Baier Tracks: A view from the ground in Iraq

Largely overlooked in the back and forth about what is being said and done (and not done) on the strategy for dealing with ISIS are the thoughts of the U.S. troops being deployed to Iraq.  Rarely do we get a glimpse into their thoughts, but I received an email from a friend – a special operator who is in contact with his fellow soldiers who have been deployed to Iraq – that provides some insight. My friend said it would okay to pass along what he’s hearing anonymously:  ‘I'm getting notes from the guys over in these operations centers in Iraq. Frustration and confusion reign.  Their commander in chief has deployed them back into harm’s way with a defensive mission to only defend US facilities against ISIS, that it's not a US problem to solve, and the Iraqis must get their act together politically.   Now today he says we are going to destroy and degrade ISIS, and in the same sentence that we are going to only manage them.  Then we have our Vice President in a Howard Dean moment.   My favorite quote of the day from an operator downrange ‘Chase them to the Gates of Hell?   How the F$&k are we going to do that when we can't even leave the front gate of our base!?’”

Interesting perspective from someone redeployed to Iraq.

Race for 2016: The Biden Factor

FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES OF VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SAY THEY ARE ALL BUT CERTAIN HE WON'T RUN AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON IF SHE DOES IN FACT DECIDE TO RUN IN 2016. 
 
POLLS SHOW THE FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE AS THE CLEAR FRONTRUNNER ON THE ROAD TO THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION, BUT PARTY ANGST ABOUT THE CLINTON JUGGERNAUT COULD PAVE THE WAY FOR AN ENTIRE FIELD OF ALTERNATES --INCLUDING MASSACHUSETTES SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN, MARYLAND GOVERNOR MARTIN O'MALLEY, NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO, AND VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN. 
 
TRADITIONALLY IN AMERICAN POLITICS IF THE PRESIDENT IS NOT RUNNING AND THE VICE PRESIDENT WANTS THE PARTY NOMINATION IT IS HIS FOR THE TAKING. FORMER VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY OPTED NOT TO RUN IN 2008 BUT STILL REMAINS A KEY FIGURE IN THE POLITICAL ARENA. 
 
AT SEVENTY ONE, BIDEN IS FIVE YEARS OLDER THAN HILLARY. HE HAS ALSO RUN FOR PRESIDENT TWICE BEFORE, FIRST IN 1988 WHEN HE DROPPED OUT FOLLOWING PLAGIARISM ALLEGATIONS AND AGAIN IN 2008 WHEN DESPITE NOTABLE ENDORESMENTS HE WITHDREW FROM THE RACE AFTER CAPTURING LESS THAN 1% OF THE VOTE IN THE IOWA CAUCUSES.  
 
A BIDEN RUN MAY NOT BE APPEALING ON THE LEFT--ANXIOUS TO BREAK ANOTHER BARRIER.

Vice President Joe Biden's old Cadillac for sale...

In the market for a new vehicle? A 2005 Cadillac with 110,000 miles? Well look no further, because this beauty is described as the "total package" with heated seats and push start speakers. Perhaps even a bonus..it was once owned by Vice President Joe Biden.

A man in Wilmington, DE is selling the Vice President's former vehicle for $15,000. Jeff Finkle says he bought the car when Biden became VP, but he didn't know the vehicle history at first. He discovered the Bluetooth in the Cadillac had Biden's sons--Beau and Hunter--and wife Jill's contact numbers still stored in the system. 

Finkle told Delaware Online that he was tempted to call Jill Biden's number, but opted against it. He also noted that information on the warranty and the dealership confirm the link to the VP.

And the ad says the car needs to go by the end of the month..so who knows..maybe you can make an offer and drive away in style for a real deal--

 

Costco Joe!

Vice President Joe Biden stopped by the grand opening of the Washington, D.C.. Costco store this morning! What did he buy? Children's books, fire logs, a 32-inch TV and an apple pie! He also met with Costco CEO Craig Jelinek and co-founder Jim Sinegal-- both who spoke at the Democratic National Convention this year.


What's our favorite part? That he stopped for the samples!



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Bret previews the VP debate

Vice Presidential Debate

Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan will face off in the vice presidential Debate Thursday evening at Centre College in Danville, KY.  Both Biden and Ryan have taken time off the campaign trail to prepare for Thursday's debate--Biden in his hometown of Wilmington, DE where he has held mock debates with Congressman Chris Van Hollen (playing the role of Ryan) and Ryan has been practicing and watching old debate tapes, including Biden-Palin debate from 2008.


 


So what can we expect from this debate? Well...after Governor Romney's strong performance in the 1st presidential debate in Denver, the pressure is on Paul Ryan to maintain the momentum. We do not really know what to expect from Congressman Ryan in a debate setting on a national stage-- an unknown variable with high expectations. Even without previous debate experience we do know that Ryan has years of experience selling conservative ideas to voters who are not predisposed to liking them. His congressional district in southeastern Wisconsin is one of the most politically balanced in the country, but he has won re-election easily over the past 14 years.


 


And don't expect VP Biden to go into this debate unprepared-- President Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, has been spending time in recent debate sessions with him. He is expected to be on the attack and is under pressure to help the Obama campaign after the Denver debate. He has also been "studying up on Congressman Ryan's positions on the issues."


 


"Obviously, what we expect is the vice president's going to come at me like a cannonball," Ryan said. "They said he won every single primary debate in 2008. So believe you me, I understand that this man is extremely experienced."


 


Both sides view this debate as critical and we will have to wait to see what happens. Who will come out on top? Will there be any gaffes from Biden? Or a gaffe from Ryan perhaps? Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will bring you live debate coverage beginning at 8:55pmET on Fox News Channel and we hope you will tune in to watch! Follow along on Twitter @bretbaier and @megynkelly and let us know what you think!

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