Biden's attempt to shift blame for ISIS to Turkey brings angry response

Vice President Biden was highly critical of Turkey and other US allies in the Middle East for funding ISIS and other terrorist groups. It was an attempt to shift the blame on the rise of ISIS and other terrorist groups from Obama's precipitous withdrawal from Iraq and failure to arm non-terrorists in Syria to US allies.

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"The Turks are great friends and I have a great relationship with Erdogan. The Saudis, the Emiratis etc. But what were they doing? They were so determined to take down (Syrian President Bashar al-)Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war that they poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tonnes of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad.

"Except the people being supplied were Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda and extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.

"We couldn't convince our colleagues to stop supplying them."

Biden went on to say that these countries had now "woken up" to the threat from IS and other militants.

"It took a while for Turkey, a Sunni nation, to figure out that ISIL was a direct and immediate threat to their well-being," Biden said, using an alternative name for IS.

Is Biden right? To some extent, yes. But it's a bonehead move to publicly call out an ally - especially a NATO ally - for essentially acting in their own interests.

Not surprisingly, Prime Minister Erdogan was livid:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted angrily on Saturday to comments by US Vice President Joe Biden that Turkey and others in the region had financed and armed jihadist organisations in Syria.

"If Mr Biden used such language, that would make him a man of the past for me," Erdogan told a press conference in Istanbul.

"No one can accuse Turkey of having supported any terrorist organisation in Syria, including IS," he said, referring to the Islamic State jihadist group.

For the record, most of ISIS original funding came from Qatar. The Saudis, Turks, and UAE all sold arms to ISIS, not being very particular about which opposition group in Syria they were arming. After all, they don't have to pick up the pieces after the civil is over so why should they care who gets the arms?

It is a crime against humanity to give material support to terrorist groups. By stupidly accusing Turkey of being a rogue state, Biden undercut NATO, as well as US interests in the region.

Six years and they have yet to learn how to shut him up.

Vice President Biden was highly critical of Turkey and other US allies in the Middle East for funding ISIS and other terrorist groups. It was an attempt to shift the blame on the rise of ISIS and other terrorist groups from Obama's precipitous withdrawal from Iraq and failure to arm non-terrorists in Syria to US allies.

AFP:

"The Turks are great friends and I have a great relationship with Erdogan. The Saudis, the Emiratis etc. But what were they doing? They were so determined to take down (Syrian President Bashar al-)Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war that they poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tonnes of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad.

"Except the people being supplied were Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda and extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.

"We couldn't convince our colleagues to stop supplying them."

Biden went on to say that these countries had now "woken up" to the threat from IS and other militants.

"It took a while for Turkey, a Sunni nation, to figure out that ISIL was a direct and immediate threat to their well-being," Biden said, using an alternative name for IS.

Is Biden right? To some extent, yes. But it's a bonehead move to publicly call out an ally - especially a NATO ally - for essentially acting in their own interests.

Not surprisingly, Prime Minister Erdogan was livid:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted angrily on Saturday to comments by US Vice President Joe Biden that Turkey and others in the region had financed and armed jihadist organisations in Syria.

"If Mr Biden used such language, that would make him a man of the past for me," Erdogan told a press conference in Istanbul.

"No one can accuse Turkey of having supported any terrorist organisation in Syria, including IS," he said, referring to the Islamic State jihadist group.

For the record, most of ISIS original funding came from Qatar. The Saudis, Turks, and UAE all sold arms to ISIS, not being very particular about which opposition group in Syria they were arming. After all, they don't have to pick up the pieces after the civil is over so why should they care who gets the arms?

It is a crime against humanity to give material support to terrorist groups. By stupidly accusing Turkey of being a rogue state, Biden undercut NATO, as well as US interests in the region.

Six years and they have yet to learn how to shut him up.