BIDEN: Gwen, with all due respect, I didn't hear a plan. Barack Obama offered a clear plan. Shift responsibility to Iraqis over the next 16 months. Draw down our combat troops. Ironically the same plan that Maliki, the prime minister of Iraq and George Bush are now negotiating.
Why are they now negotiating it? Because of the success of the surge.
If Iraq were still in the midst of the violence of pre-surge Iraq, there would be no draw down discussions by responsible leaders.
Sen. Obama’s plan is not due to the new factors in Iraq. He was for withdrawing even while violence was high in Iraq and the country was in danger of breaking apart (a three part division was Sen. Biden's plan).
Obama’s plan only sounds reasonable now because the surge has succeeded and Iraqis are showing the ability to take over their own security. But, withdrawal was the Obama plan even when it might have meant civil war and genocide in Iraq.