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October 06, 2014

He Just Can't Stop Himself, Can He?

The Vice President of the United States:

Vice President Biden apologized on Sunday for the second time in two days, in this instance to the United Arab Emirates, for comments he made suggesting that the United States’ Arab allies armed and funded terrorists in Syria.

The furor over the comments, made during a foreign policy address at Harvard University last week, have exposed deep rifts between the United States and its regional allies over who is to blame for the rise of the Islamic State and how to go about confronting it, underscoring the fragility of the coalition formed to fight the extremist group.

The White House said Biden telephoned Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and the most prominent Emirate leader, to say that the vice president did not intend to imply that the UAE supported terrorists.

The call followed an angry statement from the UAE’s Foreign Ministry earlier in the day expressing “astonishment” at Biden’s remarks and demanding a “formal clarification.”

Biden had described the United States’ allies as the “biggest problem” in the fight against terrorism, then went on to name Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Turkey was the first to complain, about a different remark made on the same occasion in which Biden claimed that Turkish President Recep Tayyep Erdogan had told him that Turkey was wrong to let foreign fighters cross the Turkish border into Syria.

Erdogan responded with a furious outburst, calling his relationship with Biden “history,” demanding an apology and denying that he had either made the comment to Biden or that Turkey had allowed foreign fighters to cross its borders.

Biden called Erdogan on Saturday to apologize, and the White House issued a separate statement in which the vice president said that Biden did not intend to imply that any of those allies had “intentionally” facilitated terrorists.

All we can say is that we're awfully glad The Smart People are back in charge. From the White House website transcript of the Biden foreign policy speech (yes, the same one that resulted in Vice Presidential apologies to Turkey and Saudi Arabia):

On energy, North America is literally -- not figuratively -- the epicenter of energy in the world today. There are more rigs, gas and oil rigs in the United States pumping today than every other nation in the world combined. Combined. North America will account -- meaning Mexico, China and Canada -- for two-thirds of the growth of global energy supply over the next 20 years. By 2018, the United States will be a net exporter of natural gas, and most projections show North America will be totally energy independent by 2020, and the United States shortly thereafter.

Do these people not have proofreaders? Fortunately, because this is Joe Biden and not, say, George W. Bush, we can all dismiss three major gaffes in a single speech as random-but-completely-understandable-verbal-miscues-that-mean-absolutely-nothing-and-should-not-be-interpreted-by-petty, partisan-journalists-as-suggesting-anything-about-the-speaker's-intelligence,-command-of-the-facts,-or-competence.

Thank Gaia!

Posted by Cassandra at October 6, 2014 07:36 AM

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Comments

Well, that's because the Shrub was an idiot who couldn't pronounce "nuclear" (nevermind that the Smartest President Evah thought you pronounced the 'p' in "corpsman"), and Biden is a genius. Just ask him.

Posted by: MikeD at October 6, 2014 10:49 AM

Heh.
. . . and they mocked Dan Quale for misspelling potatoe

Posted by: CAPT Mike at October 7, 2014 02:55 AM