If John Kerry becomes President of the United States, chances are Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) will have a position in the cabinet, either as Secretary of Defense or Secretary of State. Biden has spent a lot of time during the Bush presidency making himself the national security expert among Democratic hawks. When you listen to him, you can just feel the ambition. Biden in fact ran for president himself in 1988 and strongly considered another run for 2004.
If Biden heads up US foreign policy, watch the hell out. He'll be "progressive internationalism" on crystal meth.
With violence mounting by the day on the ground, next week's Nato summit in Turkey may be a final chance for President Bush to enlist greater international help to restore security in Iraq.Kerry + Biden = more war in 2005 and a military draft to boot.
Despite the bomb blasts in Istanbul and Ankara yesterday, the White House insisted that the trip would go ahead, and Mr Bush continued lobbying alliance partners for assistance.
The President admitted a fortnight ago that with 16 of the 26 Nato members already contributing troops to the occupying force, no new Nato peace-keeping forces were likely. The administration is, however, trying to persuade allies to provide training and technical assistance to create a show of international support co-inciding with the formal 30 June handover of sovereignty. . . .
France and Germany have ruled out sending troops to Iraq, the idea pushed by the US, and backed by Poland, which wants, eventually, to scale down its military presence in Iraq. In the meantime, the Pentagon is fine-tuning plans to send more troops to boost the 140,000-strong US force in Iraq, if the security situation continues to worsen. . . .
Despite the refusal of France and Germany to send troops, Democrats are pressing Mr Bush to ask Nato to send a force of its own to Iraq. Joe Biden, the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, accused Mr Bush of planning to "pull back" in Iraq after the transfer of sovereignty, leaving a security vacuum.
"We are playing into the hands of the insurgents," Mr Biden said. The Pentagon wanted to get US troops "out of harm's way," he said, while the Bush administration seemed to be "internally paralysed".