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NY Times reports Biden wins Iraq

The New York Times reports that the drawdown in Afghanistan shows Biden’s increased influence in the White House, it also mentions that Biden is a fierce advocate for the President’s priorities (as though the VP has any choice).

Biden’s influence is not news, there were some stronger bits of evidence, for example the Vice President’s schedule which in a typical week shows numerous high-level meetings both with the President and key officials or, perhaps most significantly, the West Wing floor plan.

I still think what is striking about the policy process around Afghanistan is the way Biden played a public “devil’s advocate” role when the traditional VP role has been to exercise influence quietly.

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

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