[Ed. – Does this pass for vice presidential commentary on national security now? Apparently so, if no one’s calling Biden out on it. Maybe it’s just because no one can figure out what he’s trying to say.]
Asked about the Obama administration’s approach towards the crisis in Syria, Vice President Joe Biden said this week he was “not a big fan of red lines,” and questioned the wisdom of calls to get involved militarily.
“Look, I’m not a big fan of red lines,” he said during a discussion on foreign policy hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. “I am not a proponent of laying down markers unless you’ve thought through the second, third, and fourth step that you’re going to have to take, and almost assuredly will have to take, in order to accomplish your initial goal.” …
Biden characterized the Syrian conflict as hugely convoluted.
“Now, we can easily say we should have bombed and gone in and taken out their air defense system and we should have – well, you know, big nations can’t bluff.”
“You do that, then what’s the next step?” he asked. “What’s the next step you do? Because you know what’s going to happen. What’s going to happen is exactly what was happening anyway. The idea that anyone in this room thinks that we can put Humpty Dumpty back together again in Iraq or ever thought we could from the outset in any near term I would challenge your judgment.”