What an amazing and appalling statement. Biden recognizes we have not yet won the war, that the job is “not done yet,” but we’re pulling out anyway. Why?
Because he and Obama want to “end [the] bleeding both financially and physically.” In fact, casualties of U.S. troops have been so low in recent months, troops would probably be in greater danger from training accidents, motorcycle accidents, excessive alcohol consumption, and other mishaps back home. The cost of stationing say 20,000 troops in Iraq–perhaps $20 billion a year–is hardly a gaping wound in a federal budget of a staggering $3.7 trillion that has been grotesquely bloated by this administration’s free-spending ways; it’s more like a rounding error.
But the most outrageous thing about this statement is Biden’s conceit that he and Obama are “ending the war we did not start.” Obama and Biden are the two most senior elected officials of the U.S. government. The U.S. government as a whole made a decision to intervene in Iraq, and it is the height of irresponsibility for one administration to think it can abandon with impunity the commitments made by its predecessor, whatever it may think of those commitments.