Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates slammed Joe Biden on foreign policy in his new memoir, Duty. Gates called Biden a man of “integrity” though Biden’s history of lying and plagiarism doesn’t bear that out. Gates also wrote, and he was more on the mark here, “I think he [Biden] has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden responded by saying that Obama “welcomes differences of view among his national security team.” She defended Joe Biden and said that “The President disagrees with Secretary Gates’ assessment. From his leadership on the Balkans in the Senate, to his efforts to end the war in Iraq, Joe Biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time, and has helped advance America’s leadership in the world.”
“President Obama relies on his good counsel every day,” she added.
That could be the problem with our failed foreign policy which has set the mid-East aflame with no one in a position to put it out.
Biden has a history of being wrong going back to the 1960’s when he wanted to divide Vietnam into small sections, which is what he wanted to do in Iraq. It would have left them vulnerable to a complete takeover by communists and radical Islamists respectively.
Biden was wrong on Benghazi.
Benghazi, according to Biden, was the fault of the intelligence community for not knowing that the attack was due to a protest over an obscure movie trailer that few knew existed. That statement was debunked by General Clapper who said he told the White House and the State Department that it was a terrorist attack by enemy operatives during a House hearing on Benghazi.
He was not only wrong on Benhgazi, he didn’t get Iraq and Afghanistan right either.
During the October Vice Presidential debate, Martha Raddatz posed the following to Biden: “It was a pre-planned assault by heavily armed men. Wasn’t this a massive intelligence failure, Vice President Biden?”
Biden’s response fully supports Gates criticism:
“I can make absolutely two commitments to you and all the American people tonight. One, we will find and bring to justice the men who did this. And secondly, we will get to the bottom of it, and whatever — wherever the facts lead us, wherever they lead us, we will make clear to the American public, because whatever mistakes were made will not be made again.”
“When you’re looking at a president, Martha, it seems to me that you should take a look at his most important responsibility. That’s caring for the national security of the country. And the best way to do that is take a look at how he’s handled the issues of the day”.
“On Iraq, the president said he would end the war. Governor Romney said that was a tragic mistake, we should have left 30,000 troops there.”
“With regard to Afghanistan, he said he will end the war in 2014. Governor Romney said we should not set a date, number one. And number two, with regard to 2014, it depends.”
The recent fall of Fallujah and Ramadi into al-Qaida’s hands fully demonstrates that Biden was wrong. The generals recommended a residual force of 10,000 to 20,000. We most certainly should have left a significant residual force. Obama was only willing to leave 3,000 which would have been meaningless and would have made sitting ducks out of the 3,000 troops .
Setting a date was obviously a mistake. It accelerated the blue-on-green murders of our military in the hot spots in these countries.
Biden said he did not vote for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars during the debate, but he did vote for the wars in 2001 and 2002. Biden said that Iraq maintained stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. In 2007 he claimed that inspectors had seen and cataloged the existence of the materials required to make such weapons prior to their expulsion from Iraq and pondered why Saddam Hussein didn’t tell the international community that he had disposed of them.
Biden was very wrong on Turkey.
Biden was wrong about Turkey. The Daily Caller reported that Biden saw a leading role for Turkey’s Islamists in the Middle East. Turkey will prove Islam and democracy can co-exist, he claimed, even though they are polar opposites and are diametrically opposed.
The NY Times reported last year that at a time when Washington and Europe were praising Turkey as a model of Muslim democracy for the Arab world, Turkish human rights advocates said in early January 2012 that the government had been showing an ominous trend toward repressing freedom of the press through a mixture of intimidation, arrests and financial machinations, including the sale in 2008 of a newspaper and a television station to a company linked to the prime minister’s son-in-law.
As of early 2012, there were 97 members of the news media in jail in Turkey, including journalists, publishers and distributors, according to the Turkish Journalists’ Union, a figure that rights groups say exceeds the number detained in China. The Turkish government denies the figure and insists that with the exception of four cases, those arrested have all been charged with activities other than reporting.
Since then, Erdogan has outpaced all other countries in the world in arrests of citizens, bankers, generals, unionists, journalists, and anyone else who opposes him.
Biden was very wrong on Syria.
Marc Thiessen pointed out in an editorial in The Washington Post that Joe Biden said during the Vice Presidential debate the U.S. was isolating al-Qaida in Syria by making certain all “aid” fell into the proper hands.
“We are working hand and glove with the Turks, with the Jordanians, with the Saudis, and with all the people in the region attempting to identify the people who deserve the help so that when Assad goes — and he will go — there will be a legitimate government that follows on, not an al-Qaeda-sponsored government that follows on.”
The weapons were in fact falling into the hands of radical Islamic jihadists.
Paul Ryan challenged Biden during the Vice Presidential debate, stating that this administration’s inaction gave al-Qaida a foothold in Syria. Biden then denied it and said the administration is making sure all help and training is going to free forces in Syria.
We now know that the Syrian Free Army has received no weaponry. The Administration was “working hand and glove?” At that point in time, US intervention would have propped up the moderates fighting in Syria.
Biden sure hasn’t gotten Iran right.
Biden also discussed Iran during the debate, claiming that the sanctions were working, they were ready to go to war, Iran was five years from having the bomb and the Administration and Netanyahu were on the same page.
Biden thought the president repaired our alliances with the world and we were making sure Iran stopped enriching uranium or at least he said that during the debates:
“We — this is a president who’s gone out and done everything he has said he was going to do. This is a guy who’s repaired our alliances so the rest of the world follows us again. This is the guy who brought the entire world, including Russia and China, to bring about the most devastating — most devastating — the most devastating efforts on Iran to make sure that they in fact stop (inaudible).”
After insisting that the sanctions are working, Biden is now pressuring the Senate to not impose any more sanctions on Iran.
The list could be much longer but in the interests of time, we decided to keep it short.