Biden: Obama’s inexperience will prompt nations to test us

posted at 11:05 am on October 20, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Joe Biden continues to try to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory for Barack Obama.  In a stunning statement, Biden acknowledged that Obama’s lack of foreign-policy experience will provoke America’s enemies into creating an international crisis.  Biden apparently thinks this is just terrific:

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., on Sunday guaranteed that if elected, Sen. Barack Obama., D-Ill., will be tested by an international crisis within his first six months in power and he will need supporters to stand by him as he makes tough, and possibly unpopular, decisions.

“Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

“I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,” Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. “And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you – not financially to help him – we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”

Isn’t this an argument for electing someone with more experience?  Why should we elect a man who will embolden our enemies and push us to the brink of disaster?  Biden seems convinced that electing John McCain will make our enemies abroad much less sanguine about provoking us — which is one of the best arguments yet heard for electing McCain.

Even worse, Biden admits that an Obama administration will likely fumble the ball.  “It’s not going to be apparent that we’re right.”  Really?  Why not?  I’d say that Biden admits that Obama will deviate from long-held principles of American foreign policy and diplomacy, and expects to reap a whirlwind of disapproval because of that.  Where will that be most likely to occur, given Obama’s previous political alliances with people like Rashid Khalidi?

Let’s not forget the example that Biden himself uses here.  John Kennedy got tested because he met with Nikita Khrushchev with “no preconditions”.  Kennedy acknowledged afterwards that it was an “unmitigated disaster“:

Kennedy’s aides convinced the press at the time that behind closed doors the president was performing well, but American diplomats in attendance, including the ambassador to the Soviet Union, later said they were shocked that Kennedy had taken so much abuse. Paul Nitze, the assistant secretary of defense, said the meeting was “just a disaster.” Khrushchev’s aide, after the first day, said the American president seemed “very inexperienced, even immature.” Khrushchev agreed, noting that the youthful Kennedy was “too intelligent and too weak.” The Soviet leader left Vienna elated — and with a very low opinion of the leader of the free world.

Kennedy’s assessment of his own performance was no less severe. Only a few minutes after parting with Khrushchev, Kennedy, a World War II veteran, told James Reston of The New York Times that the summit meeting had been the “roughest thing in my life.” Kennedy went on: “He just beat the hell out of me. I’ve got a terrible problem if he thinks I’m inexperienced and have no guts. Until we remove those ideas we won’t get anywhere with him.”

What resulted?  The Berlin Wall and the Cuban missile crisis.  Kennedy wound up trading strategic intel and missile installations in western Asia in exchange for Soviet withdrawal of the nuclear missiles from Cuba.  The entire Kennedy administration turned out to be a foreign-policy disaster that was only overlooked because of the tragic assassination of Kennedy in Dallas in 1963.

I agree with Biden.  Obama is exactly like Kennedy in this regard, and our enemies will test us by threatening our interests around the globe if we elect Obama.  I’d rather avoid the problem altogether and elect a man who puts enough fear into the minds of our enemies to keep them from testing us at all.

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That’s right, keep talking Joe.

JG2K6 on October 21, 2008 at 4:30 AM

There better be a commercial with this as the centerpiece first thing tomorrow

McCain must dump as many dollars as he can afford into this ad. Biden is a Karl Rove plant.

Birdseye on October 21, 2008 at 4:54 AM

My first impression was that Biden’s buying some Lilly’s Of The Field insurance.

I heard Biden’s declaration from Rush who had it in context with Biden begging his audience to remember their faith and trust in Obama when the shit hits the fan.

And when it rains shit on America, Biden will crow “I warned you. You can’t say no one told you so.”

maverick muse on October 21, 2008 at 5:08 AM

Too bad the MSM will bury this story. I think that it would…interesting to those undecided voters out there.

That’s why we need an ad. This is the running mate confirming that his boss is inexperienced. And he said it with such gusto and authority, reminding people to remember what he was going to say even if they remember nothing else!

Alas, McCain is such a dumb campaigner he might think this ad is not the act of a nice guy.

Birdseye on October 21, 2008 at 5:27 AM

MSNBC is reluctantly covering this story on Morning Joe. They are discussing how scary a proposition Biden has brought up, but they are vocal about not trying to beat Biden up with this gaffe of cosmic proportions. As Mika looks through the papers and can’t find coverage of this, the panel is forced (including Dan Rather) to acknowledge that if Gov. Palin had said anything like this it would be splashed all over the front page. They have all been forced to acknowledge the double standard. This is how bad the MSM has gotten – exposed, thanks to the stupidity of Biden that is as deep as we all said it was when were cracking up with BHO’s moronic decision to pick him. October surprise, indeed!

progressoverpeace on October 21, 2008 at 6:17 AM

Perhaps we should be preparing for when these two losers get removed from office for whatever reason. Uhoh, then Nancy would be POTUS.

I’m not a believer but I’m ready to start praying anyway. What else can we do? Osama, er, Obama has already bought the election.

sleepyhead on October 21, 2008 at 7:05 AM

Allright- It’s Tuesday morning, Where’s the ad?

If McCain has decided to forgo beating up Biden over this, I’m going to be ticked, it’s probably part of his “honor” thing because of Obama’s trip to Hawaii which may or may not even be legitimate- I don’t trust anything Obama does these days.

anniekc on October 21, 2008 at 8:06 AM

Biden is singing like a bird. Obama no longer will defer to Biden for advice, but to Powell. And Biden’s not a happy camper to have lost the monopoly on “source of experience”.

maverick muse on October 21, 2008 at 8:23 AM

Quin-essential cases: No Righting Voting Wrongs in Ohio

By Quin Hillyer
Examiner Columnist | 10/21/08 5:30 AM

Topping the list of most important legal cases this election year may be one in which the Supreme Court did not rule, and about which the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) turned a blind eye to justice. Rampant voter fraud may well result.

The nation’s highest court ruled Friday that, for now, a federal district court cannot force Ohio’s Secretary of State to enforce federal elections laws that she is flagrantly ignoring. Oddly enough, the Supreme Court is right: A loophole allows the Secretary of State to make a mockery of the law – unless and until DOJ steps in.

But DOJ is so busy suppressing political speech that it can’t be bothered with enforcing voting laws. This is especially true for voting laws that inconvenience the campaign of Barack Obama – to whom top DoJ election lawyers have given large campaign donations.

This election has been compromised. Obama, the Democrat Party, huge elements of our government, & the Liberal Media have destroyed the integrity of our free election system, therefore have destroyed the integrity of our Democracy.

Keemo on October 21, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Important Update:

Obama & DNC Admit All Allegations of Federal Court Lawsuit – Obama’s “Not” Qualified to be President
Obama Should Immediately Withdraw his Candidacy for President

For Immediate Release: – 10/21/08 – Complete contact details and a pdf are at the end of this article

(Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania: “10/21/08) – Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the Attorney who filed suit against Barack H. Obama challenging Senator Obama’s lack of “qualifications” to serve as President of the United States, announced today that Obama and tbe DNC “ADMITTED”, by way of failure to timely respond to Requests for Admissions, all of the numerous specific requests in the Federal lawsuit. Obama is “NOT QUALIFIED” to be President and therefore Obama must immediately withdraw his candidacy for President and the DNC shall substitute a qualified candidate. The case is Berg v. Obama, No. 08-cv-04083.

Berg stated that he filed Requests for Admissions on September 15, 2008 with a response by way of answer or objection had to be served within thirty [30] days. No response to the Requests for Admissions was served by way of response or objection. Thus, all of the Admissions directed to Obama and the DNC are deemed “ADMITTED.” Therefore, Obama must immediately withdraw his candidacy for President.

More Information:

AdrianS on October 21, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Oh no – Lieberman said it too.

Dave Rywall on October 21, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Every messiah needs a prohet. Too bad for Barak he could only scrounge up a Vice Prophet.

Obama isn’t exactly like Kennedy, because after Obama flubs his first test he already has Biden preping the people to support him and say it was a success no matter how bad he does. Kennedy at least admited that he screwed up even though it was after the fact. They have layed the groundwork so that Barak will never have to admit to a failure. If Americans are triked into to thinking that Barak’s foreign policy dissasters are really successes that have yet to reveal themselves then it will be a lot worse than Kennedy’s.

This is what worries me more than the idea that Barak will be tested in the first 6 months. Barak will stumble and much of America will herald it as a triumph.

Tim Pancoast on October 21, 2008 at 3:16 PM

As much as I dislike Biden and do not like some/many of his decisions and actions (there really aren’t that many though), I have never questioned his allegiance to America.

To me he sounded like a man with something heavy on his mind (a secret?) that is burdening him to the point where he just had to say something to someone so he wouldn’t have to bear the burden alone.

I think there is much more meaning to Biden’s admission and plea for support than we know at this point.

I don’t know what exactly it might be, but whatever he knows, whatever drove him to say what he said, it is important to all of us.

This is one of those times that a free and unbiased press that cares about America would come in handy. Too bad we don’t have one…

DrDeano on October 21, 2008 at 6:31 PM

Joe thinks gaffe–g, a, f, f, e–is a four-letter word.

jgapinoy on October 22, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Obama ‘admits’ Kenyan birth?
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AdrianS on October 22, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Joe Biden is such a fail that Neil Kinnock lost an election

DaveC on October 22, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Why is Biden being hidden from the media?

“… she was lookin’ to do just one good deed before she died” Bob Dylan 1974

Harpoon on October 22, 2008 at 3:16 PM