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Slow Joe Biden and Talkin’ Ted Koppel, Con Men

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Slow Joe has an op-ed in the Washington Post today, continuing his decades=long campaign to be thought other than Delaware’s luckiest man.

But with Niel Kinnock replaced by Tony Blair, Slow Joe is left to his own devices, and that’s always dangerous as just about any tape of unrehearsed Joe shows us.

The best bit of Matchstick Man in today’s piece is this:

Recently, 79 Democratic and Republican senators told President Bush we need a detailed, public plan for Iraq, with specific goals and a timetable for achieving each one.

This is of course the reference to the Senate vote on November 15, which Senator Warner cooked up and which was widely understood by most observers to be a rebuke to the president’s Iraq policy –a disastrous bit of maneuvering by the Senate majority which probably ruined Bill Frist’s presidential ambition.

But no matter how ill-conceived the November 15 gambit was, it did not purport to do what Slow Joe Biden casually asserts it did in today’s Post. Biden is lying. No one in the Post’s copy room caught it.

The same sort of indulgence was exercised by Charlie Rose when Ted Koppel let fly with this whopper on Monday night (the transcript if from FreeRepublic, as the official one costs money and takes time):

Rose: When you look at politics today, what the president is going through, you believed what about the Iraqi war in terms of the decision to go?

Koppel: I wasn’t sure that it was the right time to go. I didn’t for a moment doubt that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. I wasn’t convinced that even in the hands of Saddam Hussein that those weapons presented a direct challenge to the United States. Based on my own discussions with people who have access to intelligence, I did not believe — never did, don’t believe it now — that there was a real connection between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. May some al -Qaeda people or known terrorists have made it into Baghdad at some time or another? Sure. They’ve made it into Damascus and they’ve made it into Amman and they’ve made it into Cairo…

Rose: Riyadh, and a lot of other capitals.

Koppel: ‘


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