Obama Steals Biden's Al Qaeda/Pakistan Plan

The Biden for President Campaign today congratulated Sen. Barack Obama for arriving at a number of Sen. Biden's long-held views on combating Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Much of what Senator Obama has proposed Senator Biden has already initiated or accomplished.

As part of the 9/11 bill that passed Congress last week, Senator Biden and Representative Lantos wrote the law that conditions aid to Pakistan on its cooperation with the United States in combating Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Before writing the law, Biden wrote to President Musharraf and Secretary Rice making clear his intent to do so.

Starting in January, Senator Biden has repeatedly called for surging more forces out of Iraq and into Afghanistan.

At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on January 30th, 2007, Sen. Biden discussed the need for a surge in Afghanistan at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing.

At this same hearing, Sen. Obama asked two questions - he did not address Afghanistan or Al Qaeda or Taliban. The first was on the topic of Iran; the second was on an issue that he admitted "seems somewhat parochial, but I think, as you'll see, is of concern across the world." Obama discussed the "stunning level of mercury in fish" and asked about a proposal for the U.S. adopt a ban on mercury sales abroad?

http://www.joebiden.com/home

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0807/Biden_Obama_stole_my_ideas.html

Tags: Afganistan, al qaeda, Barack Obama, Iraq, joseph biden, Middle East, pakistan (all tags)

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6 Comments

Re: Obama Steals Biden's Al Qaeda/Pakistan Plan

I couldn't find the source for your info on the site.

by DoIT 2007-08-01 10:22AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Steals Biden's Al Qaeda/Pakistan Plan

I don't care. I say this as an Edwards supporter.

by bruh21 2007-08-01 10:58AM | 0 recs
He really is ...

He doesn't seem to have any of his own ideas.  His handlers are riffing off the other campaigns and feeding it to Obama one que card at a time.

by dpANDREWS 2007-08-01 11:00AM | 0 recs
Biden calling plagiarism? Biden??!!!

It's Joe Biden whining from the sidelines to try to make himself relevant.

Presidential leadership doesn't require that a candidate -- or a president -- own personal authorship of every idea
he or she presents. Was Joe Biden the first person anywhere to have the ideas he's talking about or to utter them
within someone else's earshot? Of course not. People are saying and writing truthful and important things about
foreign policy all the time, and -- no doubt -- some of these people's ideas have found their way into Joe Biden's
Senate statements.

But presidential leadership also isn't just about what you say in the Senate cloister. It's about crystallizing related
ideas into a coherent vision and placing that vision before the public in a compelling way, so that the country can
use it to move forward. That's what Obama has done.

Of course, Obama has the platform to do this -- and will get credit for the ideas -- because of his standing in the
race. That Biden regards himself as the foreign policy expert among the Democratic candidates and that he also
takes pride in his own oratorical skills makes all of this hard to swallow for him.

We could dismiss Biden's press release as jealous desperation if it weren't Biden himself who had to abandon
his 1988 presidential run when it was discovered that he had plagiarized an entire speech -- !!! -- from
British labor leader Neal Kinnock.

Biden's not just desperate on this one -- he's tragically absurd.

by horizonr 2007-08-01 12:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Biden calling plagiarism? Biden??!!!

...of course it could also take a plagiarist to recognize another one.  

by georgep 2007-08-01 01:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Biden calling plagiarism? Biden??!!!

Head spun off yet?

by horizonr 2007-08-01 04:34PM | 0 recs

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