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Vice President Biden Lands in Iraq


Vice President Biden arrives in Baghdad, as security personnel stand guard, early July 2, 2009.(Andrew Quinn/Reuters)

Updated 3:46 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta and Michael A. Fletcher
Days after the U.S. withdrew troops from Iraqi cities, Vice President Biden arrived in Iraq today to visit those troops and meet with Iraqi leaders, the White House announced today.

Biden willl use the surprise two-day visit to try to foster political reconciliation and build relationships with Iraqi leaders.

"The Vice President will reiterate the United States' commitment to fully implement the Security Agreement and the Strategic Framework Agreement and to carry out President Obama's plan to draw down U.S. forces," the White House said in a statement. "He will discuss with Iraq's leaders the importance of achieving the political progress that is necessary to ensure the nation's long-term stability."

Upon arrival, Biden was greeted at Baghdad International Airport by the Iraqi foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, and deputy foreign Minister, as well as the commanding general for multinational forces in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno, and Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby.

While there, Biden will meet with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and Speaker of the Council of Representatives Ayad al-Samarrai. He will also meet with U.S. embassy staff and representatives of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq.

In his meetings with Iraqi leaders, Biden is expected to be press the importance of breaking political impasses on key issues including the division of oil revenues and autonomy for the various religious and ethnic groups. The White House sees making political progress as crucial to ending the violence that has spiked in Iraq in recent weeks.

"The bigger challenge is going to be, can the Shia, the Sunni, and the Kurds resolve some of these major political issues having to do with federalism, having to do with boundaries, having to do with how oil revenues are shared," President Obama told reporters last week. "If those issues get resolved, then I think you will see a further normalization of the security atmosphere inside of Iraq."

This is Biden's second trip to Iraq this year and his first as vice president. It marks a continuation of his role as a vital personal ambassador and international trouble shooter for the Obama administration.

In recent weeks, he has visited the Balkans, where ethnic tensions have been flaring again. In the coming weeks, he also is scheduled to visit Ukraine and Georgia on the heels of Obama's visit to Russia next week. The White House sees that visit as an important signal of U.S. support for the former Soviet republics which now have tense relations with Russia.

Posted at 1:05 PM ET on Jul 2, 2009  | Category:  Joe Biden
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"When you see the abuse of power, you've got to speak."

-- VP candidate Joseph Biden, Aug. 27, 2008, Democratic National Convention


HEY, JOE: WHERE YA GOIN' WITH THAT DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPON IN YOUR HAND?

LIVE UP TO YOUR WISE WORDS. THE RULE OF LAW HAS BROKEN DOWN AT THE GRASSROOTS BECAUSE PROGRAMS YOU CHAMPIONED HAVE BEEN MISUSED -- TRANSMOGRIFIED INTO AN AMERICAN GESTAPO.

Bush-Cheney human and civil rights abuses continue...


THE VIGILANTE EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK:

AN IDEOLOGICALLY-DRIVEN SOCIAL PURGE THAT VIOLATES THE HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS OF INNOCENT BUT 'TARGETED' U.S. CITIZENS...

ON THE STREETS OF NYC, DC, PHILLY, BOSTON...

...AND IN CITIES AND TOWNS ACROSS AMERICA.

And federal citizen volunteer programs "front" for the "community gang stalkers" who are terrorizing their neighbors, tracking their every move with covertly implanted GPS devices, as police look the other way...

...harassing, vandalizing, destroying their livelihoods as their health is degraded by widely-deployed microwave radiation ("directed energy") weapons -- the long-anticipated (and rightfully feared) weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum.

And Congress and the mainstream media are largely unaware.

A parallel array of federal "programs of personal financial destruction" slowly decimate the family finances of "target" families -- surely a factor in the mortgage meltdown that precipitated the global financial crisis.

And Congress and the mainstream media are largely unaware.

When victims complain, they are told there is "nothing to investigate."

True -- because federal and local authorities KNOW ALL ABOUT IT.

Will Congress, the national press corps, and Team Obama wake up and realize that democracy and human rights are being stolen at the GRASSROOTS?


http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

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Posted by: scrivener50 | July 3, 2009 12:45 AM

Delighted to see good old Joe ("5-deferment")Biden visiting a combat zone - something he was scared sh**less to do in his youth when his country asked him. This COWARD is the reason every American should pray each night for Obama's good health! He will go down in history as the dumbest and most inept vice president of all times; by contrast he makes Palin look smart and Dan Quayle absolutely brilliant.

Of course, he might just be a Military Expert as demonstrated by the way he avoided any brush with armed conflict during his youth when he successfully dodged the Vietnam draft (he and Dick Cheney did everything short of maiming themselves which neither had the guts to do – I guess it’s a prerequisite for VP). Again, by contrast here Biden makes "W" look like a war hero! (For the record, Bush flying antique Air National Guard Convair F-102s was probably in more danger than I was during an extended CIB-earning tour in Vietnam!).

It appears President Obama has already assigned Biden the role of designated "butt of jokes" for the late night comedians -- a role for which he is eminently well qualified and ideally suited.

Posted by: A-COL | July 3, 2009 12:38 AM

Actually I would like to see Bulldog Biden bite the little crisis pup pipsqueeks head off.

POTUS Biden would bring Confidence in a Constitutional qualified oval office.

He is the closest thing to a Constitutional POTUS we have.

Obama = No confidence

Posted by: dottydo | July 2, 2009 10:11 PM

IED... IED... IED...

Posted by: BO_Stinks | July 2, 2009 7:57 PM

What I learned about military courtesy 40 years ago is all out the window now . General and Field grade officers standing bared headed , presumably because they were on the flight line , greeting Joe the Schmoe with a salute and having it returned . Reagan's fault . Un effing real .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | July 2, 2009 6:14 PM

What an embarrassment seeing this incompetent loudmouth over there slumming with the troops.
Biden is a disgrace. Maybe they'll keep him over there. Wouldn't miss the dimwit.

Posted by: LarryG62 | July 2, 2009 5:18 PM

Come on soldiers, once less liberal. I know you want to do it! lol

Posted by: cschotta1 | July 2, 2009 4:47 PM

Maybe he is there to partition the country into three or four segments . That seemed so smart . Stupid Iowa .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | July 2, 2009 2:49 PM

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