One of the most poignant commentaries I have seen on this site most recently was one by a new connection of mine, Michael S., on this post. He recently left this barrage of quotes by Joe Biden to make a point that was largely ignored. Of course, when the facts are slapping one in the face, it's difficult to do anything but to try to dodge them by pretending they don't exist if you support this candidate. Before Michael posted these, I had only remembered two of them from before, and not in their entirety. I remembered the racist quote, and I had also read the Brookings Institute quote before. To be honest, those two would have beenÂ enough for me toÂ substantiate my opinion of Biden. I didn't, however, realize that Joe Biden had made so many statements that are contradictory to what he would have you believe is his position.
My questions toÂ his supportersÂ are these:
- How is it that you can ignore these statements and support this candidate?
- If you don't ignore them, how exactly is it that you're able to process this information and backburner the truth so easily? Is it just that you don't care about the truth or that you're so used to diminishing its worth that dismissing it is just natural for you?
- Do you not understand the statements?
- Do you condone them simply because he's a Democrat and you are too, so it makes no difference what he says?
- Are there other reasons you can dismiss the statements and support this candidate?
By the way, if you haven't met Michael, and you enjoy quality of expression, depth and perception, and sometimes subtle, but always poignant commentary, I urge you to take a look at what he writes.
Michael, I hope you don't mind that I have reprinted the quotes that you compiled, but they were far too important to be obscured in commentary drivel. I wanted to feature them here to give them some of the attention they deserve.
"We can call it quits and withdraw from Iraq. I think that would be a gigantic mistake. Or we can set a deadline for pulling out, which I fear will only encourage our enemies to wait us out - equally a mistake."
- Joe Biden to The Brookings Institution, 2005
"I've been calling for more troops for over two years, along with John McCain and others subsequent to my saying that."
- Joe Biden, Meet the Press, November 27, 2005
"My impression is [Obama] thinks that if we leave, somehow the Iraqis are going to have an epiphany" of peaceful coexistence among warring sects. "I've seen zero evidence of that."
- Joe Biden on Barack Hussein Obama's Iraq plan, September 13, 2007
"The only guy on the other side who's qualified is John McCain."
- Joe Biden, MSNBC, October 30, 2007
"The threat [Saddam Hussein] presented was that, if Saddam was left unfettered, which I said during that period, for the next five years with sanctions lifted and billions of dollars into his coffers, then I believed he had the ability to acquire a tactical nuclear weapon - not by building it, by purchasing it. I also believed he was a threat in that he was - every single solitary U.N. resolution which he agreed to abide by, which was the equivalent of a peace agreement at the United Nations, after he got out of - after we kicked him out of Kuwait, he was violating. Now, the rules of the road either mean something or they don't. The international community says 'We're going to enforce the sanctions we placed' or not. And what was the international community doing? The international community was weakening. They were pulling away."
- Joe Biden, Meet the Press, April 29, 2007
"Well, the point is, it turned out they didn't, but everyone in the world thought he had them. The weapons inspectors said he had them. He catalogued - they catalogued them. This was not some, some Cheney, you know, pipe dream. This was, in fact, catalogued."
- Joe Biden on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, Meet the Press, 2007
"The more people learn about them [Obama and Hillary] and how they handle the pressure, the more their support will evaporate."
- Joe Biden in an interview with The Huffington Post
"I mean, you got the FIRST mainstream AFRICAN-AMERICAN WHO IS ARTICULATE and BRIGHT and CLEAN and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."
- Joe Biden, The New York Observer
"a one-term, a guy who has served for four years in the Senate," and "I don't recall hearing a word from Barack about a plan or a tactic."
- Joe Biden, "from the same Observer interview." (Michael S.)