Biden Doubles Pakistani Missile Range, Might Have Threatened Begin in 1982

Biden claimed in the vice-presidential debate that  Pakistani nuclear weapons can hit Israel and the Mediterranean.

IFILL: Let’s move to Iran and Pakistan. I’m curious about what you think starting with you Sen. Biden. What’s the greater threat, a nuclear Iran or an unstable [Pakistan]? Explain why.

BIDEN: Well, they’re both extremely dangerous. I always am focused, as you know Gwen, I have been focusing on for a long time, along with Barack on Pakistan. Pakistan already has nuclear weapons. Pakistan already has deployed nuclear weapons. Pakistan’s weapons can already hit Israel and the Mediterranean.

As Campaign Spot at National Review Online points out, Pakistan and Israel are slightly more than 2,000 miles away from each other. The Pakistani’s nuclear-capable missile with the longest range is the Ghauri, which can reach 1,000 miles with poor accuracy. There’s not much to say about this except that Biden, the supposed foreign policy expert, is simply wrong.

John Podhoretz is also writing on his blog that according to a former editor of Ma’ariv, Biden threatened to cut off aid to Israel in 1982.

A friend in Washington e-mails a quote about a confrontation between then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Joseph Biden, that would have occurred in the summer of 1982. The quote comes from a piece by Moshe Zak, one-time editor of the Hebrew paper Ma’ariv, that appeared in the Jerusalem Post on March 13, 1992 (sorry, no link):

In a conversation with Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, after a sharp
confrontation in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the subject
of the settlements, Begin defined himself as “a proud Jew who does not
tremble with fear” when speaking with foreign statesmen.

During that committee hearing, at the height of the Lebanon War, Sen.
John Biden (Delaware) had attacked Israeli settlements in Judea and
Samaria and threatened that if Israel did not immediately cease this
activity, the US would have to cut economic aid to Israel.

When the senator raised his voice and banged twice on the table with
his fist, Begin commented to him: “This desk is designed for writing,
not for fists. Don’t threaten us with slashing aid. Do you think
that because the US lends us money it is entitled to impose on us what
we must do? We are grateful for the assistance we have received, but
we are not to be threatened. I am a proud Jew. Three thousand years
of culture are behind me, and you will not frighten me with threats.
Take note: we do not want a single soldier of yours to die for us.”

After the meeting, Sen. Moynihan approached Begin and praised him for
his cutting reply. To which Begin answered with thanks, defining his
stand against threats.

9 Responses to Biden Doubles Pakistani Missile Range, Might Have Threatened Begin in 1982

  1. Eliyahu says:

    Moynihan stood head and shoulders above Biden [and obama] in intelligence. Biden was not only offensive with Begin but made several errors in the debate with Sarah Palin besides the one discussed above by RL.

  2. Cynic says:

    Eliyahu,
    By now you must be aware of Biden’s faux Foreign Policy experience with regard to Lebanon. He was in good company in 1982 along with the know alls Baker and Weinberger who only worsened Carter’s FP mess with their mistakes in Lebanon, making Iranian control of the Persian gulf a possibility in the not too distant future especially if Hezbollah controls Lebanon completely and they have their bomb.

  3. Eliando says:

    And Pakistan has always hated the Mediterranean too! That inland sea, ringed by all those countries! Claiming to be the birthplace of civilization, when everyone knows it was Pakistan that founded civilization.

    Yes, Pakistan can nuke the Mediterranean Sea, and probably will, unless Joe Biden is elected to stop them!

  4. Eliyahu says:

    Cynic, actually didn’t know about Biden’s role. But you might consider the possibility that, when zbig helped khomeini & Co. take over Iran in 1979, he knew what he was doing. Do they really care that Iran might come to dominate the Persian Gulf and make those lovely Arab sheiks there even more dependent on US good will?

    both jim baker the repub and zbig the dem helped Hizbullah, the PLO and Syria take over Lebanon. Yes, I know that the PLO there has been much weakened.

  5. Cynic says:

    Eliyahu,
    What I meant that Biden was in amongst politicians and must have known that Hezbollah Iran sent the US and France “running” (the paper tiger image was reinforced) in 1983 because Weinberger and Baker had other plans.
    (Had they played their role correctly, as did the Russians who dealt viciously with bestial behaviour against their “diplomats” there might not have been the Marine baracks episode for starters)

  6. ajmal says:

    Sir,

    First of all, I would like to say that American Policy is entirely against our nation, i.e, nation of Pakistan. But, our Democratic so-called leaders are trying to work on the forum of PAK AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP.
    They are very innocent and according to their bent of mind, they thought that they must make good relations with USA, for making their government strong.

    One thing is quite clear, that States intend to destabilize us. States are trying very hard to destabilize us throuth CIA. As far as your CIA is concerned, I may add that CIA with the help of MUSAAD AND RAA, they are improving capbility as well as supporting secretly to the TALABANS OF WAZIRISTAN, to destabilize us. They are also intervening into our province BLOCHISTAN to separate from Pakistan.

    Please remember one thing in your mind that our people know each and everything, which you, i.e, American Government is doing with our country. In one side they are giving DOLLARS to the Government of Pakistan and other side spending huge money through their secret agencies to destabilize our country.

    Please don’t make us fool. Pakistani nation are very well aware with your this kind of act.

    You people cannot win our hearts, if the policy will not be changed.

    I will wait your response.

    Thanks,

    ajmal

  7. Rizwan Shafqat says:

    i am tottly agreed with ajmal,s comment.
    dont fool Pakistan,s nation.
    we love those nations.who love pakistan…
    we dont hate amarica.but we hate amaricans policies about pakistan.if you want to win our hearts then change your durty policies about pakistan.

  8. MUHAMMAD says:

    HEY EVERY ONE………. DON’T WORRY ABOUT PAKISTAN YOU ALL… AMERICAN AND INDIAN MEDIA AND JOURNALIST THINK THAT PAKISTAN IS OVER CONFIDENT…. TELL YOU WHAT WE NEVER DISCLOSE OUR ORIGINAL MISSILE RANGE.. MY SISTER IS NUCLEAR SCIENTIST SHE IS WORKING IN KRL.KHAN REASEARCH LABORTRIES… AND IF AMERICAN DARE TO ATTACK PAKISTAN WE WILL SURELY HIT NUCLEAR ATTACK ON ISRAEL AND INDIA… PLUS IF WE STILL REMAIN WE WILL HIT AMERICA FROM GULF COUNTRIES… AND CHINA WILL 100 % BACK PAKISTAN AND SUPPORT IN ALL MEANS…. SO AMERICAN I PRAY AND WISH THAT YOU WILL MAKE YOUR BIGGER MISTAKE OF YOUR ENTIRE HISTROY… LIKE RUSSIA DID IN AFGANISTAN… WE WILL BREAK AMERICA IN 1000 PIECE’S.. YOU THINK YOU GET PAKISTAN BECOZ OF OUR CORRUPT GOVERMENT.. DNT FOLL YOUR SELF.. AND DNT TAKE MY SPEECH AS LOYAL TO MY COUNTRY… WE MEAN IT.. OUR EVERY PAKISTANI IS A WALKING NUCLEAR MISSILE FOR YOU…. GOD SAVE ISRAEL AND AMERICA… LOL….. SEE YOU IN HILL YOU FAGGOATS…

  9. Ali says:

    actually west is underestimating pakistan missile capacity.well its ok i am not gonna rectify yur error :) i jst wanna say what is pakistan what inside pakistan n what is every paksitani u cant imagine u dont kow our potential u can jst predict our shamed corrupt political shit.
    my brother say totally perfect every pakistani is an alive NUCLEAR BOMB for those whos trying to disintegrate pakistan dont dare to do this by GOD u will suffer MARK MY WORD
    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD LONG LIVE PAKISTAN

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