An Open Letter to Americans Who Love Israel
"I want to remind those of you ... who don't know me and those of you who do know me what my record has been. It has been unstinting in the defense and support of Israel," he said at a community center, having discussed at length his travels there and work as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "I give you my word as a Biden, I would not have given up that job to be Barack Obama's vice president if I didn't -- in my gut, and in my heart, and in my head -- know that Barack Obama is exactly where I am on Israel."
-- Vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden, September 2, at a Jewish community center in Florida
Please, dear reader, do call me a skeptic; I am one. I started learning the price of gullibility in first grade. I traded my chocolate chip cookies to a third grader for his promise of a new pencil sharpener at recess. He lied; I learned.
My grandfather helped. He taught me to "always consider the source" before believing a promise and to never place my trust in an untrustworthy person. I lived and I learned.
Now that I'm well into my sixth decade of life, I'm a very hard sell. And the higher the stakes riding on the promise, the more care I put into my decision to proffer my trust.
When it comes to Israel and her survival as a free nation, the stakes are so high that it behooves even the most trusting American to examine closely the words and records of our candidates in this regard. And, sadly, we are forced to admit that the only reason Joe Biden had to make the reassuring statement above to Jews in Florida is that his candidate, Barack Obama, has the most tenuous, nearly nonexistent, and utterly unreliable "record" of any candidate ever to seek the presidency.
Especially in the arena of foreign affairs. Especially with regard to Israel and the Palestinians.
Scores of articles have already been written about Barack Obama's rubbery rhetoric, the kind that stretches credulity to the popping point. As it stands now, this untested knave has made so many contradictory statements regarding Israel -- a divided or undivided Jerusalem, the threat of radical Islamic terrorists, and on and on and on -- that one must pinpoint the date of a statement to even attempt to figure out where Obama actually stands on anything whatsoever.
But Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is absolutely certain of one thing. He's certain -- certain -- that the unreliable Obama will be tested within his first six months by other leaders around the globe. Where Americans have utterly failed to properly vet and test this candidate for the presidency, rogue regimes and terrorists and leaders bent on flexing their military muscle will not fail to test and terrorize in their attempts to find the limits of Obama's mettle.
Not surprisingly, John McCain agrees.
But no American voter need take the word of the Republican candidate, John McCain, for any of this. We have the words of Hillary Clinton. We have the words of Joe Biden. We have the words of Joe Lieberman.
What's even more startling to me is the fact that Barack Obama has laid out his specific plan to weaken America's defenses -- piece by piece -- in the hope that countries like Iran, Russia, North Korea, and a host of other threatening, hell-bent regimes will see our example and follow suit.
Candidate Obama even made a video, in which he states unequivocally his plan to stake the security of the entire peace-loving world upon his own completely untested skill as a diplomat.
From where I sit, this isn't a job for a diplomat; it's the job of a messiah.
Nevertheless, Obama makes the following pledges regarding defense:
"I will cut tens of billions of dollars of wasteful defense spending."
This makes me nervous.
"I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems."
Actually these systems are proving quite capable of protecting against attack.
"I will not weaponize space."
Even if Russia and China do?
"I will slow our development of future combat systems."
Letting enemy regimes catch up with us helps preserve the peace? How?
"I will not develop new nuclear weapons."
Well, it might be diplomatic to let Iran, Syria, North Korea, and others catch up with us. But is it safe?
"I will seek a global ban on the development of fissile material, and negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert and achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals."
Obama's grandfather clearly did not teach him to consider the source and not to put one's trust in untrustworthy people.