INDIANOLA, Iowa – Vice President Joe Biden trumpeted the tentative agreement between Russia and the United States to press for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons as a signal success of the Obama administration’s foreign policy Sunday, telling a crowd of Democrats here that it was a credit to President Barack Obama’s “absolutely clear” vision for foreign policy.
At Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak-fry fundraiser, Biden told a hushed audience that it was thanks to the White House that the world was taking action against a “fundamental violation of human rights” – Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people.”
Harkin, who is retiring from the Senate after 2014, lauded the de-escalation of the Syria crisis in even more emphatic terms.
“This happened because of the strength, the wisdom, the courage of President Obama; this guy right here, Vice President Joe Biden; and our great secretary of state, John Kerry,” Harkin said. “He reached this agreement with the international community to secure [Syria’s chemical weapons and] dismantle them by 2014.”
Said Harkin: “We didn’t lose one American life. That’s leadership, folks. That’s leadership.”