Sun, 12 Apr 2009 19:43:52 +0000 – By Michael GoodwinNew York Daily News Columnist/FOX News Contributor
By the veep's standards, each incident qualified as the Big One. Except, of course, none was. Each faded and was replaced by a fresh crisis that, briefly, laid claim to fulfilling Biden's prophecy. The problem is that Biden had it wrong. There isn't going to be just one international test of Obama's mettle. There will be a string of them until friend and foe alike gauge where Obama is willing to draw a line and defend it.
Some crises will be the inevitable clash of interests, but most will be a deliberate decision to probe the uncertainty about Obama's ultimate objectives and stomach for risk. It's an uncertainty Obama has helped to foster.
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