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The Rise Of Obama’s Mr Wrong – Biden

An editorial from the UK’s Telegraph:

Joe Biden: the worrying rise of Barack Obama’s Mr Wrong

Vice-President Joe Biden has been on the wrong side of history on all the big questions, argues Toby Harnden

By Toby Harnden
17 Oct 2009

Want to know how to deal with a momentous issue of war or grand strategy? You could do a lot worse than check out what Vice-President Joe Biden thinks – and plump for the opposite.

Mr Biden was chosen as Barack Obama’s running mate last August because he was old, white and supposedly knew a lot about foreign policy. I say "supposedly" because really Mr Biden’s overseas expertise amounted to having spent a long time as chairman of the Senate foreign affairs committee, knowing the names of lots of world leaders, and being able to josh around amiably with them during congressional junkets across the globe.

What Mr Obama overlooked was that Mr Biden, who served as a senator for tiny Delaware for 36 years, had never run anything in his life, or taken decisions rather than talking about things, at legendary length. Even in the United States Senate, that august body which each week produces enough hot air to transport 1,000 six-year-olds across America, Mr Biden – who sports hair plugs and a set of porcelain-enhanced gnashers that would blind a polar bear – is renowned for his wordiness.

His speech is littered with the word "literally" and he glories in meandering anecdotes about his family and Irish ancestry. When Obama aides tried to muzzle him during the campaign, Mr Biden agreed but would then muse on the stump: "I try to cut this stuff down, not dumb it down, just get down to the quick of the matter, the essence of the matter."

Making fun of Joe Biden is a bipartisan affair. A quip about Biden being a windbag is guaranteed to bring a Democrat and Republican together in Washington.

Mr Obama himself even dabbled in it in February when he responded to a question about yet another Biden gaffe by saying, "I don’t know what Joe was referring to, not surprisingly", prompting stifled sniggers from White House staffers at the back of the room.

A miffed Mr Biden used his weekly lunch with the President to ask him not to "diss" him in public. Mr Obama agreed, scheduling a photo op of the pair eating hamburgers together to demonstrate they were still buddies. The real difficulty with Mr Biden, however, is his judgement.

On all the big questions, he has been – to put it politely – on the wrong side of history. In 1990, he voted against American forces expelling Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. He voted for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and advocated splitting it into three states along ethnic lines. He opposed the Iraq troop surge of 2007 that pacified the country and rescued the US from the jaws of defeat.

Now, Mr Biden is pushing a policy of what he terms "counter-terrorism plus" – a scheme which involves a much smaller military presence in Afghanistan, with al-Qaeda elements being targeted at long range by military drones and smart missiles.

This runs entirely against the counter-insurgency doctrine convincingly outlined by Gen Stanley McChrystal, who wants an extra 40,000 troops to enable Nato forces to protect and influence the people while mentoring the Afghan army and police, and gathering intelligence on the ground.

The problem is that Mr Obama may now be listening to Mr Biden. Having supposedly already settled on an Afghan strategy in March, he is giving a very public impression of Hamlet as he wrings his hands and conducts endless White House debates – with details leaked to the press – about what to do. These Afghanistan policy seminars are principally designed to demonstrate that Mr Obama is not the hot-headed "decider" President George W Bush. But the dithering is projecting a dangerous uncertainty about the West’s intentions to an Afghan people craving assurance that Nato is fully committed, and in for the long haul. More seriously, Mr Obama’s inclination on troop levels seems to be to seek a middle way – a "splitting the baby" option that could be the worst of all possible worlds.

The Left, sensing that Mr Obama is wavering and beginning to rethink his campaign contention that Afghanistan was the "good war" as opposed to Mr Bush’s evil Iraq adventure, is throwing its lot in with Mr Biden. There’s a solidifying conventional wisdom in Washington that Mr Biden’s star is in the ascendant. This week’s Newsweek front cover sporting the vice-president’s steely visage beside the headline "Why Joe is No Joke" is no doubt already framed in the Biden downstairs loo. If Mr Obama really believes that’s true then we could all be in big trouble.

This is a fairly accurate assessment, apart from calling Mr. Biden’s early support for the Iraq invasion a mistake.

In fact, it’s far too kind to this pathological lying psychopath.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “The Rise Of Obama’s Mr Wrong – Biden”

  1. Petronius says:

    Biden “advocated splitting it [Iraq] into three states along ethnic lines.”

    This proposal –– coming as it did from the Left –– always struck me as a bit odd. Odd in that it is a Liberal heresy, inasmuch as multiculturalism is a fundamental and unassailable tenet of Liberal ideology.

    Yet apparently multiculturalism –– in Biden’s mind at least –– is not always considered a strength, or at least it’s not a strength for non-Western nations such as Iraq.

    Clearly if, say, Rush Limbaugh had made this same proposal, he would have been accused of racism, etc., and run out of town on a rail. But for Joe Biden it was taken with a grain of salt –– just another example of Bumbling Joe’s curious but well-meant approaches to foreign policy.

  2. proreason says:

    I’ll take Biden in a nano-second.

    Stupid is better than Evil and Stupid every time.

  3. Ravenwood says:

    If Biden was merely a campaign prop designed to give Obama foreign policy gravitas I could live with that. I am horrified that Obama may be naive enough to actually listen to this buffoon and take his suggestions seriously.

  4. Tater Salad says:

    OBAMA’S “CZARS”– Read who they are and realize what they want to do.


    Czar Position

    Richard Holbrooke
    Afghanistan Czar
    Ultra liberal anti gun former Gov. of New Mexico. Pro Abortion and legal drug use.

    Ed Montgomery

    Auto recovery Czar
    Black radical anti business activist. Affirmative Action and Job Preference for blacks. Univ of Maryland Business School Dean teaches US business has caused world poverty. ACORN board member. Communist DuBois Club member.

    Jeffrey Crowley

    AIDS Czar
    Homosexual.. A Gay Rights activist. Believes in Gay Marriage and Special Status, including free health care for gays.

    Alan Bersin

    Border Czar
    former failed superintendent of San Diego . Ultra Liberal friend of Hilary Clinton. Served as Border Czar under Janet Reno – to keep borders open to illegal’s

    David J. Hayes
    California Water Czar
    Sr. Fellow of radical environmentalist group, “Progress Policy”. No training or experience in water management.

    Ron Bloom
    Car Czar
    Auto Union worker. Anti business & anti nuclear. Has worked hard to force US auto makers out of business. Sits on the Board of Chrysler which is now Auto Union owned. How did this happen?

    Dennis Ross
    Central Region Czar
    Believes US policy has caused Mid East wars. Obama apologist to the world. Anti gun and pro abortion.

    Lynn Rosenthal
    Domestic Violence Czar
    Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Vicious anti male feminist. Supported male castration.

    Gil Kerlikowske
    Drug Czar
    devoted lobbyist for every restrictive gun law proposal, Former Chief of Police in Liberal Seattle. Believes no American should own a firearm. Supports legalization of drugs

    Paul Volcker
    Economic Czar
    Head of Fed Reserve under Jimmy Carter when US economy nearly failed. Obama appointed head of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board which engineered the Obama economic disaster to US economy. Member of anti business “Progressive Policy” organization

    Carol Brower
    Energy and Environment Czar
    Political Radical Former head of EPA – known for anti-business activism. Strong anti-gun ownership.

    Joshua DuBois
    Faith Based Czar
    Political Black activist-Degree in Black Nationalism. Anti gun ownership lobbyist.

    Cameron Davis
    Great Lakes Czar
    Chicago radical anti business environmentalist. Blames George Bush for “Poisoning the water that minorities have to drink.” No experience or training in w ater management. Former ACORN Board member

    Van Jones
    Green Jobs Czar
    (since resigned).. Black activist Member of American communist Party and San Francisco Communist Party who said Geo Bush caused the 911 attack and wanted Bush investigated by the World Court for war crimes. Black activist with strong anti-white views.

    Daniel Fried
    Guantanamo Closure Czar
    Rights activist for Foreign Terrorists. Believes America has caused the war on terrorism.

    Nancy-Ann DeParle.
    Health Czar
    Former head of Medicare / Medicaid. Strong Health Care Rationing proponent. She is married to a reporter for The New York Times.

    Vivek Kundra
    Information Czar
    born in New Delhi, India. Controls all public information, including labels and news releases. Monitors all private Internet emails.

    Todd Stern
    International Climate Czar
    Anti business former White House chief of Staff- Strong supportrer of the Kyoto Accord. Pushing hard for Cap and Trade. Blames US business for Global warming.

    Dennis Blair
    Intelligence Czar
    Ret Navy. Stopped US guided missile program as “provocative”. Chair of ultra liberal “Council on Foreign Relations” which blames American organizations for regional wars.

    George Mitchell
    Mideast Peace Czar
    Fmr. Sen from Maine Left wing radical. Has said Israel should be split up into “2 or 3 “ smaller more manageable plots”. Anti-nuclear anti-gun & pro homosexual

    Kenneth Feinberg
    Pay Czar
    Chief of Staff to TED KENNEDY. Lawyer who got rich off the 911 victims payoffs.

    Cass Sunstein
    Regulatory Czar
    Liberal activist judge believes free speech needs to be limited for the “common good”. Rules against personal freedoms many times –like private gun ownership..

    John Holdren
    Science Czar
    Fierce ideological environmentalist, Sierra Club, Anti business activist. Claims US business has caused world poverty. No Science training.

    Earl Devaney
    Stimulus Accountability Czar
    spent career trying to take guns away from American citizens. Believes in Open Borders to Mexico . Author of statement blaming US gun stores for drug war in Mexico .

    J. Scott Gration
    Sudan Czar
    Native of Democratic Republic of Congo. Believes US does little to help Third World countries. Council of foreign relations, asking for higher US taxes to support United Nations

    Herb Allison
    TARP Czar
    Fannie May CEO responsible for the US recession by using real estate mortgages to back up the US stock market. Caused millions of people to lose their life savings.

    John Brennan
    Terrorism Czar
    Anti CIA activist. No training in diplomatic or gov. affairs. Believes Open Borders to Mexico and a dialog with terrorists and has suggested Obama disband US military

    Aneesh Chopra
    Technology Czar
    No Technology training. Worked for the Advisory Board Company, a health care think tank for hospitals. Anti doctor activist. Supports Obama Health care Rationing and salaried doctors working exclusively for the Gov. health care plan

    Adolfo Carrion Jr..
    Urban Affairs Czar
    Puerto Rican. Anti American activist and leftist group member in Latin America . Millionaire “slum lord” of the Bronx , NY. Owns many lavish homes and condos which he got from “sweetheart” deals with labor unions. Wants higher taxes to pay for minority housing and health care

    Ashton Carter
    Weapons Czar
    Leftist. Wants all private weapons in US destroyed. Supports UN ban on firearms ownership in America . No Other “policy”

    Gary Samore
    WMD Policy Czar
    Former US Communist. Wants US to destroy all WMD unilaterally as a show of good faith. Has no other “policy”.

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