ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Former presidential candidate, undeclared superdelegate and Senate Foreign Relations Chair Joe Biden, D-Del., called President Bush’s comment during foreign policy speech to the Israeli parliament "a political hit" against Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
"This was a political hit. This was a hit. Not trying to make a point," Biden said this afternoon in a pugnacious counteroffensive against the president on behalf of Obama.
In his address to the Knesset, Bush said ""Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along."
The Obama camp took issue with Bush’s remarks, calling them "a false political attack".
Biden took Bush to task for his tacit criticism of Obama’s pledge to speak to leaders in Iran and Syria before the Israeli Knessett today and said the president should "get a life".
"His policy has been an abject failure," Biden said of the president. "For him to call those who rightly see the need for talk as appeasers is delusional and for him to do it from abroad is disgraceful."
Biden referred to what he called the "ridiculous hypocrisy of [the president's] statement."
"Here is a guy who is negotiating with Kim Jong Il. Kim Jong Il! He makes Ahmadinejad look okay," Biden said.
"If President believes (in his speech) he should get in touch with his administration. I assume the first thing he’s going to do when he gets home is fire his two top cabinet people."
Biden then quoted from recent statements by Secretary of State Robert Gates, who seemed to say the US government should find a way to use leverage against Iran and sit down with Iranians.
Biden said President Bush made a deal with Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy "who blew a lot of my alumni friends from Syracuse university out of the sky."
Biden said when he travels abroad, even though he disagrees with the president’s policy, he makes a point of not speaking out against the president.
Earlier in the day, Biden was quoted using an expletive to describe the President’s speech. On the recorded conference call he did not repeat that word, but said what he said was accurate.
"I reacted viscerally," Biden said. "What I should have said was malarkey instead of what I did say. I should have said malarkey. but what I said was accurate."
Biden also referred to a speech by Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, who today gave a speech as if from the future in which McCain argued he would have brought most troops home from Iraq by 2013.
Biden said the speech was given from a "dream world."
"I like John’s dream. I like John’s goal. I just have not heard anything on how he will achieve those goals," Biden said.