Obama-Biden on 60 Minutes

Barack Obama and Joe Biden appeared together on CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday evening. Steve Kroft was as tough yet objective as you’d expect from CBS News:

“Does the fact that he [McCain] chose as his vice president someone what has less experience than you take that weapon out of his arsenal?” Kroft asked.

Whether Palin has less experience is at the very least a debatable point. Way to keep it objective, Kroft.

“Let me tell you the reason I picked Joe Biden. Number one, he can step in and become president. And I don’t think anybody has any doubt about that,” Obama said.

Really? No doubt from anybody? Got any polling data to back that up, Senator Obama?

“Number two is that if I’m in the room making the kinds of tough decisions that the next president’s gonna have to make, both on domestic policy and on international policy, then I want the counsel and advice of somebody who’s not gonna agree with me a 100 percent of [the] time. In fact, somebody who’s independent enough that can push back and give me different perspectives and make sure that I’m catching any blind spots that I have. And Joe Biden doesn’t bite his tongue,” he continued.

Perhaps some sage advice like suggesting we send a $200 million check to the terror-sponsoring state if Iran?

“You’ve had some differences over pretty substantial issues. Iraq for one,” Kroft pointed out.

“Actually, we haven’t,” Biden said. “Look, Barack was right. He not only got it right about bein’ against the war, I got it wrong about underestimating the incompetence of this administration when we gave the president the power we gave him at the time. He knew accurately that even, not even being outside. Maybe it gave you a better perspective. That that meant he was going to war. Bush told me he wasn’t going to war. I thought they meant it. You’re standing outside. You knew they didn’t mean it.”

What a load of phony, disingenuous nonsense. Joe Biden voted for the “Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq”. Biden said in 2002:

“He’s [Saddam Hussein] a long term threat and a short term threat to our national security… “We have no choice but to eliminate the threat. This is a guy who is an extreme danger to the world.”

But now he says he voted for the authorization to use force because he thought we would not use force to eliminate the threat he said we had “no choice but to eliminate” in 2002? What?!? For Democrats, Serious Foreign Policy Wisdom means a stream of head-spinning, incoherent blather to avoid your actual record, apparently.

Biden, like his running mate Barack Obama, is clearly counting on the mainstream press not to check his record. Maybe Biden should step aside before he becomes the Admiral Stockdale of 2008.

Update: Did Biden – Wise, Long-Experienced, Foreign Policy Expert – really say we will simply have to stand by and accept a nuclear-armed Iran?

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