Skip to comments.Biden: ‘I Worry That Pursuit of Missile Defense’ Could Damage ‘Negotiations with N.Korea’
Posted on 04/05/2013 3:34:56 PM PDT by IbJensen
(CNSNews.com) -- While the United States now is utilizing its missile defense systems in the wake of saber-rattling by North Korea, back on July 24, 2001, then Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) chaired a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in which he said in a prepared statement, I worry that a narrow-minded pursuit of missile defense would derail U.S. negotiations with the Communist-run North Korea.
In his statement, Biden criticized the Bush administration proposal for a missile defense system, questioning whether the costs of missile defense outweighed its benefits.
I worry that funds devoted to missile defense, or the recent tax cut, are hurting our ability to meet these more current and realistic threats, Biden said.
And I worry that a narrow-minded pursuit of missile defense, without having any notion of what missile defense to develop, could derail both our programs in Russia, as well as our negotiations with North Korea, he added.
Biden went on to ask whether the Bush plan for a missile defense system would make the United States more, or less, secure.
Is what the administration appears to be proposing worth the downside risks? At the end of the day, will the administration's missile defense program make us more, or less, secure? Will the benefits outweigh the costs? Biden said in the statement.
That hearing in 2001 was held in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and was entitled, The Administrations Missile Defense Program and the ABM
Treaty. In addition to Biden, some other committee members questioned Bush
administration plans for a missile defense system.
Initially, President Bush wanted to invest $8.3 billion for the development of a missile defense system that would in part defend against threats from unfriendly states such as North Korea.
There are dangerous capabilities being developed at this very moment that we do not know about, and which we may not know about for years, perhaps only after they are deployed, according to written testimony from then Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith.
North Korea is currently developing the Taepo Dong 2 missile, which will be able to strike even deeper into U.S. territory and carry an even larger weapons payload, he later added.
Two days earlier on July 22, Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putinwho at the time had been in office for about three monthsagreed to talks that coupled a U.S. missile defense system with a mutual reduction in nuclear arms.
Biden is either a willing or unconscious tool of the communists!
He continues to get a free pass by most in the media, the President and his former colleagues in the Congress, most of whom are complicit in the destruction of this nation.
This is the guy who was supposed to bring some "gravitas" to the Obama campaign in 2004. How can we have sunk so far as a country as to have this man in any position of responsibility? Americans with brains keep looking for signs of hope that this nation will self correct but the chances are few.
The Vice President has gravitas.
Wow. These idiots will blame us when a city disappears too.
The sad thing is that compared to his 2-22 hoopster Boss,
and there is a reason we are seeing this kabuki.
Its to get a military pact with China and to stop development of defenses.
Again we give up more of the US for the perception of protecting the blue cities.
The media is as dumb as a bunch of rocks. Biden is an idiot. That’s a fact Jack. God help us if he runs in 2016...
What a moron.... God help us for electing this clueless liberal elitist
I remember when they (Rumsfeld) told us that they didn’t need raptors, they needed MRAPs to thwart IEDs in Iraq. Now Iraq is over and we don’t need MRAPs but a few extra hundred raptors would be an excellent deterrent to young Korean saber rattlers. I remember thinking at the time, what a god danged mistake.
Biden is an idiot. Thats a fact Jack. God help us if he runs in 2016...
Hitlery would take him out.
The vice president needs a tow truck to pull his head out of his...place where his head is usually found....
DHS will find a use for them.
Sorry, could not read the article. It would kill to many brain cells.
So I have to ask, “What are we negociating, Mr. Biden, surrender?”
What a stupid POS we have for a VP. One negotiates from a position of strength not weakness. I want to see this SOB publicly get down on his hands and knees and thank God for Ronald Reagan because without him we wouldn't have a missile defense
Biden: “All we need to do is go out on the balcony and fire our shotgun. North Korea will cave.”
All I can say is,”POOR JOE”.
“The vice president needs a tow truck to pull his head out of his...place where his head is usually found....”
Or as another poster postulated the other day:” stick his brain up a nat’s ass and it would rattle around like a BB in a boxcar.”
Re “The Vice President has gravitas”. Well, I hope they have a salve for it.
Biden is the gift that keeps on giving, sort of like a venereal disease passed among friends. The Democrats must have some kind of secret innoculation against him.
Meanwhile, Americans are beginning to wake up and see that Democrat VPs are disasters for our country. Henry Wallace, LBJ, Mondale, GORE, and now, the unmatchable BIDEN.
I wonder when the next train-wreck is scheduled.
Is it possible to be infinitely stupid?
Every democrat to Reagan: “I worry that pursuit of missle defense will threaten the survival of the Soviet Union:
He should remove all defenses from around Washington DC, Detroit, Newark and all other Democrat/Liberal sewers.
Akin to saying hostage takers would negotiate better if cops took off bullet proof vest.
Unconscious is the operative word, bordering on brain dead. North Korea is a green's wet dream.
They never learn.
yeah, isn’t that comforting?