We Should Listen to Joe Biden

Senator Biden said, “Mark my words, it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

An international crisis is not necessarily an event like the Cuban Missile Crisis that gets resolved peacefully. Thousands of people can die in an international crisis. These are very dangerous times, in some ways far more dangerous than the environment that Kennedy and Carter faced. The principal adversary both these presidents faced was the Soviet Union; the Soviet leaders certainly tested both Kennedy and Carter, but these tests did not involve an attack on America itself, nor a nuclear attack on any of America’s allies. Khrushchev and Brezhnev were rational and somewhat cautious men.

We cannot expect the same restraint from Ahmadinejad. If Iran builds atomic weapons, it is reasonable to expect that Ahmadinejad would use them against Israel and possibly the United States. Given Obama’s friendship with Pastor Wright and Rashid Khalidi, both outspoken opponents of “Zionism”, Iran might feel that the United States would not retaliate if it nuked Tel Aviv. Thus, election of Obama could lead to a disastrous Middle East war – millions of deaths, and a world-wide oil shortage, short term. Long term, failure by the US to retaliate for a nuclear attack on Israel would encourage attacks on other allies, and even the American homeland.

If McCain is president, Iran will know that an attack on Israel will mean certain massive US retaliation, and this would give the Iranians a strong incentive not to be warmongers. McCain did not submit for five years while he was in a position of weakness as a prisoner and being tortured. McCain, as Commander in Chief, and in a position of strength, will be bullied by no one, certainly not Ahmadinejad. McCain has also stated that for Iran to develop atomic weapons is unacceptable. Nobody believes that Obama would take strong action to stop Iran from building atomic bombs, so the election of Obama almost guarantees that some time during his presidency Iran will get, and possibly use, atomic weapons. With McCain, Iran faces a determined and resolute obstacle to any aggression, any time, any where.