Beltway Happenings
July 16, 2006--In an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. Joe Biden, who recently made his seventh visit to Iraq, stated, "I don't believe the President has a Middle East policy."  Asked about Iraq Biden stated, "No, we're not winning the war because we do not have a political solution to offer."  He outlined three elements of a political solution: encourage Sunnis to buy into the process by giving them a share of the oil; disarm the militia; and revive the civilian agencies and bureaucracy.  On North Korea Biden said the country's leaders act with "an 8th grade mentality;" and he said the United States should hold high-level one-on-one talks, make our position very clear and make clear to the leaders that if they do anything untoward"we will annihilate you."  Former Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared jointly with Biden on the program.
Joe Biden

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