Saturday, August 23, 2008

Biden as Julius Ceasar

For millenia, first-year students of Latin have memorized Julius Caesar's second most famous quote

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres
as part of their effort to understand the greatest general of all time and the language he spread throughout the world.

All Gaul is divided into three parts
is the opening sentence of Caesar's formal report on the Gallic Wars to the citizens of Rome more than 2,000 years ago.

Leave it to Slow Joe Biden, he of the hurricane mouth, to recast Caesar's observation into what is easily the very worst strategy ever suggested for the war in Iraq. Biden's plan for Iraq was worse even than Barack Obama's, a difficult threshold indeed.

Where Obama suggested that the U. S. drop everything and immediately walk away from Iraq, which has since magically morphed into a 16 month process, Senator Biden took it a step further. In a May 2006 op-ed in the New York Times, Biden made clear his disdain for the Bush administration
It is increasingly clear that President Bush does not have a strategy for victory in Iraq. Rather, he hopes to prevent defeat and pass the problem along to his successor.
Then he pushed his own five-step plan to first divide Iraq into three pieces, none strong enough to survive, then walk away.

Today, Biden's idea sounds as shallow as a Presidential bench that can seriously consider a Barack Obama as its first choice. What's amazing is the man who ran it up the flagpole two years ago is unable to see how times and events have passed him by.

But that may be why he's called Slow Joe. He's bedazzled by his own brilliance.

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