Ol’ Joe Biden is reliably entertaining, and he didn’t disappoint today.
Today, however, he was extremely illuminating, which is quite out of character for him. To be fair, the illumination was unintentional…
Gregory (Who has done FAR better as host of Meet The Press than I expected; I was a hopeless Russert fan) asked him (all quotes approximate):
“There are a lot of people saying that the Obama administration isn’t taking the War on Terror seriously. How do you respond to that?”
And Ol’ Joe said:
“They must not be paying attention, then. We take the War on Al Qaeda extremely seriously…” and then went on to rant about the current Afghanistan campaign and Dick Cheney generally.
See the problem?
The QUESTION was about the War on Terror.
The ANSWER was about the War on Al Qaeda.
!!!THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE!!!!
This is extraordinarily revealing about the fundamental perceptual handicap that the Obama administration has on this entire issue. The problem is a size 1000, and they see it as a size 10. I haven’t seen anyone else pick up on this yet, but I’m sure they will.
And, full disclosure, I’ll second Dick Cheney’s view, and state that I completely endorse what the Obama administration is doing in Afghanistan currently, in general, and in Pakistan as well.
Carry on, Mr President!