October 6, 2014

Joe Biden Says Something on ISIL That Makes Sense

Last week, Joe Biden blamed Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for helping fuel the rise of ISIL. This week, he’s apologizing for it. On Thursday, Biden told an audience at Harvard University, “Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria.” He argued that’s because Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE were “so determined to take down Assad” that they gave “hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons” to Syrian rebels of any stripe, effectively fueling a “proxy Sunni-Shia war.” Like other Biden-isms in the past, this most likely caused headaches for the ever-political Obama administration, so Biden picked up the phone to personally apologize to the leaders of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and UAE. But Biden’s frank analysis was actually correct: ISIL is motivated by Islam, and in this conflict between two religious factions, America too often ignores religion when our strategy is simply, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” More…

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