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It was May, just two weeks after Joe Biden announced his 2020 presidential bid, and Robert Gates sat down for an interview on CBS's Face the Nation. The host, Margaret Brennan, asked the former secretary of defense whether Biden would be an "effective" commander in chief after reading a memorable line from Gates's memoir: "I think [Biden] has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." Gates paused and let out a long, audible sigh. "I don’t know," said Gates, who headed the Pentagon under both presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. "I stand by that statement."
Perhaps Gates was thinking of Biden's push in the Obama administration to "reset" relations with Russia, which went on to invade Ukraine and interfere in the 2016 presidential election, or of Biden's advice not to conduct the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Maybe Gates was thinking of Biden's plan to partition Iraq—an idea that, according to the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, would "produce extraordinary suffering and bloodshed"—or of the weeks after 9/11, when, as a senator, Biden proposed sending $200 million to Iran, which has collaborated with al Qaeda for years. The pool of Biden's misjudgments has long been overflowing. And in those few seconds on CBS, Gates delivered a sledgehammer's worth of impact, unable to ignore a career of international follies.
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Two months after the interview, on Thursday, Biden delivered a major speech on foreign policy in New York, trying to convince Democratic voters that they should ignore such criticism and choose him to challenge President Trump next year. Rather than focus on his opponents in the primary, Biden centered his remarks on Trump, portraying himself as the antithesis of—and even the savior from—the 45th president.
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