June 17, 2009

Biden has answers for Iran. No really.

Think back a ways, beyond the election of President Obama on November 4th, 2008. Think back to the election campaign itself. Specifically, think back to August 25th, 2008. The day that then candidate Obama, chose Joe Biden as his running mate.

The conventional wisdom, was that this was indeed, wisdom, because Joe Biden brought some much needed experience to the Democratic ticket.

“Joe Biden is that rare mix -- for decades, he has brought change to Washington,
but Washington hasn't changed him,” Obama said.

He's an expert on foreign policy whose heart and values are rooted firmly in the middle class. He has stared down dictators and spoken out for America's cops and firefighters. He is uniquely suited to be my partner as we work to put our country back on track.”

Biden, 65, has represented his small mid-Atlantic state for 36 years. Best known for his international relations and national security experience, Biden chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has a powerful role in shaping U.S. foreign policy. He has traveled to many countries as a U.S. senator, most recently to Georgia, where he met with the country’s president.

Biden sought the presidency himself in 1988 and again in 2008, when he withdrew from the race after the Iowa caucuses. Political experts considered him a likely vice presidential contender, noting that Biden’s foreign policy resume may alleviate concern among some voters that Obama does not have enough experience to handle difficult international issues.

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So now that we have a bit of a situation in Iran, I have only one question. Where are they hiding Joe Biden? Seriously. Surely he has all the answers President Obama needs but seems to be unable to find on his own.

Well, it turns out Politico has the answers for us. apparently he feels "there's some real doubt" on whether Ahmadinejad won the election. But on Meet The Press, he felt it was too soon to render a more definitive judgement. This a day after images out of Iran were showing youths battling what amounts to Iranian storm troopers.

[insert sound of crickets chirping]

So this explains the cautious approach taken by the White House. Joe Biden has declared, with his wealth of meaningful foreign policy experience, that it's too early to be decisive. It explains the tepid non-responses from the President and Press Secretary Gibbs.

I know personally, I feel a whole lot better knowing that with the wealth of foreign policy experience Joe Biden brings to the table, the President is taking the smart course of non-action. This is why he was chosen. He's sure earning his keep now.

Can anyone say Zbigniew Brzezinski?

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