Maybe Joe Biden Isn’t Good at This Foreign Policy Thing

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on October 15, 2012

One of my favorite blogs is Shadow Government, which does a great job at presenting foreign policy arguments from the right-of-center side of the partisan divide. Its bloggers worked overtime to chronicle some of the assertions Joe Biden made at the vice presidential debate, and the resulting picture is not one that flatters the vice president. Consider the following Bidenisms:

  • Joe Biden didn’t tell the truth when it came to the disaster in Benghazi, and he threw the intelligence community under the bus in the process.
  • Joe Biden didn’t tell the truth when it came to discussing policy regarding Iraq and Afghanistan, and he threw the military under the bus in the process. Relatedly, see also this.
  • Joe Biden clearly got outclassed by Paul Ryan in discussing Afghanistan, and he threw the Obama administration’s policy on Afghanistan under the bus in the process.
  • Joe Biden doesn’t seem to understand that when it comes to getting a nuclear weapon, the toughest job is producing fissile material. Getting a nuclear delivery device is significantly easier by comparison

Lots of people say that Joe Biden won the debate. I’d like to know what they were smoking.

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