From the Standard piece:
If you want to see just how little credence Vice President Joe Biden’s plan for Afghanistan has inside military circles, look no further than this paragraph from an article written by Peter Spiegel and Yochi Dreazen for the Wall Street Journal:
People familiar with the internal debates say Mr. Obama rejected a strictly counter-terror approach during White House deliberations in early October. One official said Pentagon strategists were asked to draft brief written arguments making the best case for each strategy, but the strategists had difficulties writing out a credible case for the counter-terror approach — prompting members of Mr. Biden’s staff to step in and write the document themselves.
In case that wasn’t clear, not a single strategist in the Pentegon was willing to draft a paper to defend the Biden plan. No one wanted to put their name on the document. So, members of Biden’s staff — political appointees — had to write the brief.
How can this be? Biden is a foreign policy “genius”! That is what Democrats said when he was picked to be Obama’s running mate. This is what Democrats said when Biden debated Sarah Palin. The Democrats have always tried to pedal Biden as some brilliant senator, when, in fact, he is, like Obama, not all that bright.
Yes, yes, I know, Obama is always “the brightest guy in the room”, blah, blah, blah. Sorry to burst that bubble, but Obama is about as clueless about economics, the constitution, and history as he can be. His fascination with Marxist ideals, which are delusional and pathetic, are proof of his mental shortcomings.
Sorry folks, Obama’s insistence on doing things that have failed repeatedly throughout history does not speak well of his ability to think. Obama is more like the guy we have all worked with, and likely worked for at some point in our lives. The guy with the super-impressive resume, who knows theories, but lacks any common sense. He ignores advice from people who DO know, he ignores past results, and plows ahead because it “works on paper”. And, when the results start showing how clueless he is, well, he just cannot grasp why.
So, please, everyone touting Obama’s intellect, please spare me!