How Joe Biden Got His Foreign Policy Experience

In what the White House billed as a major address on foreign policy last week, Vice President Joe Biden questioned the foreign policy credentials of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. He mocked Romney for once saying that the American people don’t choose their president based on foreign policy experience — a point that candidate Barack Obama proved beyond doubt in 2008.

Since Biden raised the topic, however, it’s worth asking how the man who came up with the idea of dividing Iraq into three autonomous states (remember that idea?) got his own foreign policy experience. To Biden’s credit, he answered the question, as only he could, in the beginning of his speech.

I want to just state parenthetically that you know I ran — not you know, but I ran for the United States Senate when I was 28 years old, and no one in my family on my dad’s side had ever been involved in public life. And as one of my colleagues said, I’m the first United States Senator I ever knew.

And I ran at the time because I thought the policy we had in Vietnam, I didn’t argue it as immoral, but I thought it just didn’t make sense, the notion of dominoes and so on and so forth.

And I came to Washington as a 29-year-old kid. I got elected. Before I was eligible to serve, I had to literally wait to be sworn in because I wasn’t eligible under the Constitution. You must be 30 years old. And my image of the military commanders at the time was, if you ever saw that old movie, if you ever rented it, where Slim Pickens is on the back of an atom bomb, dropping out of an aircraft, yelling, Yippe, Kiyay. (Laughter.) And “Dr. Strangelove” was the movie.

  1. Keith Preston

    What’s really aggravating is that Romney’s veep nominee, whoever it is, will get a political colonoscopy, while this Chauncey Gardner has been a heartbeat away for nearly four years.

    A wicked game of presidential Russian Roulette…

  2. The Mugwump

    When a person can’t articulate a position, it’s an indication that he hasn’t thought the issue through.  The same is true of profanity (It’s a big f****** deal, Mr. President).  Joe Biden is literally thought-less.  He combines the worst characteristics of true narcissist:  high self-esteem and little accomplishment.  But it’s pretty easy for even an idiot prince to dominate a fiefdom the size of Delaware.           

  3. David Williamson
    Jonathan Horn: 

    And I came to Washington as a 29-year-old kid.  I got elected.  Before I was eligible to serve, I had to literally wait to be sworn in because I wasn’t eligible under the Constitution.  

    It’s good to see that Mr Biden followed the Constitution right from the beginning of his “career” in Washington. How did he get on the ballot?

  4. flownover

    The only possible reason that they  chose Biden as Veep was a red herring. If it had been about hair, John Edwards would have been the pick.

    Biden and his Proxmire pubeplants thinks he’s still cool. Raybans ??

    And I think he stole some of Orrin Hatch’s shirts !

  5. Redneck Desi

    What is more shocking – Biden or the paucity of a democratic bench. The only semi-serious guy I can come up with is cuomo. 

  6. tabula rasa

    Biden proves that hanging around Congress for decades does not necessarily make you wise (or, in his case, even knowledgeable).  I know more about quantum mechanics than he does about foreign policy, and I had trouble getting through Algebra II.

  7. Give Me Liberty

    Nearly 4 years ago an 18 year old, former Ron Paul supporter who had then fallen for Obama and hope and change, emphatically told me that the Biden choice for VP brought a great deal of gravitas to the Obama ticket.  No doubt a word he had just heard one of his professors use.  It’s all about the narrative boys, Obama and Biden are geniuses and  evidence to the contrary doesn’t matter.

    For me the question is did Biden’s brain damage occur from a singular event or was it due to something repetitive over time?

  8. Jonathan Horn
    C

    Biden has found a foolproof strategy for hiding gaffes. He makes so many of that no one even notices anymore. That’s how he gets away with crediting Dr. Strangelove with acquainting him with the character of the US military.

  9. Stuart Creque

    One misstep that Sarah Palin made that still rankles me is when she let Biden off the hook in the Vice Presidential debate for saying, “We and France forced Hezbollah out of Lebanon.”  That was the most phenomenally blatant example of making up history I have ever seen, and had Palin called him on it, she would have destroyed the narrative that Biden was a foreign policy expert and she was a foreign policy naif.

  10. Wylee Coyote
    Jonathan Horn: Biden has found a foolproof strategy for hiding gaffes. He makes so many of that no one even notices anymore.

    Call it the chaff strategy.

  11. Jonathan Horn
    C

    Wylee Coyote, I love it: chaff for gaffes.

    Wylee Coyote

    Jonathan Horn: Biden has found a foolproof strategy for hiding gaffes. He makes so many of that no one even notices anymore.

    Call it the chaff strategy. · 12 minutes ago

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