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Biden's Mouth Running Out of Foot Room

Forgive me for not starting this column by immediately gushing over Sarahcuda's performance last night (and she did knock it out of the park), but I believe in the end, she merely kept McCain from flat-lining; a pair of cardiac defibrillators in a bra. With a month until the election, and after the bungled Hail Mary that was his campaign suspension, the maverick was (and still may be) on life support.

That being said - damn girl. You wore the pants in this debate, hands down. You had Senator Cheshire Cat on the defensive from the start, and while you didn't quite have the chops to call Biden out a lot of the nonsense that left his mouth, I'll be happy to do that for you. After all, you earned it. Just stop calling women "hockey moms."

Joe Biden (you know, the "foreign policy" expert) offered up a fair share of drivel last night, particularly having to do with the Middle East. The wackiest claim coming from the old smokestack from Delaware was that the Bush administration let Hezbollah into Lebanon, and then "we kicked Hezbollah out," (I have no idea what he's talking about). He then attests that he and Barry said that NATO should move in to "fill the vacuum," but no one took their advice, and now Hezbollah is all over Lebanon, and it represents a failure of this administration. I know it sounds bizarre, and it is, so here's the transcript:
When we kicked -- along with France, we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon, I said and Barack said, "Move NATO forces in there. Fill the vacuum, because if you don't know -- if you don't, Hezbollah will control it."

Now what's happened? Hezbollah is a legitimate part of the government in the country immediately to the north of Israel.

The fact of the matter is, the policy of this administration has been an abject failure.
Um...what? Hezbollah was never "kicked out of Lebanon." They've been there since the early 1980s, exponentially growing during the 90s to eventually make up over 1/3 of the population of Lebanon. Hezbollah is essentially an entirely separate government entity with its own goals, representation, and infrastructure in southern Lebanon and other parts of the country.

Is he talking about Israel's failed offensive against Hezbollah terrorists in 2006? Israel accomplished virtually nothing in the 2006 war, and they certainly didn't "kick anyone out." Is he talking about Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon from 1982 to 1999? I don't remember hearing anything from Obama about NATO then.

This is of course, ignoring what Biden said right before the mess about Lebanon:
Here’s what the president said when we said no. He insisted on elections on the West Bank, when I said, and others said, and Barack Obama said, 'Big mistake. Hamas will win. You’ll legitimize them.' What happened? Hamas won.
If this quote gets any attention, you might get another glimpse of the long-standing double standard in the media. If John McCain had said this, it would be because he's ignorant, senile, crazy, dying, etc. But Biden will get a pass, and if he receives any criticism for it, it will be because he simply "misspoke." If you're talking about the plague of Hamas, you're talking about Gaza...not the West Bank. But he's right about one thing - Hamas did win...and subsequently endorsed Obama. Realize that no matter who wins, you're getting a third Bush term in the area of Israeli/Palestinian policy.

Joe also tried to pass off the lie (and I don't use that term frequently) that Obama never said he'd meet with the likes of Ahmadinejad, saying "This is simply not true about Barack Obama. He did not say sit down with Ahmadinejad." This video from the YouTube primary debate (one that Joe Biden attended), proves otherwise:



Hmmm. Reminds me of another Biden quote about Obama: "I think [Obama] can be ready, but right now I dont believe he is - the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training." Say it ain't so, Joe!

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