Biden as VP Candidate

A warm congratulations to Senator Joe Biden on his VP candidate position on the Democratic ticket!

Sen. Biden called me to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Iraq in April 2004, when there was heavy fighting between the Mahdi Army and the US military. He did so on the basis of a journal article I had written on the Sadr Movement in the Middle East Journal, which he had read. That knocked my socks off. People in Washington don't often read journal articles. It struck me as the sort of thing that should happen in our democracy every day -- you write something in your specialty, and your elected representative calls you to talk about it. No lobbies, think tanks, etc. involved.

{josquote}It struck me as the sort of thing that should happen in our democracy every day -- you write something in your specialty, and your elected representative calls you to talk about it.{/josquote}

So it was a positive impression! And in the hearing he was informed and articulate.

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