Biden: I am very optimistic about Iraq. I think its gonna be one of the great achievements of this administration. Youre gonna see 90,000 troops come marching home by the end of the summer. Youre gonna see a stable Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government Ive been impressed by how theyve been deciding to use the political process rather than guns to settle their differences.
That was February 11, 2010
Wonder if they could have fought back against the current crop of invaders if we had not taken their guns?
By MICHAEL R. GORDON
Published: May 21, 2003
Iraqi citizens will be required to turn over automatic weapons and heavy weapons under a proclamation that allied authorities plan to issue this week, allied officials said today.
The aim of the proclamation is to help stabilize Iraq by confiscating the huge supply of AK-47’s, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons that are used by criminal gangs, paramilitary groups and remnants of the Saddam Hussein government.
Iraqis who refuse to comply with the edict will be subject to arrest. Only Iraqis authorized to use military-type weapons because of their police or military duties will be exempt.
‘’We are in the final stages of formulating a weapons policy to put rules on who can and cannot possess a weapon,’’ Lt. Gen. David D. McKiernan, the chief allied land commander said in an interview. ‘’We want to get explosives and AK’s out of the wrong hands.’’
I have not seen or heard from Biden in months.