Si vis bellum, projice infirmitate.*
Hamas has given President Biden a chance for a “do over,” an opportunity to display leadership and courage in protecting our national security and world peace that has been absent from his past life. Whether he can rise to the occasion or not is unclear. But, if he fails, countless more lives will likely be sacrificed.
October 23 marks the 40th anniversary of the terrorist truck bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed 241 American Marines, soldiers, and sailors. Given former Senator Biden’s prominent role in incentivizing that attack, which was typical of his long history of undermining American national security and endangering both our nation’s freedom and the lives of our military, this may be an appropriate occasion to review some of that dismal history.
Joe Biden became the youngest member of the United States Senate in January 1973. Later that year, I accepted a position as national security adviser to another member of the Foreign Relations Committee and, during the next five years, I averaged at least two hours most weeks in meetings that included Senator Biden. Like former Defense Secretary Robert Gates four decades later, I was appalled at how frequently he got issues wrong. He seemed truly clueless.
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