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2008 Elections

Joe Biden on Iraq


(Editor's Note: Biden dropped out of the presidential race for the Democratic nomination, following a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, 2008, where he got only about 2 percent of the delegates. )


He is in favor of political solution to Iraq as opposed to a military solution. He pledges to bring troops home during his administration if there is not a political solution in place. He proposes the decentralization of Iraq, which would give the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds their own states within the country. Successful execution of decentralization would allow troops to stay in Iraq and function like the troops America has kept in Bosnia.


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Biden discusses his plan for Iraq at the Democratic debates at Dartmouth University in September 2007.


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CNN reports on Biden's plan to partner with Republican Senator Brownback for political solution to war in Iraq.


Biden statement Nov. 28, 2007 to Iowa Association of Counties in Des Moines: “This whole notion that the surge is working is fantasy. Anything we ask our military to do they can do, and they have succeeded. The troops, they’re absolutely incredible. They get up on those humvees knowing they might get blown up every day. They’ve done their job. But the President hasn’t done his. The whole point of the surge was to provide breathing room for Iraqis to get together to work out a political solution. There has been no progress on that front and no evidence there will be progress. Without a lasting political settlement, our troops are a stop gap. The President needs to stop pursuing this failed strategy of trying to build a strong central government in Iraq and get the world behind my plan to help the Iraqis decentralize power and give each community local control over their daily lives. 75 United States Senators voted for my resolution. The vast majority of the foreign policy establishment now supports it and so do more and more Iraqis. It’s the only way we can leave Iraq without leaving chaos behind.”


— Las Vegas Sun intern Jenna Kohler and new media managing editor Dave Toplikar contributed to this report.

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