Skip to comments.Biden on CNN: Al Qaeda Backpack Bombers to Hit U.S. Soon; Claims Iraq "Great Achievement" of Obama
Posted on 02/10/2010 5:39:07 PM PST by kristinn
Vice President Joe Biden taped an interview for broadcast tonight with Larry King to be shown at 9 p.m. EST on CNN.
In the interview Biden says that a 9/11-type mass casualty attack is "unlikely," but that al Qaeda will likely hit the U.S. mainland with backpack bombers in the next few months.
Biden also bragged that Iraq will be one of the "great achievements" of the Obama administration.
Biden said his greatest concern is the nuclear weapons situation with Pakistan and Iran, respectively.
KING: Terror -- last week on terrorism, the heads of the major U.S.
intelligence agencies told Dianne Feinstein that another attempted terrorist attack on the United States is coming certain in the next few months.
KING: What do you make of that?
BIDEN: Well, look, let me put it this way. The idea of there being a massive attack in the United States like 9/11 is unlikely, in my view.
But if you see what's happening, particularly with al Qaeda and the Arabian Peninsula, they have decided to move in the direction of much more small bore but devastatingly frightening attacks.
BIDEN: Detroit. But I think what you're seeing morphing here -- and it's a concern to us -- is you'll see the -- the concern relates to somebody like a shoe bomber or the underpants bomber, the Christmas attack or someone just strapping a backpack on them with weapons that are indigenous and blowing up, you know, walking into (INAUDIBLE)...
KING: So that's going to happen?
BIDEN: Well, I -- I think there are going to be an attempts. I hope we've been -- I've been really impressed. As I said, I've been here for eight presidents. I used to be in the Intelligence Committee. I was chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. It's something I spent my professional life doing. I've been really impressed with the success we've had, building on the last administration, in dealing with these.
BIDEN: -- Pakistan. But you...
BIDEN: Well, you've heard me say that for the last 10 years. I think it's the -- it's a big country. It has nuclear weapons that are able to be deployed. It has a real significant minority of radicalized population. It is -- it is not a completely functional democracy in the sense we think about it. And so it's -- it -- that's my greatest concern.
I am very optimistic about -- about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You're going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer.
You're going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government. I spent -- I've been there 17 times now. I go about every two months -- three months. I know every one of the major players in all the segments of that society.
It's impressed me. I've been impressed how they have been deciding to use the political process rather than guns to settle their differences.
KING: Iran, nuclear.
BIDEN: A concern. A -- a -- a real concern, not an immediate concern in the sense that something could happen tomorrow or in the very near term, but what I worry most about with regard to Iran, if they continue on the path of nuclear weapons and were able to gain even a modicum of the capability, then I worry what that does -- Larry, you know the Middle East, what that -- what pressure that puts on Saudi Arabia, on Egypt, on Turkey, etc. To acquire nuclear weapons. That's...
BIDEN: That's very destabilizing.
Biden doesn't finish his thought on whether the administration will be able to prevent terror attacks on the U.S. homefront, rather he stops in mid-thought and then talks about how "impressed" he is with the job the administration is doing.
Thanks for posting. Biden’s brain lives in la la land or somewhere, it’s definately not here in the realm of reality.
What the frak???
“Claims Iraq “Great Achievement” of Obama”
This doofus added gravitas to the ticket?
Yes, and he has an infamous record of being absolutely wrong on every major foreign policy decision he's made.
Stand up, Joe. How's that fence coming? Is there anyone checking the no flight lists? For that matter, what's being done about all the expired visas? Have Hasan's buddies been investigated? No, I didn't think so.
If ever anyone needed to be kept in an undisclosed location...
Yes, Biden is a dufus. But he IS also the VP and (one would assume) he’s getting solid Intel briefings on a daily basis. If this turns out to be true, it will be a BIG miscalculation on the part of Al Qaeda. If Muslims start detonating themselves on Main Street USA, there will be an unbelievable backlash against anyone who looks like a Muslim who dares enter a public place. In short, it would set the Muslims back 40 years in the USA.
Did biden really just try to take credit for the success in Iraq????
“In the interview Biden says that a 9/11-type mass casualty attack is “unlikely,” but that al Qaeda will likely hit the U.S. mainland with backpack bombers in the next few months.”
Biden acts like backpack bombers is like a new singing group is coming to America. If he is so certain of this why are we just hearing this now? or is this a new manufactured crisis for our commie in cheap?
Iraq was “Bush’s deal”. Born on third, Obama thinks he hit a triple in Iraq.
Great Achievements of Obama
1. Uhhh. UHH.
2. Hughest deficit ever.
Yes... Barack Obama’s Iraq “Surge” was one of his greatest achievements. And Bush was an idiot for putting so much importance on Afghanistan.
Obama would think that backpack bombers would be his greatest achievement.
I thought 'Plugs wanted to split Iraq into thirds.
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