During the primaries, whenever Hillary flashed her national security credentials, Obama would simply retort: you voted for the war in Iraq. Well, so did Joe Biden. For all of his foreign policy bona fides, he's, well, he's really no damn good:
Biden chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but experts in the field do not consider him a heavyweight. His authority comes from his chairmanship, not vice versa.More specifically, Biden went "all-in" against the surge in Iraq:
While Biden was busy supporting partition, he was opposing the plan by Gen. David Petraeus to use a new strategy to win the war and hold the country together. Petraeus wanted to deploy more troops to Baghdad to clear, secure and hold neighborhoods. Biden's response, in June 2007, was strong and unequivocal: "The surge isn't going to work either tactically or strategically." John McCain risked his political career to take the opposite view. He will not let Biden off the hook easily.Who will have the upper hand in the Vice Presidential debate? The thoroughly unlikable Joe Biden is going to be put back on his heels by Sarah Barracada. Bet on it.
In what promises to be a tight, hard-fought race, Biden's foreign-policy expertise is not the asset Obama was seeking for victory in November.