When Joe Biden was vice president, he was the point person on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and became so vested in the crisis that some academics believed it would pose problems for him if he decided to run for president.
“I didn’t much care,” Biden wrote in his 2017 book Promise Me, Dad. “There was an important principle at stake: big countries ought to not beat up smaller ones, especially after they had given their word not to.”
Biden, who served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as a senator, earned a reputation in the Obama White House for taking more of a dove-like approach when it came to foreign policy. He was famously skeptical of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, in 2011.
“He was definitely more cautious than others in the cabinet and saw his service as asking Obama the hard questions,” said Richard Fontaine, the CEO of the Center for a New American Security who served as a foreign policy adviser to the late Sen. John McCain (Ariz.).
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