"I am very optimistic about -- about Iraq. I mean, this 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. "
Andrew Malcolm, blogging for the LA Times, masterfully takes apart Biden's ridiculous attempt to take credit for Iraq:
...The statement claiming credit for the ultimately favorable outcome in Iraq was striking to many. This is because:
a) Obama had opposed the war from the beginning,
b) both Obama and Biden opposed the U.S. troop surge of 2007 by President George W. Bush widely credited with producing the relative peace and stability to enable a U.S. exit,
c) both Obama and Biden predicted incorrectly that the troop surge would actually worsen sectarian strife there. Watch this Obama video interview from MSNBC in 2007:
d) Biden even proposed partitioning the country into separate areas, and
e) the status of forces agreement with Iraq that established the ongoing U.S. troop withdrawal was negotiated by the preceding Republican administration long before Obama took the oath of office twice.Other than that, however, the Obama-Biden team would seem to deserve all the credit...