Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Truth Can and Should Be Refreshing or Put You in Shït Størm

VP Joe Biden: Mess in Syria and Rise of ISIS/ISIL

This story comes from various sources (like ABC News here): 

Vice President Joe Biden apologized over the weekend to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after saying they had a role in allowing foreign fighters, weapons and money into Syria to bolster groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad and now ISIS/ISIL has those weapons. He also made similar statements about Saudi Arabia's role in aiding extremists.

Now, the diplomatic scramble that has followed underscores the Middle East's tangled alliances and the murky sources of support that have helped Syria become a hotbed for extremists. While Mr. Biden's comments were in line with some of what U.S. officials have been saying for months, they also have the potential to complicate administration efforts to keep those same counties in the coalition fighting the Islamic State, one of the most violent groups that have taken hold in Syria.

Even after Mr. Biden's back-to-back apologies, the White House was still in clean-up mode Monday. Officials made clear that he had erred in his public comments, but stopped short of declaring them inaccurate, saying in part: “He himself wishes he had said them a little differently” (said White House spokesman Josh Earnest).


He said during a question-and-answer session at the Harvard Kennedy School, in part, that one of the biggest challenges for the U.S. in identifying a moderate opposition to Assad in Syria was that some U.S. allies were helping strengthen groups with extremist tendencies, but then he added (this is the part in the toilet bowl):

He said: "The Saudis, the Emiratis, and others. What were they doing? They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons in to anyone who would fight against Assad. And, the problem is that the money and weapons ended up in the hands of the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, and now the Islamic State group (ISIS/ISIL)."

Stating publicly the obvious as he did vs. not using clever behind the scenes diplomatic lingo may be correct, but it is not being honest or forthwith with the American public, and besides, when did truthful become wrong or uncomfortable?

I see nothing wrong with what the Vice President said even though he was "forced (I suspect)" to apologize. He apologized for speaking honestly and openly about something we all know is mostly factual and true.

How can what he said be wrong or bad?  In a word: It can not. I support him 100% on this flap.

Nothing should ever supersede the truth or being honest about telling the truth, and especially when mixed with political hörsëshït. At least in my view.

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