May 9, 2010
Putin disinvites Biden to WW II anniversary celebration
Just two months ago Joe Biden was at the center of a foreign policy controversy between the Obama Regime and Israel. The announcement of a new housing project in Jerusalem while Mr. Biden was on an official visit was used as a pretext for an outrageous assault on a loyal and trusted ally by the White House. According to the Jerusalem Post.
The campaign was personally orchestrated by President Barack Obama. His Vice President Biden accused us of "endangering US lives in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan." Despite Prime Minister Netanyahu's abject apology, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused him of "insulting" the US. Obama's chief political advisor David Axelrod even claimed that the Israeli government was deliberately undermining peace talks.
Team Obama with the help of their fellow travelers in the MSM was able to take a minor faux pas on the part of Israel and turn it into a major story in an attempt to curry favor in the Muslim world. The Obama attack on Israel only succeeded in straining U.S. relations with our only reliable ally in the middle east without scoring any points with the Muslims.
As world leaders including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Chinese President Hu Jintao are gathering in Moscow's Red Square for the 65th anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany, Joe Biden is cooling his heels in Brussels. Joe was to represent the U.S. at the ceremony, however Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin personally crossed V.P. Biden's name off the list. The UK Guardian tells us.
The White House is privately furious at the snub. Barack Obama told Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev, he was unable to attend but had confidently offered Biden as his replacement. Moscow's diplomatic corps has been abuzz all week with news of Putin's unexpected veto.
Why such a muted response from Mr. Obama and Secretary of State Clinton? They were loud and aggressive in their response to a perceived snub of Mr. Biden by Israel, doesn't this deliberate insult to the vice president merit a similar response? Where is the MSM coverage of this story? It looks like this is yet another curious chapter in the Obama foreign policy pay book.