Biden: Bush Running out the Clock in Iraq

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Delaware Democrat Joe Biden's Iraq analysis:

A significant portion of this administration, maybe even including the vice president, believes Iraq is lost. They have no answer to deal with how badly they have screwed it up. I am not being facetious now. Therefore, the best thing to do is keep it from totally collapsing on your watch and hand it off to the next guy.

It has a certain Ockham's razor like quality to it, doesn't it?

It sounds like Biden's given up on this war, which I take as a definitive sign of defeat. Say what you will about Biden, he took the costs and responsibilities of this war seriously. Unlike others in his party he really did try to focus on this as an American committment, not the president's war.

Accordingly, he doggedly attempted to help the administration right the course in Iraq. But it's now clear to him, and to everyone who saw the Saddam snuff film, that there's no Iraq to be redeemed.

Vengeful sectarianism has trumped any overriding sense of national unity. And there's nothing our military can do now to turn that tide. By supporting the Maliki government we're simply sanctioning the actions of the Shiia Death Squads also known as the Interior Ministry.

There are no good solutions, but Bush's plan to put more fingers in a dike that's about to burst will not save his legacy from the harshest judgments of history.