What an assclown this guy is.
Biden: "I think we vastly underestimate the hand that we hold. Russia has to make some very difficult, calculated decisions. They have a shrinking population base, they have a withering economy, they have a banking sector and structure that is not likely to be able to withstand the next 15 years, they're in a situation where the world is changing before them and they're clinging to something in the past that is not sustainable."
Withering economy, and clinging to the solution they tried in the past that will not be long-term sustainable? Geez, pot, may I introduce you to....http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/articl...vU1uEAD99MT5TO3
Russian response: "Who is shaping U.S. foreign policy? The president or members of his team? Joe Biden unexpectedly returned to the rhetoric of the previous Bush administration. We should respond to the Yankees in the same way. Any other language, unfortunately or fortunately, they do not understand."
Biden had some good points, but clearly has no concept of diplomacy or tact. The Russian description of him as having "boorish openness" seems pretty apt here.