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In the runup to the 2008 presidential election, the liberal media basically ran against Sarah Palin, not John McCain. I can't remember the second banana on the ticket ever causing such a fuss, as did Palin. We were warned repeatedly how tragic it would be if Palin became VP, a mere heartbeat away from the top job. Could we imagine having a dolt like Palin so close to the presidency ?, they cried. I always wanted to respond, "whaddya mean, imagine it ? It's going to happen, and his name is Joe Biden !". Somehow, the same media that was peeing it's collective pants over Palin had no objection to the Gaffemaster General in the VP slot. Go figure. The frequency of Biden gaffes corresponds roughly to the number of times he opens his mouth. Last week, Biden outed Obama's "evolution" on gay marriage before Obama wanted him to. The week before that Biden went around questioning whether Romney would have made the call to get Bin Laden, when Biden himself didn't want to go after Bin Laden at Abbottobad. In effect, Biden was saying we can't trust Biden to be the President.
Biden's gaffes go well beyond his continual instances of foot-in-mouth disease. His decisions on foreign policy serve as a pretty good contra-indicatior of what should be done. He's like the Wrong Way Corrigan of foreign policy. This is odd, because foreign policy is supposed to be Biden's strength. He was a long-time member and former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Not only did Biden (not Romney) make the wrong call on Bin Laden, but consider Biden's positions on Iraq and Afghanistan, our central areas of foreign conflict. Biden voted against the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait in 1991, and then turned around and voted for the Iraq War in 2002. How does one reconcile those two positions ??? When Saddam was actively attacking another country, BIden said 'no' to intervention. When Saddam wasn't attacking anyone, Biden said 'yes' to intervention. In 2006, when Biden and the rest of the Democrats were pretending like they never voted for the Iraq War because things were not going well (note the steel-like spines and rock solid conviction), Biden proposed his inane three-state solution, which was condemned by all three Iraqi ethnic groups. Biden may as well have called for ethnic cleansing. Disgustingly, a nonbonding resolution supporting Biden's idiotic plan received overwhelming support in the Senate. Current Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton voted for it. Obama, in typical Obama fashion, was absent that day (I assume Obama would have shown up if he could have voted 'present'). Biden also opposed the surge in Iraq that turned that war from a potential failure into a success. Biden initially called the surge "a significant mistake with regard to our policy in Iraq". In 2008, after it was clear the surge had turned the Iraq War around in our favor, Biden declared the surge to be a failure. Basically, every call Biden ever made on Iraq was completely wrong...and, I repeat, foreign policy is supposed to be Biden's strength. God forbid what ideas he'd come up with in areas where he's not an expert.
Now, of course, clown Biden calls Iraq one of OBAMA'S "great achievements". You couldn't make this stuff up.
On Afghanistan, Biden said the following in December 2011: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests." No, there isn't a SINGLE statement where Obama has called the Taliban the enemy, there are MANY of them. Here's but one: "For the Afghan people, a return to Taliban rule would condemn their country to brutal governance, international isolation, a paralyzed economy and the denial of basic human rights to the Afghan people -- especially women and girls. The return in force of al-Qaida terrorists who would accompany the core Taliban leadership would cast Afghanistan under the shadow of perpetual violence. As president, my greatest responsibility is to protect the American people. We are not in Afghanistan to control that country or to dictate its future. We are in Afghanistan to confront a common enemy that threatens the United States, our friends and allies, and the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan who have suffered the most at the hands of violent extremists." What kind of boob doesn't realize the Taliban is our enemy after we've been fighting in Afghanistan for a decade trying to prevent the return of the Taliban to power ? A boob like Joe Biden, that's who.
Then there was Biden's brilliant post-9/11 idea to give a pile of money to…drumroll please…IRAN. Biden thought that gesture would show the Arab world we don't hate them and don't want to destroy them. Here's the quote, "'Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran". You're a genius, Joe. Giving money to a terrorist-supporting state like Iran was JUST the thing to do after America was attacked by, you know, terrorists. If only Al Qaeda had a P.O. box, then we could have sent the money straight to them.
Ironically, Biden is on the campaign trail saying Romney doesn't have the foreign policy experience to be President. Biden speeches should be accompanied by a laugh track.
I've only scratched the surface of Biden's nearly endless string of gaffes and policy errors, but it would take a book to document all of it.
Wake up, media. Joe Biden isn't fit to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Where's all the media fear-mongering in this election cycle, like there was when Palin was the candidate ? If I didn't know better, I'd think the silence was due to the fact Biden is a Democrat. And don't' give me that "McCain was old" crap. We've had assassination attempts against almost every American President during my lifetime, and one was assassinated. If we can't have ineptitude waiting in the wings, we can't have Biden.