On 10-22-01, Joseph Biden, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the following:
"The President has not been as blunt as I'm going to be. Pakistan may very well, and Musharraf may, in fact, collapse. .... If that were the case, we would find ourselves with a whole hell of a lot more forces in the region than we have now ....
"how much longer does the bombing (in Afghanistan) continue? Because we're going to pay as escalating price in the Muslim world. We're going to pay an escalating price in the region. And that in fact is going to make the aftermath of our 'victory' more difficult ....
" I hope to God it ends sooner rather than later. .... We have to make clear to the Pakastanis that, notwithstanding the fact that we need you very much right now .... if you are going to continue to foment the terror that does exist in Kashmir, then you are operating against your own near-term interests, because that very viper can turn on you."
I think that a wide range of Americans will recognize, when they hear Senator Biden speak on this topic, that he is an intelligent, insightful person who can provide leadership in the US's positions in the Middle East. Senator Biden has made it clear that it is important for us to consider how our policies in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq influences events in countries such as Pakistan. It is a valid topic for our democratic candidates to discuss at this time.
We should ignore those who claim that it is wrong to examine how US policy in Afghanistan and Iraq has helped to create the violent climate in Pakistan. They are as dull-witted as that pathetic blob of ignorance formerly known as Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who called Senator Biden "completely irresponsible" for questioning the administration's policy, and accused him of "bring(ing) comfort to our enemies."
We need to examine every candidate's position on Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan.
6. Kerry/Biden resolution on Pakistan from 11/8/07
Specifically called for protection for Bhutto after the first attempt, among other warnings about the 'powderkeg' in Pakistan.
(5) to call upon the Government of Pakistan to conduct a full investigation into the attempted assassination of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto and provide her and other political leaders with all necessary security to ensure their personal safety.
I'm still undecided, but Biden is looking better every day.
co-sponsors: Sen Biden, Joseph R., Jr. - 11/8/2007 Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. - 11/8/2007 Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham - 11/13/2007 Sen Durbin, Richard - 11/8/2007 Sen Harkin, Tom - 11/13/2007 Sen Obama, Barack - 11/8/2007
You should take a closer look at Biden. Alot of the reasons why I support him are the same reasons why I supported Kerry. I trust them to do the right thing, make the right decision, especially on days like today.
Very substantial on this. I also think it important to listen to what he said about her not being well protected despite his urging Musharrif who is now blaming Al Queda. The very Al Queda he has let roam the hills of Pakistan freely. Treacherous.
Since Al Gore doesn't seem to be getting in, Biden is one of my Personal Top Tier candidates. Biden has a lot of the experience we need, and I agree with him more than I disagree with him. He speaks with an air of honesty and bluntness that is very engaging. He doesn't talk down to his audience, he's not scripted, and he is authoritative on the issues. He is very much an authority on foreign policy. And he can back it up with a decent record that is center-leaning-left. We could do worse.
I liked what he had to say tonight in interviews regarding the tragic assasination of Mrs. Bhutto. I also noted the statements of other candidates of both parties. All of the GOP candidates, and surprisingly more than one of the Democratic candidates used the opportunity to remind Americans that the world is a dangerous place, where we can be blown up by terrorists at any time. It's always so nice to know they care, don't you think?
They don't get it. Everything for them is an opportunity to go 'terra'. Wasn't 'Full of Mitt' Romney lambasting Huckabee for daring to suggest that Bush's foreign policy might have been overreaching and born of arrogance? Hey, guess what? While we've been focusing on Iraq needlessly, creating more terrorists than Osama could have hoped for, the original breeding ground was growing all along.
Six years from 9/11, and all we've got is billions down the drain, hundreds of thousands of lives lost, many more shattered, and the world more dangerous than it was before.
19. Once again , I ask, since when has intelligence, integrity and experience mattered to the voters?
Not in this century. It wasn't what got Bill the Job even though he happened to be quite bright. George the I, experience, yes but integrity? Reagan? Don't get me started. I guess it was Jimmy. And we all know well how America treated him and understood the global politics of that time.
After all it took big tough Ronny to "scare those Iranian's into giving us back our hostages."
Please! We can hope for a country wide awakening and education. Stranger things have happened. We know that. We've live through the Gorge the II years!!
that Senator Biden has stood out as among the most capable members of congress of this generation. Of course, there are areas where I disagree with him. But I think that being a good Senator is more important an accomplishment, and a greater contribution to society, than being an "average" president. Thus, I was happy when John Kerry decided to stay in the Senate, rather than running for the presidency again -- I think he has more to offer as a senator
However, in Senator Biden's case, I think he has talents that would fit well in the executive branch.
important point: we all want to reverse the severe damage that this administration has done to our country, to our standing in the world, and to other nations. But it is going to be hard, even under the best of circumstances. One democratic administration alone can only stop the worst Bush policies, and begin to repair the damage. It will require someone with an understanding of global politics, and with the ability to work with congress. It will be up to the next democrat to do the most difficult work to rebuild our foundation. It's not incorrect to think of it much like building a foundation for a building -- it's tough, dirty work. But it is needed in order to build an attractive building on top.
I like things about all of our democratic candidates. But as someone who did foundations to pay my way through college many years ago, I like what I hear from Senator Biden.
I'm afraid that once the next president takes office, he/she may find that the damage is far greater than it appears. Being this administration is so secretive, there is no telling what all they've done behind close doors.
I do not envy the person who takes on this task, but I do think Biden is the one who can start the repair work quickly and decisively.
I like the idea that people understand that Joe Biden is not perfect. Of course, none of the candidates are. I didn't agree with all of his votes either. However, I have never been more sure about a candidate in my life. This is not a time for on the job training, especially in the area of foreign affairs. The pendulum swings slowly. Indeed, I wish it would swing back to the left in an instant. If I thought that were possible, maybe Kucinich would be my idealistic choice. But that is not the way the world works. We must put into place an intelligent, insightful and creative leader to help guide the pendulum back to the left. Mr. Biden is that leader.
I think it isn't as "exciting" has having a former 1st lady, former vp candidate and a black candidate duking it out. Don't get me wrong, there are legitimate reasons to like HRC, Edwards and Clinton, but I think MSM gives them extra attention because of the reasons I list. Despite being a senator for decades, Biden isn't an "insider" either. He doesn't have the machine and connections of Clinton. He has the 2nd lowest net worth in the senate, so he can't buy his attention the way other candidates can.
If he doesn't break into the top tier in IA, it will truly be a shame. He has the most experience of the bunch, respect from foreign leaders, and he is as good of a speaker as any of the candidates too.
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