ALERT, ALERT, MEMO to McCain Campaign, you need to cut a commercial right now, this is scary, this is political gold for your campaign, but it is scary to think that Obama and Biden could get elected. You need to have McCain on the stump right now, demanding that Obama answer and explain what in the hell Biden is talking about, and why Biden is projecting weakness to our enemies.
ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., on Sunday guaranteed that if elected, Sen. Barack Obama., D-Ill., will be tested by an international crisis within his first six months in power and he will need supporters to stand by him as he makes tough, and possibly unpopular, decisions.
“Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “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. 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.”
“I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,” Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. “And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you - not financially to help him - we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”
Not only will the next administration have to deal with foreign affairs issues, Biden warned, but also with the current economic crisis.
“Gird your loins,” Biden told the crowd. “We’re gonna win with your help, God willing, we’re gonna win, but this is not gonna be an easy ride. This president, the next president, is gonna be left with the most significant task. It’s like cleaning the Augean stables, man. This is more than just, this is more than – think about it, literally, think about it – this is more than just a capital crisis, this is more than just markets. This is a systemic problem we have with this economy.”
Do you think Biden is finished, no, no, no, my friends, he has just started:
“There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don’t know about that decision’,” Biden continued. “Because if you think the decision is sound when they’re made, which I believe you will when they’re made, they’re not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they’re popular, they’re probably not sound.”
Biden emphasized that the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border is of particular concern, with Osama bin Laden “alive and well” and Pakistan “bristling with nuclear weapons.”
“You literally can see what these kids are up against, our kids in that region,” Biden said in recalling when his helicopter was forced down due to a snowstorm there. “The place is crawling with al Qaeda. And it’s real.”
“We do not have the military capacity, nor have we ever, quite frankly, in the last 20 years, to dictate outcomes,” he cautioned. “It’s so much more important than that. It’s so much more complicated than that. And Barack gets it.”
After speaking for just over a quarter of an hour, Biden noticed the media presence in the back of the small ballroom.
“I probably shouldn’t have said all this because it dawned on me that the press is here,” he joked.
On so many different levels this speech is horrible. Here is a flashback to the 2004 presidential campaign.
President Bush masterfully kept asking John Kerry a question on the stump:
Bush, whose administration cited the weapons and alleged terrorist links to justify the war, challenged the Democratic presidential nominee on Friday at a campaign rally in Stratham, N.H., to tell voters whether intelligence disclosures since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 would have altered his position on the war. ”My opponent hasn’t answered the question of whether, knowing what we know now, he would have supported going into Iraq,” Bush said. ”The American people deserve a clear yes-or-no answer.”
And Kerry took the bait:
In response, Kerry, distinguishing between invading Iraq and authorizing the action said, ”Yes, I would have voted for the authority. I believe it was the right authority for a president to have.” Kerry has said the decision to invade rested with the president.
As I wrote months ago, Kerry answered like the oaf that he was:
Idiot move of all time. All Kerry had to do was say was, “Why is George Bush asking me how I would have voted if I could go back in time, he is the President of the United States, why does he need my advice, the Iraq war is Bush’s war, the buck stops with the President, he made the final decision to go to war, if he is having second thoughts about it then he needs to think about whether he deserves another four years as President.”
A skilled politician would have turned that question around on Bush the minute he introduced it into his stump speeches.
So you may ask, why ask Obama a question, because McCain will not be asking a black and white question, he is asking Obama to explain what Biden was talking about, any answer Obama gives will make his team look bad. If he affirms Biden, it looks like he is projecting weakness, and sewing the seeds of fear. If he negates Biden, it looks as if the campaign is not on message, and Biden is not savvy when it comes to foreign policy.
Also, even if Kerry gave the answer I wanted him to, there was little political risk in Bush asking the question, he makes Kerry look weaker just by answering. So now is McCain’s opportunity, a skilled campaign should seize on this. If Obama leaves it hanging in the air, it will become a bigger albatross.
UPDATE: Looks like the McCain campaign is catching on. John McCain was just on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, he mentioned the Biden rant and said that our enemies won’t test him because he is the experienced one and the enemies know John McCain is strong.
Hot Air brings up a good point:
Let’s not forget the example that Biden himself uses here. John Kennedy got tested because he met with Nikita Khrushchev with “no preconditions”. Kennedy acknowledged afterwards that it was an “unmitigated disaster“:
Kennedy’s aides convinced the press at the time that behind closed doors the president was performing well, but American diplomats in attendance, including the ambassador to the Soviet Union, later said they were shocked that Kennedy had taken so much abuse. Paul Nitze, the assistant secretary of defense, said the meeting was “just a disaster.” Khrushchev’s aide, after the first day, said the American president seemed “very inexperienced, even immature.” Khrushchev agreed, noting that the youthful Kennedy was “too intelligent and too weak.” The Soviet leader left Vienna elated — and with a very low opinion of the leader of the free world.
Kennedy’s assessment of his own performance was no less severe. Only a few minutes after parting with Khrushchev, Kennedy, a World War II veteran, told James Reston of The New York Times that the summit meeting had been the “roughest thing in my life.” Kennedy went on: “He just beat the hell out of me. I’ve got a terrible problem if he thinks I’m inexperienced and have no guts. Until we remove those ideas we won’t get anywhere with him.”
What resulted? The Berlin Wall and the Cuban missile crisis. Kennedy wound up trading strategic intel and missile installations in western Asia in exchange for Soviet withdrawal of the nuclear missiles from Cuba. The entire Kennedy administration turned out to be a foreign-policy disaster that was only overlooked because of the tragic assassination of Kennedy in Dallas in 1963.
I would add that President Kennedy felt the need to prove his toughness and many historians consider that a reason why he escalated the violence in Vietnam which led to our direct involvement and the eventual full scale war that LBJ ramped up after the phony Gulf of Tonkin incident.