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Brigades, Joe - not battalions
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, August 28, 2008

I noticed during Joe Biden's speech that he got his military units all wrong. It didn't come as a particular surprise. The Democratic ticket is comprised of two senators with no military experience whatsoever (but 38 years in the Senate - 36 for Biden and 2 for Obama). So when Biden was trying to prop up Obama last night by claiming he was right about Afghanistan, Biden incorrectly claimed it was an additional "2 combat battalions" Obama called for:
Speaking at the Democratic National Convention about Sen. Barack Obama’s foreign policy judgment, Biden stated that Obama has advocated for two additional battalions in Afghanistan.

In fact, Obama called for two extra brigades – a small verbal slip, but a significant numerical one. A brigade is composed of a varying number of battalions. Biden's prepared remarks included the correct term.
Nice to see that vast experience in national security and military matters Joe brings to the ticket displayed so readily last night.
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Since the speech was intended for the freindly crowd within the confines of the convention center, and since the Democrats as a rule couldn’t care less about things military, how much of an effect on the election will that foul-up, and what it reveals, have? None at all seems likely.

Written By: Bithead
I’m willing to let this slide as a gaffe, since his prepared remarks used the correct term.

Which just means this career politician can’t read from a teleprompter.
Written By: Keith_Indy
I don’t know...would we be willing to cut him slack if he’d said DIVISONS instead? Imagine the outcry if Obama actually said he wanted to put 2 divisions in Afghanistan (Imagine the Soviet Russian reaction).

They’re supposed to be experts, they’re going to be in command of these forces.
George Bush can screw up a sentence and there’s no more ’just a gaffe’ forgiveness.
I started out in a forgiving mood on this, but ya know, they don’t forgive, why should I?

Far as I’m concerned, it’s now up there with
1) being in St. Louis,
2) 10,000 dead in the tornado
3) 57 states

When Bush does it, it’s because he’s supposedly got an IQ just north of a block of cheese, when these two eloquent Democratic speakers do it, it’s a gaffe.
Written By: looker
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When Bush does it, it’s because he’s supposedly got an IQ just north of a block of cheese, when these two eloquent Democratic speakers do it, it’s a gaffe.
Roger that.
Written By: Bithead
I just thing there are better things to attack/compare and contrast both Obama and Biden.

Heck, compare and contrast just those two in the realm of experience, and you’ve got an issue that could gain traction.

But other then a succinct chuckle, this isn’t the type of thing the election is going to be won or lost over.
Written By: Keith_Indy
Keith - this is true.
If this lost them the election I wouldn’t want to live here because it would indicate we, collectively, had IQ’s just south of George Bush’s reputed IQ.
Written By: looker
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Joe Biden may have made a(nother) slip of the tongue, but his IQ is MUCH higher than yours. Ask him. He’ll tell you ALLLLLL about how smart he is.
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