Sunday, November 29, 2009

Just wonderin'

So it appears that President Obama is going to send more troops to Afghanistan. I applaud the decision...although I do reserve judgement on the "strategy" until I get a better chance to digest it.

Anyhow, the point of this post is this: not too long ago several voices on the left bluntly stated that if Obama sends more troops, VP Biden should resign. Biden,of course, has not been supportive of increased troop presence in Afghanistan, and let us not forget that HE is the one with all the foreign-policy expertise, blah blah blah. The logic on the left was that if Obama would ignore Biden's input on this very important decision, then why have him one heartbeat away from the Presidency?

First of all, I'm glad Obama is ignoring Biden on this issue. The VP's counsel is is almost always the case on these issues. Biden has a long history of wrong-footing big military issues, Afghanistan being just another example of his poor understanding of the world in which we live.

But to the larger point raised by the left: why is Biden still our VP? He's the key overseer of the stimulus efforts, and by now everybody knows how ludicrous the governments claims have been in this arena. Also, there's millions and maybe even billions of stimulus dollars that are unaccounted for--that goes straight to Biden. Throw in his poor counsel on a major policy topic where American and Afghan lives are at stake, add into the mix his penchant for putting his foot in his mouth while the microphone is still turned on...and you have to wonder:

How much longer will we be able to mess with Joe?

Secondary wonder: will any member of the press ask these kinds of questions?


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