Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said yesterday that he believes top officials in the Bush administration have privately concluded they have lost Iraq and are simply trying to postpone disaster so the next president will "be the guy landing helicopters inside the Green Zone, taking people off the roof," in a chaotic withdrawal reminiscent of Vietnam.When senators start talking about helicopters taking people off the roof, you know they're serious. Condi Rice "will probably testify next Thursday to defend the president's new plan." It will be fun to see her squirm. Hope she's the first of many. And I hope the hearings prove to be more than idle finger-pointing and that somehow the Dems find the backbone to derail Bush's ill-conceived troop surge before it ever gets off the ground.
"I have reached the tentative conclusion that a significant portion of this administration, maybe even including the vice president, believes Iraq is lost," Biden said. "They have no answer to deal with how badly they have screwed it up. I am not being facetious now. Therefore, the best thing to do is keep it from totally collapsing on your watch and hand it off to the next guy -- literally, not figuratively."
Friday, January 05, 2007
Can Bush pass the buck to the next president?
It looks as if Joe Biden, never one to be shy about the spotlight, will start stirring things up in his role as chairman redux of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, judging from the interview he gave WaPo reporter Glenn Kessler about his plans for hearings starting next week.