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How do you Explain the War to a 4th-Grader?

Explaining war and politics to young children is hard.

But here's how presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, a notoriously long-winded Democrat from Delaware, explained the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to a group of 4th graders who asked him about the issue today in New Hampshire, according to an Associated Press story:

"Osama bin Laden set up camps there [in Afghanistan], and he was getting a lot of help from folks running that country called Afghanistan. And that's where he planned an attack on America to bring the World Trade Towers down and kill all those innocent Americans. We had a right to, and we should've gone, to Afghanistan to try to get bin Laden and those people who've done very bad things to America," Biden said.

"But the president, I think, he got a little confused," the senator continued. "I think he thought the folks in another country, way, way far away, far from here--it's also far from Afghanistan--called Iraq. He said, 'The guy in Iraq he helped bin Laden do bad things to us,' and he didn't. He wasn't a good guy, but he didn't help. So we used that kind of as an excuse to attack Iraq."

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