This isn't the first glimpse into what Joe Biden really thinks. Who can forget he said this about Obama in August 2007: "The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training." In that same month he described Obama's foreign policy this way: "Having talking points on foreign policy doesn't get you there."
Biden on Obama:
While Biden's remarks reminded many of the Cuban Missile Crisis which the Soviets unleashed after they perceived weakness from the inexperienced and untested President John F. Kennedy, Ed Morrissey saw flashbacks to Jimmy Carter:
I’ve said for months that Obama would serve the second term of the Jimmy Carter administration on both economics and foreign policy. Carter’s inaction on Afghanistan and Iran certainly worked out well for us, didn’t it? Both gave rise to Islamic fundamentalism, and eventually forced us to go to war to fight it at great cost and difficulty.While Joe Biden appears to be in hiding, Sarah Palin is out there proud, loud and strong:
Excerpts of Gov. Palin in Reno, Nevada
October 21, 2008
...Did you hear what Senator Biden said at a fundraiser on Sunday? He guaranteed that if Barack Obama is elected, we'll face an international crisis within the first six months of their administration. He told Democrat donors to mark his words – that there were “at least four or five scenarios” that would place our country at risk in an Obama administration. Thanks for the warning, Joe!
He didn't specify what all those four or five scenarios will be, but for clues, let's review the Obama foreign policy agenda.
Our opponent wants to sit down with the world's worst dictators. With no preconditions, he proposes to meet with a regime in Teheran that vows to “wipe Israel off the map.” Let's call that crisis scenario number one.
Senator Obama has also advocated sending our U.S. military into Pakistan without the approval of the Pakistani government. Invading the sovereign territory of a troubled partner in the war against terrorism. We'll call that scenario number two.
He opposed the surge strategy that has finally brought victory in Iraq within sight. He's voted to cut off funding for our troops, leaving our young men and women at grave risk. He wants to pull out, leaving some 25 million Iraqis at the mercy of Iranian-supported Shiite extremists and al Qaeda in Iraq. By his own admission, this could mean our troops would have to go back to Iraq. Crisis scenario number three.
After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine next. That would be crisis scenario number four.
But I guess the looming crisis that most worries the Obama campaign right now is Joe Biden's next speaking engagement. Let's call that crisis scenario number five.
The real problem is that these warnings from Joe Biden are similar to his earlier assessment of Barack Obama. It wasn't so long ago that he said Barack Obama wasn't up to the job, and that, quote, “the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.”
The same Joe Biden said he would be honored to run on the ticket with John McCain because, quote, “the country would be better off.” And here we have some common ground. I want a president who spent 22 years in uniform defending our country. I want a president who isn't afraid to use the word “victory” when he talks about the wars we are fighting. I want a president who's ready on Day One. I want a president with the experience and the judgment and the wisdom to meet the next international crisis – or better yet to avoid it. I want John McCain as our commander-in-chief.