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Michelle Obama is not the only one yanked from the campaign trail in an attempt at damage control. Her new companion in the dog house is Joe Biden, who recently predicted that Barack Obama would provoke an international crisis if elected president.

Here’s what Biden had to say:

Mark my words, It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.

In other words, because Obama is inexperienced and lacks credentials to be commander-in-chief, the world’s rogue nations — the ones Obama said he would negotiate with “without preconditions” — will either attack or provoke the United States into an international crisis to see how he reacts.

But Biden lays out an even worse scenario than a simple international crisis. He also predicts that Obama will make the wrong decision — at least one that Americans would find difficult to support.

I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,” Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. “And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you – not financially to help him – we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.

“It’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right”? Hasn’t George Bush said the same thing about his Iraq policies? It also sounds as if the Joe Biden we heard during the Democratic primaries has returned to haunt his running mate. Back then, you recall, he said that Obama was not ready to be commander-in-chief and that the presidency was no place for on the job training.

Those of us who have been following Biden for a while are not surprised that he would bring up the campaign issue that Obama wants most to avoid: foreign policy. Things were going so well — the economy was falling apart, the media was ignoring Bill Ayers, ACORN, and Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The last thing Obama wanted was to remind voters two weeks before the election that he was not experienced enough to handle an international crisis.

Although most of the mainstream media have ignored Biden’s comments — Andrea Mitchell practically had to be water-boarded before she could admit that Biden said what he did — a few, notably Joe Scarborough, have been paying attention and suggested that if Sarah Palin had said something similar about John McCain, it would have been a major news story. Even Dan Rather admitted as much.

Here’s Scarborough discussing the Biden gaffe and his interview with Dan Rather:

As thanks for his salient evaluation of Obama’s foreign policy skills, Biden has been pulled from the campaign trail and sent to the Waldorf-Astoria to keep Michelle Obama company. The two, I imagine, can send down for another order or Iranian caviar and champagne.

My source for Biden’s comments can be found here.