In Poland, Joe Biden Still Has Trouble Telling the Truth

What message is Obama sending to Poland by dispatching a notorious liar?


It's no secret that Joe Biden likes to make things up. Or take large pieces of a British politician's biography and try to pass it off as his own.

Biden is a compulsive liar. If you ask him to fill five minutes, he'll do it by claiming to have invented the internet, cold fusion and perpetual motion.

No sooner did Obama send Biden to reassure Poland, than Biden followed up by telling more crazy lies.

Vice President Joe Biden wandered a little off course on a trip down memory lane today.

“Fifteen years ago, I was honored, as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, to lead the fight for Poland’s admission into NATO,” Biden said in Warsaw during a visit designed to reassure America’s Eastern European allies in the wake of Russia’s move to take control of Crimea.

The only problem: Biden wasn’t chairman back then.

It was Sen. Jesse Helms, a North Carolina Republican, who guided the committee and launched the floor debate on granting NATO accession to Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Biden did lead minority Democrats in approving the treaty resolution, after having initially expressed doubts about the political viability of expanding NATO.

“If we are really going to alienate the Russians,” Biden asked in January 1997, according to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, “what are we going to get for it?”

Bloomberg calls this a gaffe, but the technical term is lie.

Biden is making up something that never happened while shifting his position from skeptical supporter to enthusiastic proponent.

If Mitt Romney had given a speech in which he claimed to have been Governor of New York during September 11, the media wouldn't be calling it a gaffe. They would be calling it an outrageous lie.

What message is Obama sending to Poland by dispatching a notorious liar to provide security reassurances for them?