On Foreign Policy, Biden Rocks

One advantage of living in Washington is that, from time to time, you get to see our leaders up close.

Yesterday, for example, I attended a National Press Club luncheon with Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) as featured speaker. I came away more convinced than ever that he’s the most underrated of all the presidential candidates. 

This guy knows his stuff — as he proved, again, answering questions at the luncheon.

What about Barack Obama’s idea to condition aid to Pakistan on how aggressively they pursue Osama bin Laden? That was part of the 9/11 law passed by the Senate last week — an amendment authored by Biden.

How to resolve the political deadlock in Iraq? Begin by enforcing the Iraqi Constitution, argues Biden, which allows for dividing Iraq into three semi-autonomous regions — something he proposed three years ago.

What to expect in September? The danger, Biden warns, is that no matter what Gen. David Petraeus says, we will continue to operate under the dangerous illusion that the war in Iraq can be won by military might alone.

Because there’s so much at stake, and so little room for error, Biden told his Press Club audience that he believes 2008 is the most important election in our lifetime. And he’s right.

I’m making no endorsement in the primary. But on foreign policy alone, there’s no one more ready to lead this nation than Joe Biden.