Brief of the Week August 28-September 4 2008

BIDEN WISDOM? While Barack Obama’s choice of Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate was seen by many as a move to shore up the presidential candidate’s lack of foreign policy experience, Biden, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has taken some unusual positions on international issues.

In 1991, as the Senate debated a resolution to empower President George H.W. Bush to use military force to remove Iraq from Kuwait, Biden voted "No," saying: “This is an historic moment. But this is not an excruciating moment for me for I think this decision is so clear.” However, after the vote, Biden changed his mind.

In 2007, Scot Lehigh of the Boston Globe in a column said he asked Biden about the U.S troop surge in Iraq that John McCain strongly favored. Biden responded: “The surge isn’t going to work either tactically or strategically.”