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Keeping Up With Biden

As I’ve demonstrated in this recap of his foibled three decades in the Senate, it’s not easy.  Last night just adds to the vertigo. 

Take, for example, Barack Obama’s stated commitment to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without preconditions:

Democrat Candidates Debate, July 23, 2007: 

QUESTION: …  [W]ould you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries? OBAMA: I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them — which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration — is ridiculous.


NR’s Byron York report on Sen. Joe Biden’s comments about Obama after that debate

Afterward, other candidates echoed Clinton’s criticism. Sen. Joseph Biden, who has emerged as the clear-eyed antiwar realist in the Democratic race, told National Review Online that the idea of a president meeting with Ahmadinejad, Chavez, and others was “naïve.” “World leaders should not meet with other world leaders unless they know what the agenda is, so you don’t end up being used,” Biden said.

Obama’s website: 

Diplomacy: Obama supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions…. [Note:  Ahmadinejad is the president of Iran.]

Biden at last night’s Vice-Presidential candidates’ debate

Can I clarify this? This is simply not true about Barack Obama. He did not say sit down with Ahmadinejad.



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