“I think I can say … no president, and I would argue in the 20th century and including now the 21st century, has had as many serious problems which are cases of first-instance laid on his table,” Biden said. “Franklin Roosevelt faced more dire consequences, but in a bizarre way it was more straightforward.”
Much as I hate to admit it – I’m pretty sure that Ben hated admitting it – Biden does have a not-bad general point. Particularly when it came to foreign policy: World War II was the last conflict the USA had that could be solved with a good left hook*. Possibly that’s just nostalgia looking back at a not-really-less-complicated time in history: then again, possibly it’s not.
*I know that the reality on the ground was a good deal more complex, starting with the fact that we had to make a deal with Lucifer in order to kill Satan. But at least the ground rules were simple enough: kill every Axis soldier that you see until they run out of soldiers.