Slow Joe Biden, the Senate’s gift to talk radio, had another wonderful moment on the Senate floor today:
Let me say something that I’m going to be reminded of I am sure again and again and again. Having been here for 34 years you should not make statements I am about to make lightly. But I am reminded of it by the comments made about Cambodia. This –we have a “sell by” date. You know when you buy milk, it says “sell by by a certain date” or it turns sour. There’s a sell by date here folks, for us to change policy, because if we do not change policy in a radical way in this calender year I believe we will be left with one of two alternatives. We either have a chance now to change policy and maybe salvage, maybe salvage a circumstance in Iraq where as we gradually leave we will not have traded a dictator for chaos and possibility of a regional war. That’s alternative one. I think the alternative two is Saigan revisited. We will be lifting American personnel off the roofs of buildings in the Green Zone if we do not change policy and pretty drastically. Because not a single person in here knows anything about the military who can tell me that they think there is any possibility of us sustauining 160,000 forces in Iraq this time next year.
What my friend from Arizona did not say about this: Leading generals in the military say straightforwardly we are breaking –let me emphasize that– breaking the United States military. Breaking thethe United States military. We have fewer, put it another way, we have more professionally trained Academy graduates like my friend from Arizona leaving the military after five years than we have any time in the last 30 plus years. The cream of the crop are being broken by this failed, failed policy in Iraq and what’s worse is not that its a failed policy but its impervious to recommendations made by the most informed people in both political parties inside and outside the government. The polical solution is somehow the Iraqis will have an epiphany –I know Muslims don’t have epiphanies, that’s a Christian thing– will have an epiphany and all of sudden they are going to get together, realizing what’s stake and form this unity government that can deliver.
I suppose it is too much to expect Slow Joe to recall that South Vietnam fell to a conventional invasion from the North backed by the Soviet Union and the PRC because clearly a fellow who doesn’t understand the different definitions of “epiphany” but understands it to mean exclusively as the Epiphany is not going to do well comparing 1975 and 2007.
As for Slow Joe’s assertion about retention rates at the “Academy graduates,” not only is Biden’s assertion that non-Academy graduates are never “cream of the crop,” but Joe is simply twistiung facts. here’s a chart of the five year retention rate from just West Point:
Here it seems that Joe is a victim of headline reading —the Boston Globe recklessly allowed their agenda-journalism headline to circulate among the big-print loving Joe, even though the stats don’t back up the Globe’s own headline. In any event, this story applies only to West Point, not the other Service academies, for which I could find no data.
One reason to vote against the eventual Democratic nominee is that he or she spent months on the campaign trail in close proximity to Slow Joe, a level of exposure to absurd arguments and bad data almost certain to injure anyone’s capacity to reason.