Cal  Thomas

But it did work and the credit should go to President Bush and Vice President Cheney, but this administration can't give credit to its predecessors because it has been too busy flogging them for problems that didn't begin with Obama and Biden, but have been exacerbated by them.

Rush Limbaugh juxtaposed these then-and-now sound bites from Biden and Obama on his radio program last week. The transcripts are posted on his Web site ( This shameless self-portrait by Joe Biden, as if the Obama-Biden administration devised and executed a war strategy that has put Iraq closer to self-rule and denied the terrorists a base, is jaw dropping even by Washington standards.

What ought to frighten everyone is that Obama and Biden are now running the country. If their judgment failed them when they were pursuing higher office, why should the public have confidence in their judgment now that they have been in office for nearly 13 months? This is more than politics. It is the difference between life and death, victory and defeat in the most important war this country has fought since its inception.

Perhaps the most outrageous claim about Biden's role (or lack of) in Iraq came from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who said, "The vice president's been deeply involved in fixing the political process there so that elections can be held and our troops can come home as scheduled this summer."

It is impossible to reconcile that claim with Biden's numerous defeatist statements. That Biden -- and Gibbs -- now say something else, is not just factually incorrect, but plagiarism of the worst kind.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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