Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, says that by electing an inexperienced untested candidate in Obama, the world will immediately test America.
What a gift to the Republicans!
Which tough guys will fear Obama? Not many.
The world will want to test what it can get away with as Obama takes office.
Joe Biden is a gaffe machine.
He won’t shut up.
Obama was a fool to select him and is getting what he deserves.
John F. Kennedy was similarly tested early, notes Biden. Kennedy was tested by Nikita Kruschev and bested.
Ronald Reagen was similarly inexperienced. The Iranians didn’t want to mess with him, sending the hostages back on his inauguration day.
"The world is not going to mess with a John McCain," says Charles Krauthammer. "It will mess with an inexperienced [Obama]."
SEATTLE, WA — Joe Biden says he’s certain that if Barack Obama is elected president, there will be an international crisis to test his strength within the first 6 months of his presidency.
“Mark my words. 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.” he told a fundraising crowd in the Pacific Northwest on Sunday. “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.”
“He’s gonna have to make some really tough – I don’t know what the decision’s gonna be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it’s gonna happen.”
The Delaware Senator made similar remarks at a San Francisco fundraiser the day before. “We’re going to face a major international challenge. Because they’re going to want to test him, just like they did young John Kennedy. They’re going to want to test him. And they’re going to find out this guy’s got steel in his spine,” Biden said. He told the crowd to continue to stand by Obama and know they made the right choice even when the going gets tough.
I’ve only got two points to add, but they literally fill me with dread:
This grim prediction is Biden’s own best-case scenario — that is, he thinks that Obama will make correct decisions in response to the crisis, but they will seem incorrect even to the Americans whose support Biden is now soliciting in advance.
As Scott Johnson pointed out: "In Portland on May 18, Obama cited John F. Kennedy’s 1961 summit with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna among the series of negotiations that led to America’s triumph over the Soviet Union in the Cold War." Thus, despite his own Ivy League education and his having surrounded himself with supposed experts in foreign affairs, Obama has remained so ignorant of world history that he genuinely thought JFK’s Vienna summit was a success. Instead, even Kennedy and his staff immediately realized that it had been a colossal failure, and history has shown that failed summit to have been a direct precursor to provocations which brought the world to the brink of nuclear war, including the Communists’ erection of the Berlin Wall and the Soviets’ emplacement of nuclear missiles in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
How can we hope along with Biden for a best-case scenario — when the would-be new president doesn’t even know the most critical basic facts about the historical precedents for the challenges he is bound to face?