Iraqi process to decide their future. However, I am starting to like the guy for a different reason: he was in politics for a very long time yet he did not get rich, he is clean! I wonder if this is Obama's reason behind selecting him. Compare it with your favourite, Nibras, the one who has seven houses and could not remember to count them!

9:58 AM, August 27, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whereas Obama got his "house" as a courtesy from Saddam's banker. Yeah, that makes McCain the corrupt one, right?

Biden is vain and entangled in self-love.

12:10 PM, August 27, 2008

 
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1:12 AM, August 28, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Habibi.... I just found your blog's link on the "long war" web site, you have are writing the most informed source of insider information on the subject that i have come across. As for Joe Biden's ideas regarding Iraq; he was just regurgitating something that he heard a someone say to make it seem as if he gives a damn about Iraq, he cares about Iraq because it makes (or used to make) the nightly news. Once Iraq is less of a hot button issue Biden and politicians from both parties, will no longer care about Iraq. Until Iraq becomes a problem again Biden is just another tourist passing through Iraq, just as most elected officials and military commanders are, they come to Iraq to try and make their mark or simple check the "I went to a combat zone" block. The Iraqi people are the ones that end up paying the price due to self serving agendas and policies in the end, not to mention the Americans that have given their lives for their nation and an idea. This is long winded rant has been my way of saying thanks for the blog and keep up the good work!!! yallah... Masalamah!

8:54 PM, August 31, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DuPont Pharmaceutical Empire?

DuPont spun off their pharmaceutical effort, years ago, into DuPont-Merck.

They are into a lot of stuff, like white paint, fibers, etc.

8:01 PM, September 01, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this vehement opposition to the Mubarak-Biden ticket have anything to do with the fact
that the shoeshine boys who are currently running Iraq will be ousted from power/killed when the Coalition withdrawal occurs

4:08 AM, September 03, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will they be ousted/killed or will they get out of Iraq with all their re-construction money for posh destinations in UAE, Jordan, or Europe? I think the mid and lower ranking members of the government will be killed and ousted (look at the Ba'athi bloodletting that took place from 03-07)while the rats like Maliki and SCIRI/ISIC flee the country like they did under Saddam. The true power brokers that truly represent the Shia Arab Iraqi Nationalist populace like Muqtada Al-Sadr, and his loyal sadrist leaders, will endure, that is why these individuals must be politically engaged the way the Sunni Tribal structure was in Al-Anbar. Sadr can be called many things, but obsolete is not one of them, his call for a cease fire played a major factor in the success of the surge. But i digress, Ramadan Kareem everyone! Yallah, masalamah!

6:31 PM, September 03, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biden is now saying he said what he said 2 years ago, when he thought there was a civil war between Iraqis. Now he is saying, I meant to give control to local governments and not divide Iraq into 3 regions. I think Iraq politicians should go to You Tube and check for updates of what Biden is saying.

Ali / Iraq

7:13 PM, September 08, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"while the rats like Maliki and SCIRI/ISIC flee the country like they did under Saddam". Who is going to make them flee like "rats". The Baathists??? Give me a break.

Where are the Baathists hiding now? Do you think someone like Saddam (lets say Allawi which is what left from the Baathists who is able to rule Iraq with the will of Iraqis) will be able to rule Iraq like the way Saddam was ruling, killing people and filling all prisons with innocent Iraqis. This is not the new Iraq I see now. Stop dreaming.

Do you think the Shia or Kurds are the same as they were before 2003? You must be dreaming. The blood we gave to get where we are now is not going in vain.

Ali / Iraq

7:28 PM, September 08, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jaguar b p, maybe your father or grandfather was a shoeshine boy.

7:32 PM, September 08, 2008

 
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