Biden on Cheney on Iraq: 'Dead wrong'

Jan. 21, 2007 at 12:29 PM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, a Democratic presidential candidate, says a Senate resolution against a U.S. troop surge in Iraq will not encourage terrorists.

Biden and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., appeared on "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace." They are co-sponsors of a non-binding Senate resolution that says an increase in U.S. troops in Iraq is not "in the national interest."

Vice President Dick Cheney was on the program a week before, and said if such a resolution is passed, Congress will "revalidate the strategy that Osama bin Laden has been following from day one: That if you kill enough Americans, you can force them to quit, that we don't have the stomach to fight."

Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said senators on both sides of the aisle, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Iraqi Study Group, "every single person out there that is of any consequence knows the vice president doesn't know what he's talking about.

"I can't be more blunt than that," Biden said. "He has yet to be right one single time on Iraq. Name me one single time he's been correct ... Bin Laden isn't the issue here." President Bush is "not listening to anybody but Cheney, and Cheney is dead wrong."

Biden said newly announced Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York is not a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination. Levin rejected any suggestion that Clinton or any other Democratic candidate could not win in the general election.

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