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.”
“Others have used it, but [Obama] wasn’t going to allow it to happen on his watch,” Biden said. “He is, in fact, the reason why the world community is facing up, finally, finally” to the destruction in Syria.
Biden’s remarks, coming at a high-profile political event in the leadoff presidential caucus state, are the most unambiguous victory lap the administration has taken over its response to Syria. He hailed Secretary of State John Kerry as “one of the best secretaries of state so far in the history of the United States of America,” and pointed to the Syria resolution headed to the United Nations this week as a path to the “verifiable” destruction of Assad’s chemical weapons stockpile.
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