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Biden has a flawed foreign policy resume

Jamie Stiehm on

Note the genial, garrulous Biden was the Senate Foreign Relations committee chairman and traveled the globe for years, living the high life with world leaders. As vice president, no doubt he was an affable emissary.

Yet he failed to tell his son Hunter that taking a plum place on a Ukraine gas company board was poor judgment -- for both of them. That may be an Achilles' heel if he becomes the nominee. Trump will gnaw at that issue, which Biden has been loath to confront.

I covered Senate Democrats as a rookie reporter and found Biden talked the longest but said little of substance in floor speeches. As a freshman senator, Obama felt trapped in a committee hearing during an endless Biden soliloquy and wrote a private note: "Shoot. Me. Now."

Yet rising star Obama picked Biden as his running mate in 2008. Sen. John Kerry, who, as secretary of state, negotiated the Iran nuclear deal, would have been the best pick for his eloquence, expertise and work ethic.

Don't just take my word for Biden's weak, even inept, grasp of complex foreign policy. Take it from a man who sat in the Situation Room and the Cabinet Room, side-by-side with the vice president.

Obama's secretary of defense, Robert Gates, declared publicly in his memoir that Biden has "been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."


Boom. Biden's a nice guy, but he's already done his dance with the world.


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