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"I am very optimistic about -- about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You're going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer.”
 
Vice President Joe Biden may have made another serious gaffe with this comment to Larry King.  The statement has many news commentators wondering just how much credit the Obama Administration deserves for the light at the end of the tunnel in Iraq.  
 
We’re looking at perspectives from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Associated Content, and The LA Times.
 
FOX News's Sean Hannity says the administration is revising history after Obama and Biden opposed both the war and the 2008 surge as senators.
 
Hannity: "So President Barack Obama deserves credit for stabilizing the security situation in Iraq? Is this the same Barack Obama who opposed the troop surge in 2007?"
Obama: "My assessment is that the surge has not worked and we will not see a different report eight weeks from now."
Hannity: "Where would Iraq be if President George W. Bush listened to Senator Obama? That's a question that I think Joe Biden would have a very tough time answering."
 
Some Republicans are pointing out that Mr. Obama wasn’t president when the agreement to bring the troops home was made.  U.S. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs argued Obama and Biden pressured for that agreement before the election, but an LA Times commentator said this is more evidence of political positioning.  
 
"It seems that Biden, who's from Delaware when he's in Delaware and Pennsylvania when in Pennsylvania, is certain now that Iraq will turn out to be one of the Obama-Biden administration's greatest achievements... Biden did not elaborate on what all the administration's other "great achievements" were so far."

Christina Bellantoni told MSNBC that Biden's comments might give the White House some trouble, but there's truth in them.  
 
"You've actually heard the vice president talk about this for the last few weeks because this is something the administration actually wants to campaign on for these midterm congressional elections in the fall.  They are going to be bringing troops home from Iraq...”
“But it's also, the Administration is doing a surge in Afghanistan so it's also in their best interests to talk about the surge of troops and how that's able to work now.  It's a little different from the Democratic primary."
 
AssociatedContent.com agreed with most people in the blogosphere that Biden’s statement was out of line but also saw it as a sign of progress from the conservative perspective.
 
“Mind it is great that Vice-President Biden is now in favor of the victory in Iraq now that it has been fairly won. But one would think that instead of taking credit for it, perhaps an admission that he and President Obama were wrong might be in order.”

So was Biden justified in what he said? Or is he trying to turn the situation to the administration's advantage?

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Biden Says Iraq May Be Great Achievement For Obama

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"I am very optimistic about -- about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You're going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer.”
 
Vice President Joe Biden may have made another serious gaffe with this comment to Larry King.  The statement has many news commentators wondering just how much credit the Obama Administration deserves for the light at the end of the tunnel in Iraq.  
 
We’re looking at perspectives from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Associated Content, and The LA Times.
 
FOX News's Sean Hannity says the administration is revising history after Obama and Biden opposed both the war and the 2008 surge as senators.
 
Hannity: "So President Barack Obama deserves credit for stabilizing the security situation in Iraq? Is this the same Barack Obama who opposed the troop surge in 2007?"
Obama: "My assessment is that the surge has not worked and we will not see a different report eight weeks from now."
Hannity: "Where would Iraq be if President George W. Bush listened to Senator Obama? That's a question that I think Joe Biden would have a very tough time answering."
 
Some Republicans are pointing out that Mr. Obama wasn’t president when the agreement to bring the troops home was made.  U.S. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs argued Obama and Biden pressured for that agreement before the election, but an LA Times commentator said this is more evidence of political positioning.  
 
"It seems that Biden, who's from Delaware when he's in Delaware and Pennsylvania when in Pennsylvania, is certain now that Iraq will turn out to be one of the Obama-Biden administration's greatest achievements... Biden did not elaborate on what all the administration's other "great achievements" were so far."

Christina Bellantoni told MSNBC that Biden's comments might give the White House some trouble, but there's truth in them.  
 
"You've actually heard the vice president talk about this for the last few weeks because this is something the administration actually wants to campaign on for these midterm congressional elections in the fall.  They are going to be bringing troops home from Iraq...”
“But it's also, the Administration is doing a surge in Afghanistan so it's also in their best interests to talk about the surge of troops and how that's able to work now.  It's a little different from the Democratic primary."
 
AssociatedContent.com agreed with most people in the blogosphere that Biden’s statement was out of line but also saw it as a sign of progress from the conservative perspective.
 
“Mind it is great that Vice-President Biden is now in favor of the victory in Iraq now that it has been fairly won. But one would think that instead of taking credit for it, perhaps an admission that he and President Obama were wrong might be in order.”

So was Biden justified in what he said? Or is he trying to turn the situation to the administration's advantage?

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