Biden Lashes Out at Obama

By Jennifer Parker

Aug 2, 2007 10:43am

ABC News’ Jake Tapper reports: On NPR’s Diane Rehm Show Thursday morning, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., lambasted the speech Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, gave Wednesday about counter-terrorism programs, in which Obama said that if the U.S. gets actionable intelligence about al Qaeda in Pakistan and President Gen. Pervez Musharraf does not act, the U.S. will.

"In order to look tough, he’s undermined his ability to be tough," Biden said, arguing that Obama’s rhetoric would hurt the U.S.’s ability to get the very same "actionable intelligence" that might prompt an Obama administration’s military incursion.

"It’s a well-intended notion he has, but it’s a very naïve way of thinking how you’re going to conduct foreign policy," said Biden who yesterday said of Obama’s speech, "the way to deal with it is not to announce it, but to do it. The last thing you want to do is telegraph to the folks in Pakistan that we are about to violate – quote – ‘their sovereignty.’"

Biden, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he thinks his experience will ultimately lead Democratic voters to choose him.

"Having talking points on foreign policy doesn’t get you there," Biden said of Obama.

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