One of the most interesting contemporaneous myths we see is the idea that Joe Biden is a foreign policy expert. Somehow his many years in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee made Joe Biden a specialist in diplomacy and foreign affairs:

[…] But remember, he provided another and probably more expert source of that wisdom when he picked Joe Biden, the veteran chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as his running mate.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden

“Wisdom”?!

Biden voted against the Gulf War in 1991, despite the obvious aggression, huge international support, a coalition including European nations like France and Germany, and a crystal clear U.N. resolution.

Eleven years later, Biden said Saddam Hussein was a threat to national security and to the world:

He’s 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. He must be dislodged from his weapons or dislodged from power.

Granted, at this point many in US agreed with him. Even the anti-war activists’ approach was to give more time to Hans Blix, the famous U.N. weapons inspector. Yet, in a twist from the similar scenario of eleven years earlier, domestic and international support was slim to none, it was a preemptive move as opposed to a reaction move, and U.N. stalled in its resolutions showing no consensus.

When the war was right, he was against it; when it was wrong, he was for it.

But the greatest example of the “wisdom” came later, when Biden actively advocated dividing Iraq into a federation of three ethnic states, giving Kurds, Shiites, and Sunnis their own regions. He actually got the Senate to pass a non-binding resolution on this bright idea. Then Iraq’s leaders denounced the resolution as a de facto partitioning of the country.

Not only it was dumb and insensitive, the feasibility of this plan gets close to impractical. It would only work for those that think people are just pieces in a giant “Risk” board.

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