Vice President Joe Biden Means No Drama for President Obama

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For many of us who wanted a Change Ticket in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections, the idea of Delaware Senator Joe Biden on the ticket was not in the thought process. Some thought that Virginia Governor Tim Kaine or Evan Bayh would have been selected. Some were even thinking that Sam Nunn would have been the nominee as he has not been mentioned much in the news. Yet, in the end of Friday, it became Breaking News.

For the Obama Campaign, Joe Biden is the next Vice President. Picking Joe Biden means that The Obama Campaign is going with the Senator who knows the foreign arena. Senator Obama also sends the message that it is not one's geography that is important in the campaign, it's their personal message that is important. One of the key statements Obama made recently that could be attributed to Joe Biden is when he said that "America needs a Pakistan Policy, not a Musharraf Policy." That statement was a key indicator that Senator Biden may be the nominee.

It is also important to observe the type of Foreign Policy that Senator Obama may pursue and the type of foreign strategy Senator Obama will plan for the next administration. One of Joe Biden's biggest policy issues has been working on the Pakistan Policy, especially at a time when the former President of Pakistan resigned and Pakistan is going through a critical phase in which the international community must be concerned, with the War on Terror happening in it's turf.

Out of the other names who were potential Vice President Nominees, former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn is likely to be an advisor to the Obama Campaign. This comes with consideration that Sam Nunn's foreign policy credentials and his knowledge on nuclear related issues are major assets that the campaign must utilize. Joe Biden is Not Change, he is the same. But sometimes it takes someone from an experienced stand point to understand how one can quickly change the dynamics of the U.S. Senate. At a time when Democrats need to take the Senate with at least 60 seats, Delaware will likely remain on the Democratic map. If Barack Obama chose Evan Bayh, the Democrats would have been likely to loose that seat to a Republican.

If there is one thing that Joe Biden has changed on, it is the issue of Pakistan. Democrats have traditionally have not been close to Pakistan at the times when Democrats should have been close, such as the Jimmy Carter Administration and the Bill Clinton Administration. At these times, Pakistan was under democratic rule. In the 1970s, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the democratically elected leader of Pakistan. In the 1990s, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif were democratically elected. Yet at those times, the United States had a weaker relationship with these leaders, and Democrats were in Power. Now, Joe Biden has been a vocal supporter for Democracy in Pakistan and wants to work to help Pakistan build it's institutions on his foreign policy as the key strategy to win the War on Terror. This is the type of change needed in the Foreign Policy. To support Democracy and Judicial Institutions rather than to hinder their development.

This is the type of Foreign Policy that is part of the change. Foreign Policies in our recent past use to be about supporting authoritative figures, despite their lack of popularity within their own nations. The Biden Policy on Pakistan resembles a new change in Politics in regards to Foreign Policy. It also focuses attention on the key issues facing the Executive Branch of the United States, globally. As Pakistan prepares to pick a new President in September, whoever the President of Pakistan is, the United States needs to pay attention to events there as Pakistan is the key battlefield in the War on Terror.  A Strong Pakistan in the War on Terror is very important for the United States.

Munzir Naqvi graduated from Kennesaw State Univesity with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.  He is pursuing a Liberal Arts Degree at Harvard University. 

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