Biden Declares Troop Surge a Failure

By Jennifer Parker

Apr 26, 2007 1:36pm

ABC News’ Brian Wheeler Reports: On the day of the Democrats first rumble in South Carolina and a critical vote demanding the President begin withdrawing troops from Iraq, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., said Thursday that the troop surge plan in Iraq has failed. 

"The surge is not succeeding, and the president refuses to see that," Biden declared to reporters on a conference call.
"It’s like squeezing a water balloon, you squeeze it in one place, it bulges somewhere else," said Biden, who has advocated a decentralized federal system in Iraq.

The Senator warned that if Bush vetoes Congress’ war spending bill which sets Oct.1 as a withdrawal date for U.S. troops in Iraq, "He’s going to be the one cutting off assistance to our troops … I hope the President understands how damaging his vetoing of the legislation will be."

When asked if he would argue his case for a federal Iraq in Thursday’s debate, Biden said, "Assuming the questions are asked about Iraq, I’m going to press what I feel is the only rational answer to deal with the single biggest problem the country faces now."

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