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Alliances and the Blurred Battle Lines Against ISIS in Syria

Posted September 2nd, 2016 at 4:28 pm (UTC-4)
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Battle lines and alliances seem to be getting murkier in the U.S. fight against Islamic State in Syria.
Last month, Turkey sent tanks and warplanes over its border with Syria in an offensive against Islamic State forces while also targeting U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, whose success against ISIS brought it too close for Turkey’s comfort.
On the day the offensive began, Vice President Joe Biden stood side-by-side with Turkey’s prime minister, signaling which ally the U.S. was standing behind.
How the U.S. will keep both Turkey and the Kurds on its side is just one of the many diplomatic dramas playing out as the five-and-a-half year Syrian civil war continues with no end in sight.

Joe Biden Didn’t Lose Iraq

Posted May 3rd, 2016 at 4:16 pm (UTC-4)
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Blame Biden if you must, or criticize his unfortunate timing, but we’d be far worse off without him. Given Obama’s inherent antipathy toward Iraq, and the chronic disorganization of administration policy elsewhere, the White House has been lucky to have Biden as the adult in the room.

Bye Bye Biden

Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 4:55 pm (UTC-4)
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Barring unforeseen circumstances, the political career of Joe Biden is over. The 72 year-old U.S. vice president has decided not to run for higher office. Biden is the embodiment of how one’s political views evolve with age. At 29, he was one of the youngest people ever elected to the Senate in 1972. But that Joe Biden may be unrecognizable to his would-be supporters for a third presidential run. Pro-civil rights and pro-civil liberties. Anti-busing and anti-abortion. He co-sponsored the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act, which established harsher sentences for crack cocaine than powder cocaine convictions — something his current boss, President Barack Obama, is working to reform. Personal tragedy has bracketed Biden’s professional tenure, helping fuel his ambition, and eventually, sapping it. While he likely will not achieve his livelong goal of being president, his life is long on achievements.

Anybody but Hillary? The Case for Biden-Warren 2016

Posted September 30th, 2015 at 4:36 pm (UTC-4)
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…On a second look, I like what I’m seeing…. Along with many millions of people, I was mighty impressed by Biden’s mid-September interview with Stephen Colbert. Talking with frankness about his faith and how he’s coped with more than his share of loss in his life — in addition to the death in May of his 46-year-old son […]

Joe Biden, The Realist, For President?

Posted September 28th, 2015 at 9:42 am (UTC-4)
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While many Democrats might be worried that a Joe Biden candidacy might further divide an already fractious party, one group is certainly hoping that he jumps into the race—foreign-policy realists. If the vice president decides to sit it out, interventionism will retake the White House in 2017.

Joe Biden Can Rescue the Democrats

Posted September 24th, 2015 at 9:18 am (UTC-4)
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Here’s an idea: Biden should run to rescue the Democratic Party from the fringe. Much has been made of Donald Trump’s candidacy and what his brand of politics says about today’s Republican Party. Much less has been said about the changes taking place with the Democrats.

A Biden Run Could Inject Life into Democrats’ Race

Posted August 4th, 2015 at 4:36 pm (UTC-4)
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…The garrulous, gregarious Biden — Barack Obama’s VP and for 36 years before that a U.S. senator from Delaware — may never benefit from better timing.  Clinton dominates polling among Democrats, but her standing among independents or general election what-ifs is weakening.

Biden: Helping Ukraine … is critical to checking further aggression down the road.

Posted June 3rd, 2015 at 2:31 pm (UTC-4)
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