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-Election 2012
Biden: 'How Many of You Know Someone who Served in Iraq or Iran?'
2012-10-19
Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
The former Senator-for-Life from Delaware, an example of the kind of top-notch Washington intellect to be found in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body...
asked supporters Thursday at a Nevada campaign event, "How many of you know someone who served in Iraq or Iran?"

Biden was joined at the event by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
... the charismatic senator-for-life from Nevada, currently majority leader ...
and embattled Senate candidate Rep. Shelley Berkley. At Biden's question, Reid raised his hand.

At the event, Biden also said that when it comes to the Young Guns -- a group of younger Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan
...U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district, serving since 1999, and current Republican VP candidate. He proposed an alternative to President Obama's 2011 budget and made himself the target of both Democrat and Republican verbal pies...
-- the "bullets are aimed at you."
Posted by:Fred

#17  Was Biden trolling for the career civilian Good Conduct award because his spawn, Beau, served in I/A as a JAG officer, or was he just trying to “guilt trip” the majority of us to vote Demon-crat come 11-06-12?
A pathetic loser, just like his boss…
Posted by: canalzone   2012-10-19 21:24  

#16  You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.

And these brilliant words of wisdom were uttered by a graduate of Yale. I know two personally and a few casually. My son-in-law is one the other a marine that was in afgahistan
Posted by: Cheaderhead   2012-10-19 21:01  

#15  Maybe he's looking for a future job???
There could be lots of openings coming up in Tehran. I bet if he's good with a shovel there will be lots of potholes that need filling :-)
Posted by: Raider   2012-10-19 17:45  

#14  I suppose that means both Biden and Kerry now have combat experience right? At least in their own minds.

Did Kerry go back and shoot a home movie?
Posted by: CrazyFool   2012-10-19 17:45  

#13  So we have to rely on Kerry to tell the truth? Well, that's Joe for ya.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2012-10-19 16:05  

#12  Of course Afghanistan counts, Frank. After all, that's where Joe went eyeball to eyeball with the Tallybon...

"Ladies and gentlemen, where are we now? Where are we now?" Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., said to the National Guard Association today, talking about the war in Afghanistan."If you want to know where Al Qaeda lives, you want to know where Bin Laden is, come back to Afghanistan with me," Biden said. "Come back to the area where my helicopter was forced down, with a three-star general and three senators at 10,500 feet in the middle of those mountains. I can tell you where they are."

In February 2008, Biden — along with Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. — was on a chopper that made an emergency landing in the mountains of Afghanistan. A snowstorm had forced them down. No one was injured, and the Associated Press reported at the time that "the senators and their delegation returned to Bagram Air Base in a motor convoy, and left for Turkey.

"The weather closed in on us," Kerry told the AP at the time in a phone interview from Turkey. "It went pretty blind, pretty fast and we were around some pretty dangerous ridges. So the pilot exercised his judgment that we were better off putting down there, and we all agreed…We sat up there and traded stories." Kerry joked, "We were going to send Biden out to fight the Taliban with snowballs, but we didn’t have to do it…Other than getting a little cold, it was fine."
Posted by: tu3031   2012-10-19 15:47  

#11  ...cause they're still living in the past. A quarter of all applicants to the armed forces are disqualified because they can't meet education standards, and another quarter cause they can't meet fitness standards. Their reference point is the old draft system that's been gone since the early 70s [which seems to match their concepts of failed government programs from the same era].
Posted by: Procopius2k   2012-10-19 15:29  

#10  I know a ton due to being a "contractor". And I've buried 4, including the 19 year old son of a friend back in 04 (Iraq).

I'm surprised he asked that at a Dem function - after all, a solid part of that party despises the military, and the elitists there think its for people that are beneath them and their family. After all thier last candidate (who is a friend of Harry Reid and Joe Biden) said this:

You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.
Posted by: OldSpook   2012-10-19 11:43  

#9  thanks to Mr. Bobby's son and nephew
Posted by: Frank G   2012-10-19 11:04  

#8  His question should have been, "How many of you served in Iraq?".
Posted by: Deacon Blues   2012-10-19 09:56  

#7  The Horse Soldier memorial is unveiled this morning at Ground Zero in NYC. My thanks to Bobby's son, his nephew and to CPT Nelson (pseudonym used in Stanton's book), ODA Commander of the Detachment that linked up with General Dostum near Mazar-i-Sharif, AFG.
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-10-19 08:37  

#6  Bobby, please thank your son and nephew for their service to our country at your next opportunity and express my deepest respect to the families of the two soldiers who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

I too, know four people who served our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan and upon learning of their service, I thanked each of them with a warm hand shake, a hug, and pat on their shoulders. I told them that without people like you our nation would not be as strong and vital, your service has help to keep our nation strong and your work has helped to provide the potential to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan to gain there own freedoms. Thank you.
Posted by: Au Auric   2012-10-19 07:43  

#5  Afghanistan doesn't count, right Joe?
Posted by: Frank G   2012-10-19 07:36  

#4  I know four, Mr. Vice President - two living and two dead, the living being my son and my nephew, who just got back from the Stan.
Posted by: Bobby   2012-10-19 05:48  

#3  He's Obama insurance policy against assassination, Besoeker.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2012-10-19 03:08  

#2  Little humour can be found when one considers this poor fellow is only a breath away from being the President of the United States. My God what have we created in these people.
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-10-19 02:24  

#1  Thats our GRANDPA!
Posted by: JosephMendiola   2012-10-19 00:17  

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