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Re: Joe Biden, Imbecile [Re: Phred]
    #8985105 - 09/25/08 03:50 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)



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Re: Joe Biden, Imbecile [Re: Phred]
    #9177283 - 11/03/08 12:08 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Heh. I came across this a day or two ago. I had completely forgotten about this, but of course Biden is such a rich font of stupidity it's impossible for anyone with a mere mortal's memory to recall even a tiny fraction of Biden's batshit-crazy foreign policy proposals.

You all know by now what a complete disaster an Obama presidency would be, but even that unthinkable outcome pales into insignificance compared to a Biden presidency.

Here's a stroll down memory lane:


Many believe that Barack Obama chose Joe Biden for his running mate to address a profound weakness on foreign policy.  Power Line points out an example of the Biden prowess on foreign relations that first appeared in The New Republic’s profile of Biden from October 2001.  In a vignette at the end of the article, Biden ponders mightily over how the US should respond to 9/11:


At the Tuesday-morning meeting with committee staffers, Biden launches into a stream-of-consciousness monologue about what his committee should be doing, before he finally admits the obvious: “I’m groping here.” Then he hits on an idea: America needs to show the Arab world that we’re not bent on its destruction. “Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran,” Biden declares. He surveys the table with raised eyebrows, a How do ya like that? look on his face.

The staffers sit in silence. Finally somebody ventures a response: “I think they’d send it back.” Then another aide speaks up delicately: “The thing I would worry about is that it would almost look like a publicity stunt.” Still another reminds Biden that an Iranian delegation is in Moscow that very day to discuss a $300 million arms deal with Vladimir Putin that the United States has strongly condemned. But Joe Biden is barely listening anymore. He’s already moved on to something else.

First, Iranians aren’t Arabs.  They’re Persians, as both Arabs and Iranians would quickly point out to anyone ignorant of the distinction.  They have no relation linguistically or culturally, except that both are predominantly Islamic. One would expect a foreign-policy expert to know at least that much.  Team Obama ridiculed John McCain when he inadvertently mixed up Sunnis and Shi’ites, but this is much more fundamental.

Beyond that, what would a check for $200 million have bought us with the Iranians?  We know what it would have bought for the Iranians — more resources for the nuclear-weapons program already in progress in Tehran.  Bear in mind that this was shortly after the attacks on New York City and Washington had caused billions of dollars in damage and perhaps trillions in economic impact, not to mention the 3,000 lives that terrorists ended on that day.  If Biden wanted to spend $200 million, maybe he would have thought to spend it on Americans, and not the nation that even then was the acknowledged leader in financing terrorism around the world.

I’m sorry, but a man who thinks it appropriate to send hundreds of millions of dollars — “no strings attached” — to a terror-sponsoring regime in order to make America a supplicant of radicals is no foreign-policy genius. 

Being reminded of these things makes me once again shake my head in astonishment at the attacks those ignorant of Biden's record have made on Sarah Palin's lack of experience in foreign policy matters. Biden may have been pontificating on foreign policy for decades, but he's managed to achieve the nearly impossible -- he's been on the wrong side of every single substantive foreign policy issue he's ever involved himself in. Even a random coin toss would have outperformed Ole Slow Joe.

If the Libbies and the press (but I repeat myself) manage to drag their empty suit over the finish line Tuesday night, we better hope and pray the Secret Service is running at 110% efficiency for the next four years.



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