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March 17, 2010

American Non-Exceptionalism (or: Biden as Chopped Liver)

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If governing truly has become a 200-channel circus and health care is sucking up most of the political oxygen (and the media truly doesn’t care about Afghanistan), then Biden is lucky because, otherwise, this little gem — of the Veep last week in a yarmulke standing before a Jewish star in Israel’s military cemetery in Jerusalem after the Israeli’s ambushed him with a major announcement about a major building push on the east side of town — makes Joe look a little like Dukakis in a tank.

(photo: Ariel Schalit/Reuters -Pool. caption: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden walks in Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem March 9, 2010. Biden assured Israel on Tuesday of Washington’s commitment to its security and preventing Iran from producing nuclear weapons.)

  • Dick Durata

    “Dukakis in a tank”
    Amen, and Obama is in it, too.

  • pragmatic realist

    I think is is more like Biden in the cross hairs of a sniper rifle aimed at his heart.

  • Supare Aude

    To me, like the student in Tiananmen Square standing up to the tank of an unreasoning press, blind support for Israel misdirection, and general apathy about the source of many of our problems with the Mideast. Fight on Joe, fight on. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall see God.

  • DennisQ

    How is Washington going to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons? That country needs the bomb because Israel already has it. Mutual Assured Destruction means that Israel will never use the bomb on Iran.
    The Israelis never met a war they couldn’t justify. Washington should be working to end the Mideast arms race by threatening sanctions against Israel, not just Iran.

  • Julia Grey

    Washington should be working to end the Mideast arms race by threatening sanctions against Israel, not just Iran.
    Yeah, that’ll happen.

  • David Wilton

    Why would an American elected official have to wear a symbol of the host country’s religious observance on a state visit? This is another example of the Israeli tail wagging the American dog (so to speak and probably so viewed by Israel). I just don’t understand it. (Well, I get it, but I don’t agree with it.)

  • matt

    this photo greatly captures what must be a deep emotional moment in biden’s professional life.
    he has developed relationships with many leaders around the world and has a longtime interest in the difficult diplomacy of the middle east.
    the trip caught him and his country off guard, complicating his professional endeavor and treating him as the emissary of our government disrespectfully.

  • E.

    I see a survivor … who has been hit with a body blow but who will, without any doubt, be carrying on nevetheless tomorrow and the next day. I’m very proud of our Vice President (and, for the record, his courtesy in respecting the religious traditions of others).

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