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Arianna Huffington calls on Biden to resign

No, not because he’s a moron who can’t say two sentences without including something that’s offensive, obviously false, or plagiarized. Instead, she wants him to resign as a publicity stunt related to Afghanistan.

Joe Biden met with CENTCOM chief Gen. David Petraeus this morning (note: that would be 10/14) to talk about Afghanistan — an issue that has pushed the vice president into the spotlight, landing him on the cover of the latest Newsweek.

I have an idea for how he can capitalize on all the attention, and do what generations to come will always be grateful for: resign.

She goes on to say that he’s the insider poster boy for opposition to a surge there. If he can’t convince Obama to surrender, then Biden should surrender his post according to her.

It’s been known for a while that Biden has been on the other side of McChrystal’s desire for a big escalation of our forces there — the New York Times reported last month that he has “deep reservations” about it. So if the president does decide to escalate, Biden, for the good of the country, should escalate his willingness to act on those reservations.

You can’t help but chuckle at her logic. She wants him to act instead of talk. (Wouldn’t that be a first for him?)

Well, how about making the mea culpa unnecessary? Instead of saving it for the book, how about future author Biden unfetter his conscience in real time — when it can actually do some good? If Biden truly believes that what we’re doing in Afghanistan is not in the best interests of our national security — and what issue is more important than that? — it’s simply not enough to claim retroactive righteousness in his memoirs.

Though it would be a crowning moment in a distinguished career, such an act of courage would likely be only the beginning. Biden would then become the natural leader of the movement to wind down this disastrous war and focus on the real dangers in Pakistan.

Okay let me get this straight. Obama has caved to Iran, North Korea, China, Russia, Hamas, and the Taliban. He has stood firmly against Israel, Honduras, Poland, and the Czech Republic. After surrendering in Iraq (the ‘bad’ war) and in Afghanistan (yesterday’s ‘good’ war), she wants Joe to kick some serious ass in Pakistan (today’s ‘good’ war). Has anyone checked her ouzo consumption lately? She cannot be saying this sober and with a straight face!

Newsweek’s profile makes much of Joe Biden’s loyalty. He’s a “team player,” one close friend says. And after he dissented on Afghanistan this spring he “quickly got on board.”

I have no doubt that Joe Biden is a loyal guy — the question is who deserves his loyalty most? His “team” isn’t the White House, but the whole country. And if it becomes clear in the coming days that his loyalty to these two teams is in conflict, he should do the right thing. And quit.

Obama may be no drama, but Biden loves drama. And what could more dramatic than resigning the vice presidency on principle? And what principle could be more honorable than refusing to go along with a policy of unnecessarily risking American blood and treasure — and America’s national security? Now that would be a Whisky Tango Foxtrot moment for the McChrystal crowd — one that would be a lot more significant than some lame, after-the-fact apology delivered in a too-late-to-matter book.

Here we go again. Biden needs to act “on principle”. As far as I know, his only two principles seem to be that he is free to shoot from the lip with impunity and that one of the Senate seats in DE is permanently reserved for a member of the Biden family.