Biden’s Son Headed to Iraq
We’ve known for some time that CPT Beau Biden, son of VP nominee Joe, is headed off to Iraq. Dad sent them off with a farewell address today:
Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden told his son and other Delaware National Guard troops on Friday that his heart was “full of love and pride” as they prepared to leave for an assignment in Iraq.
“We take comfort in the knowledge that you are the best-trained, best-prepared group of citizen soldiers that our country to this day has ever sent into harm’s way,” Biden told members of the 261st Signal Brigade at a ceremony outside the state Capitol. Biden’s son Beau, Delaware’s attorney general, serves as a captain and a lawyer in the 261st. The unit leaves Sunday for Fort Bliss, Texas, where it will train for about six weeks before heading to Iraq.
The normally loquacious senator spoke only briefly, telling his audience at the outset that his son had advised him: “Dad, keep it short. We’re in formation.”
“As you serve and look out for your brothers and sisters in arms, your families here at home promise you that we’ll look out for one another,” Biden said.
Biden’s Republican rival, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, gave a similar farewell talk in Alaska last month to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, which includes her oldest son, Track, a 19-year-old private. She told the unit that its yearlong assignment to northern Iraq would be a “defense of America, in America’s cause. And it’s a righteous cause.”
Decades ago, it would not have been the least bit remarkable that the sons of politicians were headed in to harm’s way when the nation is at war. Nowadays, though, it’s simply astounding.
Godspeed to Beau, Track, and all the others.