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Biden Watch: The 70-Percent Obsession

Biden’s loose again, roaming around the diplosphere. His latest contribution to Deep Thought is the somewhat imaginative suggestion that a full 70 percent of Taliban killers don’t really believe in it, and are “essentially mercenaries.” So the grand design to negotiate with them has a good chance of success, you see.

Quite aside from the grand design — an addictive drug in whose toxic grip an epic number of administration big shots and the usual number of pundits are now seized — I’m intrigued by the “seventy percent” figure. He seems to like that number. He trotted it out a while back when talking about the odds of success for Porkulus (or was it the bank bailout?), saying there was a thirty percent chance “we’ll get it wrong.”

How does he calculate these numbers? Have there been polls of Taliban members? Did he check the odds with Las Vegas on Porkulus? Inquiring minds would like to know . . . 

Michael LedeenMichael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...


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