Monday, October 20, 2008

Calamity Joe

Joe "God Bless 'Em" Biden:

Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.
There are international incidences and then there are international incidences.

Let's look back to 2001.

There's this type of incident: April 2001 - a US signals reconnaisance aircraft, otherwise known as a spy plane was forced to land in China after colliding with a Chinese intercepter. This was the first international test of the Bush administration, which had made a point of confronting the Chinese on human rights and Taiwan and sending aid and munitions to Iraq, after eight years of Bill Clinton fellating the Chinese. Now, whether the Chinese deliberately bumped the US plane or not remains in doubt only for the delusional, but ten days later, the 24 crewmen had been released and President Bush had sent a letter apologizing for entering Chinese airspace and landing without authorization. The Chinese, of course, translated that into a complete admission of guilt - literally. The United States then paid the Chinese $35,000 to reimburse their cost of feeding and lodging the hostages, er the plane's crew, and then forced us to dismantle and cart out the aircraft instead of flying it out of Chinese territory.

And then there's this type of incident: September 11, 2001

There are test takers and there are test givers. But it's all in how you prepare, eh?