Posted: September 7, 2007 3:24 PM
In Iraq, Biden Seeks More Mine-Resistant Vehicles
Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., recently went to Iraq to meet with leaders there and tell them only Iraqis can determine their future.
In Ramadi, Biden met with the Reconstruction Forum that includes Iraq’s two vice presidents Tariq al-Hashemi and Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh and the governor of Anbar Province.
“America’s patience is limited. We cannot want peace, stability, prosperity and justice in Iraq more than you do. Iraq’s future is in your hands. Only you can seize it,” he told the forum.
Biden wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urging him to increase the number of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles and provide more protection against “explosively formed penetrators.”
“While neither of us can predict when this war will end, as long as we have a single soldier on the front lines in Iraq, or anywhere else, it is this country’s most sacred responsibility to protect them,” the letter said.
Biden plans to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday and will begin a four-day tour through Iowa with stops in Des Moines, Atlantic, Council Bluffs, Dunlap, Sioux City, Le Mars, Denison, Spencer and Okoboji from Sept. 13 to 16.