Joe Biden 2012: Can you believe Mitt Romney wants to hit Syria?

Via the Corner, an amazing clip — even more amazing than when it first made the rounds a year ago, when Obama announced that he wanted to bomb the opposite side of the conflict in Syria from the one we began bombing last night. In the year since, literally every Romney 2012 position mocked by Biden in the clip below has turned out to be prescient. Romney said it was a mistake to bring everyone home from Iraq. Verdict: Yep, pretty much. Romney said we should be more confrontational and less cooperative with Russia. Verdict: You tell me. Romney implied he’d intervene in Syria to keep chemical weapons out of the hands of jihadis. Verdict: President “Red Lines” adopted the same position less than a year later. Romney claimed it was a mistake to set a date for total withdrawal from Afghanistan. Verdict: The jury’s out but I know which way I’m betting. The only detail here that hasn’t come to pass and likely won’t is what Biden says about Romney allegedly wanting war with Iran, but in reality Romney’s policy during the campaign wasn’t appreciably different from Obama’s. Funny though it may seem now, Obama took a hawkish line on Iranian nuclear weapons in both of his presidential campaigns, not unlike how he opposed gay marriage in 2008: No one believed he was sincere in either case but the pretense shielded him from a lot of political heat. Fast-forward to 2014 and the White House is now reduced to begging Iran to disconnect some of the pipes attached to their uranium centrifuges in lieu of removing the centrifuges themselves, just so that Obama can claim that Iran’s nuclear program has been kinda sorta taken offline if you squint hard and try not to think about it too much.

All of which is to say, what you’re watching here is not just an unusually vivid reminder of what a schmuck Biden is. You’re watching to see how arrogant he and Obama are in their schmuckiness. It’s not enough to get literally everything wrong; you need to be can-you-believe-this-guy contemptuous of your opponent in doing so for maximum effect. Exit quotation from Bob Gates, writing in his memoir about the man who’s one heartbeat away from leading the free world: “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”