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Biden to Speak at Son's Deployment Ceremony

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden will speak Friday in Dover, Del., at the deployment ceremony for his 39-year-old son Beau, who is headed to Iraq as part of a unit of soldiers from the Delaware National Guard.

Biden aides said that the event was not political and that he was speaking as a father and senator. Beau Biden, who is Delaware's attorney general, is a member of the Army's Judge Advocate General Corps. In a press release, National Guard officials said he might serve as an army prosecutor. He will go to Fort Bliss, Tex., for training before heading to Iraq.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was accused of politicizing the service of her 18-year-old son Track last month when she spoke at his deployment ceremony, and Biden aides have tried to avoid a similar charge. At the same time, Beau Biden introduced his father at the Democratic National Convention, and his father occasionally mentions his son's service, unlike Sen. John McCain, who has avoided discussing the experiences of his 19-year-old son Jimmy, a Marine who returned from a tour in Iraq in February.

"I'm proud, but I have to admit to you, I wish he wasn't going, I wish he wasn't going," the Delaware senator told Entertainment Tonight in an interview this week.

Biden's wife, Jill, in the same interview, said "there is a lot pride," but added, "there's not a morning that I open my eyes that I don't say a prayer that he comes home safely."

By Lexie Verdon  |  October 2, 2008; 9:06 AM ET
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Sorry Iconoblaster - I ammend my comments to refer to JakeD

Posted by: MichaelinMD | October 2, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse


What an idiotic comment regarding a "safe" posting for a JAG officer. I remember a Special Forces Major who had survived two tours in Afghanistan, and then later deployed to Iraq, who was killed by a mortar round while waiting in line at a PX to buy toothpaste.

Maybe in your war there were defined battle lines, but in Iraq they don't exist. Consequently, there's no safety for any American service member in that area of the world. Parents have every reason to fear for their sons and daughters in Iraq, be they infantry, signal corps, or JAG.

Ironically, infantry soldiers may be safer than the rear echelon in that particular environment. Not to mention the bulls-eye Beau Biden will no doubt have pinned to his back for being who he is.

As the father of an American soldier currently serving his second tour in Iraq, I'm deeply offended by your remark. My son is a Special Forces operative and needs the support not only of those serving in the rear echelons in-country, but also the citizens of America.

As a veteran, you suck. I'm a retired Army officer and feel fully qualified and justified in saying so.

Posted by: MichaelinMD | October 2, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Partick17, please read the article again. Biden mentioned the date of his son's deployment as well: October 3, 2008. If Biden does everything you have criticized Palin for in this regard, don't you see the inconsistency?

I have to agree with JakeD's points on this thread.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I am not a paid McSame blogger, and I served in Army Signals Corp during the Korean War. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

As we have seen at Gitmo, dedicated members of the JAG Corp and other military lawyers working as both prosecutors and defenders have been forced to resign rather than violate Constitution principals by following the orders of their superiors. Members of the Armed Services take an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution faces threats on the battlefield and the courtroom. It is vital to defend it in both places.

As for Gov. Palin, she mentioned the date of her son's deployment. Such information is not to be publicly discussed and it provides intelligence to our enemies

Posted by: Patrick17 | October 2, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

JakeD - you are a scum bag and a paid McSame blogger. It's amazing how you can sit here too chicken to fight for your country and have the nerve to criticise the men and women who serve this country so you can get the freedom to see on your lazy "a$$" and post stupid, uneducated comments. When you join the military it doesn't matter what field you choose, at some point you are put in harms way. People like you who take pride in being ignorant and disrepect those who serve for your freedom don't deserve to breath. This Navy wife is proud of the work the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families do so ignorant people like JakeD can breath and enjoy his life and family.

God Bless Biden Jr. Vote for President Obama and VP Biden.

Posted by: OB08 | October 2, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Come home safe, Beau! :)

Posted by: kissmygrits | October 2, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic, however, just as I thought. The silence (from those who criticized Gov. Palin for doing the exactly the same thing) is deafening.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse


Granted there could not be a safer post than office JAG.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Also, the Army is inducting non-citizens.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

To SYWanda and, especially to her husband, from this ex-Marine, "Thank you for your service and your sacrifice". Especially in a place like Iraq, there really is no such thing as "rear-echelon" anyway (with an insurgency, attacks can come anywhere, at any time, and harm anyone), and soldiers do not CHOOSE their own assignments. They get orders. They get in line. Everyone tries to do his duty, and stand by his or her fellow soldiers.

Now perhaps the American electorate will do ITS duty, too, and try to see that, in the future, our soldiers, sailors and Marines are not sent into harms way for false or frivolous reasons.

Semper fi.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | October 2, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse


What are you talking about? Do you think it's OK to jail Andrea Yates?

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

As a military wife, I would just like to point out the second post that vainly attempts to distinguish what positions in the military are honorable vs. those that are deemed not. How ignorant can America get?
My husband served as a mechanic honorably in the U.S. Army and was part of the rear echelon support for those that go to the front lines. I have been sickened by all that I hear trying to defend anyone who says you have to be a Republican to be in the military. You have to be a CITIZEN to be in the military. And thats why John McCain is going to lose, because he considers service to his country something only Republicans can give....he has bought into party first philosophy, which is so so dangerous to the rest of us.
The entire reason this country exists is so that people with all different points of view and religion and life experiences can carry on life in a reasonable manner, free from government interference. Telling me who I can sleep with and why, who I can marry and why, what party I give money to and why, thats not reasonable. If you were to tell me you want to lower taxes, I get it. But to eliminate taxes at a time when our govt is in two wars and pushed to the brink, you have got to be kidding. You let Wall St run up its own greed, with little regulation, and want to regulate the lives of Main St. Thats not what my husband signed up for in fighting for the rights of all of us. I would suspect he's not alone.

Posted by: SYWanda | October 2, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Are you asking ME that question?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I do believe there is a little difference in Gov. Palin's soon and Biden's son. Gov. Palin's son will be fighting for our freedom, where Biden's son will be there in an attorney position. Don't you think that is a difference?

Posted by: smaggie | October 2, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse


Look, JohnQuimby, I know you think you are doing the right thing -- you've posted before that this election deserves our best effort at honest judgment -- don't you see how it's just a bit hypocritcal to trash Gov. Palin for doing the same thing Sen. Biden will?

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

May God go with beau Biden and all who serve.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 2, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Exactly, dbw1. I'm waiting for the silence on these comment threads too.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Back to the topic, when Sen. Biden mentions his son's unit, will all those who criticized Gov. Palin for the same exact disclosure?

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Do an article search on the Post using the word "deployment", and you will find a few articles written before and after Palin's similar speech at her son's deployment. Compare the critical, challenging tone in those to the neutral tone in the article above.

I'll be interested to see if the non-partisan journalists at the Post are as eager to parse through every word of Biden's speech at his son's deployment, and report with similar zest and zeal on any potential misstatements like they did with Palin's speech.

Posted by: dbw1 | October 2, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

USA3, if you can read, check the link to Wikipedia biography below.

I'm sure the U.S. Department of Justice office in Philadelphia will be please to know they don't "work". Beau Biden was working there from 1995 to 2004 and is presently Attorney General in Delaware. Guess that isn't work either.

Disagree on policy of platform, but your post, like so much right wing "lug nut" vitriol shows a gross lack of understanding of the American political process.

Posted by: NotBubba | October 2, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse


What about the Posse Comitatus Act? Why is a U.S. Army unit skilled in Iraqi urban combat deploying in the U.S. on Oct. 1st, the first ever domestic deployment of an active army unit stateside?

Why has the mainstream media failed to explore this deployment, and the status of the Posse Comitatus Act?

Army Times says this unit will be assigned to assist in quelling domestic disturbances, using "non-lethal weapons." Are these radiation-emitting, silent "directed energy weapons"? Is this the vanguard of a coming police state?

See: -- "Zap! Have You Been Targeted by a Directed Energy Weapon?"

Will this issue of using the Army as a domestic police force come up in the VP debate, or in next week's second presidential debate?

And how about THIS question re: the bailout?



Once again, Congress is being asked to rush through emergency legislation -- to cede effective control of the economy to the government.

Officials continue to blame lax lending policies on the part of the mortgage industry for spawning this crisis.

But were lenders ORDERED to offer "easy credit" to people "targeted" by government agencies outside the bounds of the judicial system?

Is government "extra-judicial targeting" of American citizens a root cause of the mortgage meltdown that spawned the broader financial crisis?

Consider this: OR

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 2, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

National Guard officials said he might serve as an army prosecutor....

Biden has not worked a day in his life,
he is the perfect liberal know it all.

and of course, we throw in the required

Backlash, you people will report on the
effects of bashing someone unfairly.
and you will be surprised when real
americans vote for her. When our sons
go to iraq, to FIGHT.
you blow it off, when bidens lawyer
son goes to litigate, we are supposed
to feel for a lifelong do nothing,
son of priveledge.
joe biden must be very very good on
his knees.

Posted by: USA3 | October 2, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

That's right, Gov. Palin was accused of treason and other nefarious motives. IOKIYAD.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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