Biden: ‘Bad Guys’ Live in Afghanistan
Dean Barnett wins my Head Scratcher of the Day award for this:
If we had a “Most Offensive Quote of the Day” every day, Joe Biden would probably come to own the prize. But even by the senator’s lofty standards of chronic obtuseness, he outdid himself this afternoon: “If John (McCain) wants to know where the bad guys live, come back with me to Afghanistan. We know where they reside. And it’s not in Iraq.”
There’s nothing even mildly offensive, or even obtuse, about this. Barnett goes on a harangue about how this is insulting to American troops fighting in Iraq, who are facing “bad guys” every day. But that’s just plain silly. Biden’s fully aware of what’s going on there and certainly isn’t dishonoring their service. His son, Captain Beau Biden, is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, after all.
The “bad guys” Biden is talking about are Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda Central. As even our military leaders have told us, Al Qaeda in Iraq is all but finished.
Of course, as AllahPundit points out, by that definition, the “bad guys” don’t live in Afghanistan either. (Hint: They’re probably in another ‘Stan nominally governed by the American ally next door.) Further, he correctly notes, “some of the bad guys have been known to turn up in Iraq from time to time.”
Warren Street, writing for a blog that desperately needs a name change, figures that there are “bad guys” all over and that we’re selective about which ones we should go after. Which, of course, is true.
Were American troops not presently in Iraq, we surely wouldn’t send them into the existing mess now to deal with the “bad guys” we’re currently fighting. But the fact of the matter is that we are there now and the mess is largely one of our own making. Withdrawing from it to take on other sets of “bad guys” would have profound consequences.