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Biden Speaks at Son's Deployment Ceremony

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden spoke today at the deployment ceremony for a unit of the Delaware National Guard headed to Iraq that includes his son, Beau Biden.

At the ceremony in Dover, Del., Biden avoided any mention of politics or the campaign and spoke for only a few minutes.

"I have come here many times before as a Delawarean, as a United States senator," Biden said, according to ABC News. "But today I come as you prepare to deploy, as a father, a father who got some sage advice from his son this morning: 'Dad, keep it short. We're in formation.' I always listen to my general."

He told the group of 115 soldiers: "You are the best demonstration of both our nation's greatness and, equally as importantly, our people's goodness. As you serve, and look out for your brothers and sisters in arms, your families here at home, I promise you, we'll look out for one another."

Beau Biden, who is Delaware's attorney general and a captain in the Guard, will head this weekend to Fort Bliss, Tex., with the rest of his brigade for several weeks of training before going to Iraq.

Biden's rival, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, had spoken last month at a similar ceremony before her son, Track Palin, also headed to Iraq.

Biden's appearance came a day after a performance in the vice-presidential debate that was widely praised by Democrats, including running mate Barack Obama.

One of Biden's debate coaches, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who played Palin in the practice sessions, said Biden won "a clear victory" but praised Palin as "strong voice for the McCain campaign," according to the Detroit News.

Granholm, in a conference call with reporters in her state, said she had employed many of the same talking points Palin used in the actual debate, but struggled to mimic the Alaska governor's style.

"Believe me, I'm no Tina Fey," Granholm said. "I can say 'hawkey mawm' and that's about it."

Republicans panned many aspects of Biden's debate remarks, including his mention of a restaurant in Wilmington that is now closed.

Posted at 4:13 PM ET on Oct 3, 2008  | Category:  Joe Biden
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I guess he's asleep by now, but I was hoping that Texan2007 would respond to my distinction of "raid" versus "air-raiding," and explain why he decided to twist Obama's words, since I think it speaks to the disinformation going on in this charge. The image presented by saying "American troops raid villages" (hopefully false) is different (IMO) from the "we are air-raiding villages" (unfortunately true). While the results may be the same, Obama was not claiming that American troops on the ground were deliberately shooting up villages. It was the reliance on air strikes--admitted to by both Sec Defense Gates and General McKiernan--that caused the casualities that Obama aluded to and for which Gates apologized.

Posted by: Hokuto | October 5, 2008 12:52 AM

Texan2007 might want to lower his voice: "Obama has said that AMERICAN troops "raid villages and kill civilians."
THIS IS WHAT THE ENEMY SAYS, but NO, THIS IS COMING FROM THE MAN THAT WANTS TO BE COMMANDER AND CHIEF OF THE AMERICAN ARMED FORCES!"

I hate to embarrass you on this (well, really I don't; you probably deserve it), but you might want to check out Obama's original statement. Here's what he said:

"We've got to get the job done [in Afghanistan] and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there."

I don't see the word "raid" anywhere there, which changes the tone considerably. Now, for the rest of your screed, how have others in the US government viewed this issue? You might consider someone like, say, Robert Gates (Sec. of Defense) who APOLOGIZED in September for . . . you guessed it, the excessive need to rely on imprecise air strikes--due to too few boots on the ground--that are responsible for producing excessive civilian casulaties. Ooh, does that make Mr. Gates an embarrassment to the administration and unqualified for his office? The AP reported this past September that


"Western forces have been killing civilians at a faster rate than the insurgents. The U.S. and NATO say they don't have civilian casualty figures, but The Associated Press has been keeping count based on figures from Afghan and international officials. Tracking civilian deaths is a difficult task because they often occur in remote and dangerous areas that are difficult to reach and verify.

As of Aug. 1, the AP count shows that while militants killed 231 civilians in attacks in 2007, Western forces killed 286. Another 20 were killed in crossfire that can't be attributed to one party."

Even General McKiernan (not the notorious McClellan of Palin fame) stated that "the chronic shortage of U.S. troops in Afghanistan is forcing commanders to rely more on air combat. U.S. airstrikes that kill civilians have angered and embarrassed the U.S.-backed Afghan government, and Karzai has been bitterly critical of such attacks." (AP report)

So I guess McKiernan is also a traitor, since he admits that US troops are killing too many civilians, right?


In other words, what Obama said was right.

Posted by: Hokuto | October 4, 2008 11:56 PM

I here the term elitist when hannity talk about the obama. Who is more in touch with you.

A. Drug abusing draft dodging Limbaugh $38million a year.
B. Stupid right wing water boy hannity
C. William Krystal co author of PNAC.
D. All of the above.

Chicken hawks talk tough on the radio, and t.v. but choose not to serve. Go to http://chickenhawks.com

Posted by: r4147824 | October 4, 2008 4:09 PM

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Posted by: dejota | October 4, 2008 2:43 PM

TEXAN07,

Why does an(y) American have to have a child in Iraq to comment on Bush's disaster for the U.S ? U.S. troops have raided and killed civilians, so Obama is correct !!

You subscribe to the theory that truth and honesty are somehow unpatriotic! If, that were the case then we would never have uncovered Abu Ghraib, an atrocity that Americans committed

War exposes the Best and Worst of mankind .
We should all salute any person who serves anywhere in Iraq , that is a real test of character just as telling the truth is !!

Posted by: jim-bo | October 4, 2008 10:11 AM

If someone still thinks that McCain/Palin will be sworn in on Jan20th, I've got a bridge to nowhere to sell to you. Too little, too late. Once McCain starts going even more negative, just watch his poll numbers sink even further.

Posted by: jerzygrl | October 4, 2008 10:05 AM

John Mccain, Joe Biden and Sarah Palin all have children in Iraq. But Obama does not. Obama has said that AMERICAN troops "raid villages and kill civilians."
THIS IS WHAT THE ENEMY SAYS, but NO, THIS IS COMING FROM THE MAN THAT WANTS TO BE COMMANDER AND CHIEF OF THE AMERICAN ARMED FORCES!
Obama, You have insulted every man and woman in the military and certainly every man and woman that has fought and died for this country, AMERICA! You have PROVEN you are not fit to lead.
You should be ashamed and Democrats should be dissapointed and embarrased.

You are an insult to this country!

America, Tell OBAMA NO! He is a disgrace to the American military, the strongest military in the world!

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 4, 2008 12:40 AM

Manolete, that McCain stand alone mixer has already been won by JakeD for his McCain posts. However, tomorrow is another day and I think they are raffling off the very air McCain breathed when he announced his candidacy. Get ready to cut and paste tomorrow - see ya!!!

Posted by: LABC | October 3, 2008 9:59 PM

The time is now!
To remind Americans that Barack Hussein Obama is just another politician that will do or say whatever it takes to fulfill his political ambitions. Barack is calculated and methodical about hiding his true convictions and intentions, and uses deception to get elected.

The time is now!
For Americans to remember Barack Hussein Obama’s intimate 20 year relationship with the Priest of Hate, Jeremiah Wright, who blessed Barack and Michelle marriage and baptized both their daughters. AND, to remember the hideous videos of Jeremiah Wright’s congregation which included the Obamas, damning America with bombastic joy, after the Muslim’s criminal attack on America on 9/11.

The time is now!
For Americans to remember how Barack's Priest of Hate, Jeremiah Wright used his tax-exempt church to exercise a radical political agenda, and how he refers to Israel, as well as America, as a "racist" State. Barack's religious leader, Jeremiah Wright believes that the true 'Chosen People' are the blacks; and that black values are superior to middle-class American values.
 Indeed Barack's Priest of Hate, Jeremiah Wright is a black supremacist.

The time is now!
To remind Americans that Barack Hussein Obama wants to be president to implement Jeremiah Wright’s dream of a black supremacist society in America.

The time is now!
For Americans of all political parties to come together to preserve the future of the country we love and have always been proud of, by voting for a True American Patriot and War Hero who risked his life for our country:
John McCain for President of the United States of America.

Country First!
Americans for John McCain/Sarah Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 3, 2008 7:53 PM

What a bunch of jackels here already!

If one of the rednecks over there shoots somw civilian because he is scared silly, he might need Captain Biden's services to get his ass out of trouble! Did you ever think of that?

I don't care how Sarah Palin did last night! She is a no-class insensitive jerk, who couldn't even acknowledge Joe Biden's despair when he remembered how his little boys (one of them being Beau) were so badly injured back when that car wreck took the lives of his wife and daughter.
Apparently she is incapable of empathy. I guarantee you if the shoe had been on the other foot Joe would have said something to acknowledge her pain.

She can take her COLD FISH act back up to the frozen north!

Godspeed Beau, and all of the other men and women over there in harm's way. And God-bless Joe Biden for being the decent man that he is!

Posted by: cacatua | October 3, 2008 6:14 PM

What a bunch of jackels here already!

If one of the rednecks over there shoots somw civilian because he is scared silly, he might need Captain Biden's services to get his ass out of trouble! Did you ever think of that?

I don't care how Sarah Palin did last night! She is a no-class insensitive jerk, who couldn't even acknowledge Joe Biden's despair when he remembered how his little boys (one of them being Beau) were so badly injured back when that car wreck took the lives of his wife and daughter.
Apparently she is incapable of empathy. I guarantee you if the shoe had been on the other foot Joe would have said something to acknowledge her pain.

She can take her COLD FISH act back up to the frozen north!

Godspeed Beau, and all of the other men and women over there in harm's way. And God-bless Joe Biden for being the decent man that he is!

Posted by: cacatua | October 3, 2008 6:14 PM

California_Irishman:

Are you anywhere near Carson tomorrow afternoon? Gov. Palin will be at the Home Depot Center at 2 PM.

Posted by: JakeD | October 3, 2008 5:39 PM

I wish all the best for Captain Biden but he is a lawyer and the most danger he will be in is from the food. CPT Biden will be in one of the safest areas in Iraq and won't go anywhere close to the fighting. On the other hand, Specialist Palin who is an Infantryman will be in the thick of the fighting. God speed to all of our troops.

Posted by: California_Irishman | October 3, 2008 5:05 PM

The WaPo is in the tank for Obama. Just wait until McCain-Palin win. Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD
**************************
oh dear...the abyss and JakeD met a little early. Easy does it...golf, go play golf...chill

Posted by: LABC | October 3, 2008 4:49 PM

Give FeedBack on how you think Sarah Palin did in the Debate, See what the national poll says about what others think,
http://www.mccanes.com/watchdebatevp.html

Posted by: pastor123 | October 3, 2008 4:47 PM

The WaPo is in the tank for Obama. Just wait until McCain-Palin win. Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | October 3, 2008 4:47 PM

So, why no condemnation of Biden for disclosing his son's unit, base, and deployment date? DOUBLE STANDARD

Posted by: JakeD | October 3, 2008 4:24 PM

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