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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Why I Like Joe Biden 

People sometimes ask me why I like Joe Biden so much. Here's Biden in Rolling Stone's really good "roundtable" on Iraq (Wes Clark, Rand Beers, Zinni, Biden, et. al. et al):
Surely the Abu Ghraib prison scandal didn't help. Should Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld or other Bush officials resign?

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Biden: I was in the Oval Office the other day, and the president asked me what I would do about resignations. I said, "Look, Mr. President, would I keep Rumsfeld? Absolutely not." And I turned to Vice President Cheney, who was there, and I said, "Mr. Vice President, I wouldn't keep you if it weren't constitutionally required." I turned back to the president and said, "Mr. President, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld are bright guys, really patriotic, but they've been dead wrong on every major piece of advice they've given you. That's why I'd get rid of them, Mr. President -- not just Abu Ghraib." They said nothing. Just sat like big old bullfrogs on a log and looked at me.
There's no independent confirmation that this happened, so, if Bush or Cheney dispute this, then maybe I'll have to retract, but this is very cool that he said that. Frankly, I'm surprised Bush would ask.

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