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The North Koreans Have A Point On Biden

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However dismal life may be in North Korea, never let it be said that the Stalinist enclave’s spokesmen lack creativity, particularly when it comes to name-calling.

Back in 2014 the North Koreans once referred to then-Secretary of State John Kerry as, “A wolf with a hideous lantern jaw,” and also described Kerry as a “wolf donning the mask of sheep.”

The trigger for these insults was then-Secretary of State Kerry’s statement saying Washington wants to see peace on the Korean Peninsula.

During the Obama years, North Korean officials routinely unleashed a slew of crude insults against leaders in Washington and Seoul, calling President Barack Obama a monkey and South Korea’s then-President Park Geun-hye a prostitute.

After North Korea hacked Sony Pictures in retribution for the movie “The Interview,” a film with a plotline about the assassination of Kim Jong Un, the North blamed Obama for disrupting its Internet access.

“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” an unnamed spokesman for North Korea’s ruling body, the National Defense Commission, said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

It wasn’t the first time North Korea used racist language to refer to Obama. In an article titled "Divine punishment to the world's one and only delinquent Obama," the government-run news agency stated: "You can also tell this by his appearance and behavior, and while it may be because he is a crossbreed, one cannot help thinking the more one sees him that he has escaped from a monkey's body."

After the North Koreans launched a series of missiles and prepared for their fourth nuclear weapons test South Korea and the United States issued a joint statement condemning the provocations.

This prompted the North Koreans to refer to South Korea’s then-President Park Geun-hye as an “old prostitute,” a reference to her close relationship with the United States.

Lest you think that this North Korean diplomatic language was limited to the Obama years, we assure you it wasn’t.

During the administration of President George W. Bush, the North Koreans, then led by Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, denounced then-Under Secretary of State John Bolton as "rude human scum” for pointing out that they were in violation of a Clinton-era deal to abandon their nuclear weapons program.

The North Korean’s latest torrent of insults was directed against former Vice President Joe Biden, hammering the former Vice President Tuesday as a “snob bereft of elementary quality as human being.”

“He is self-praising himself as being the most popular presidential candidate. This is enough to make a cat laugh,” the North Korean news agency wrote in a commentary piece quoted by The Hill. The news outlet went on to belittle Biden as a “fool of low IQ,” citing his college grades and disparaging him for falling asleep at a 2011 speech by former President Barack Obama.

In their criticism of Biden’s IQ the NoKos have a point, and it is one shared with no less a judge of Biden’s decision-making capacity than former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

In a 2014 column by Phillip Bump for The Atlantic, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said of former Vice President Joe Biden, "I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Gates' assessment of Biden's boss is only slightly better, depicting an Obama administration with very murky lines of communication on military issues.

Gates was consistently frustrated by his exchanges with Obama's advisors, especially Biden. From The New York Times:

Biden is accused of "poisoning the well" against the military leadership. Thomas Donilon, initially Obama’s deputy national security adviser, and then-Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, the White House coordinator for the wars, are described as regularly engaged in "aggressive, suspicious, and sometimes condescending and insulting questioning of our military leaders."

More recently Gates appeared on CBS's "Face The Nation" and was asked by host Margaret Brennan, “Would he [Biden] be an effective commander-in-chief?

ROBERT GATES: I-- I don't know. I don't know. I-- I think I stand by that statement. He and I agreed on some key issues in the Obama administration. We disagreed significantly on Afghanistan and some other issues. I think that the vice president had some issues with the military. So how he would get along with the senior military, and what that relationship would be, I just-- I think, it-- it would depend on the personalities at the time.

The North Korean talent for invective is often crude and racist, but as Robert Gates’ assessment demonstrates, in Biden’s case it is not wrong.

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