Biden’s Son May Report to Iraq

By Ed O'Keefe

Aug 15, 2007 6:57pm

ABC News’ Brian Wheeler Reports: Senator Joe Biden, D-Dela., says his son’s National Guard Unit has been notified they will be deployed to Iraq in 2008.

According to Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa, Biden told a crowd at the Iowa State Fair, "I don’t want (Beau) going. I don’t want him going, but I tell you what — I don’t want my grandson or my granddaughters going back in 15 years and so how we leave makes a big difference."

In a more pointed shot, the Senator added, "There’s no political point worth my son’s life," referring to Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Democratic rivals who both voted against a troop funding bill in May.

"There’s no political point worth anybody’s life out there," Biden said.

Beau Biden serves as Delaware’s Attorney General and in the 261st Signal Brigade of the Delaware National Guard.  Biden’s campaign staff confirmed to ABC News that Beau Biden’s unit has indeed been told to make ready for deployment to Iraq; inquiries to the National Guard were not immediately returned.

UPDATE: ABC News contacted Lt. Col. Len Gratteri, spokesperson for the Delaware National Guard, who confirmed that the 261st Signal Brigade, of which Beau Biden is a member, is preparing for deployment to Iraq.

According to Gratteri, "The 261st, Beau included, is preparing for deployment to Iraq. About six months ago, they got the notice that they were put on the Army Force Generation List, which informs them they need to be ready to deploy in 2008."

They’re in a bit of limbo state now, during which funding and personnel and administrative issues can be worked out, then comes an alert that says sometime in the next 30 to 90 days they’ll be deploying to Iraq.  Then the 261st will receive a Mobilization Date.

It’s a three step process, Gratteri explained, and they’re on step one.  Told to get ready, but not told they’re definitely going.

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