Biden: Maybe the EU capital is the center of the free world

posted at 3:35 pm on May 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

As Joe Biden gaffes go, this one’s a …medium.  Biden saluted Brussels, Belgium in the opening of his address to the European Parliament with the traditional, obsequious praise all speakers offer to another country when addressing their legislatures — well, almost all, anyway.  However, as Biden is wont to do, he goes overboard, and in the process denigrates his peers in the American political system and his own country:

As you probably know, some American politicians and American journalists refer to Washington, DC as the “capital of the free world.”  But it seems to me that this great city, which boasts 1,000 years of history and which serves as the capital of Belgium, the home of the European Union, and the headquarters for NATO, this city has its own legitimate claim to that title.

How exactly would Brussels claim that status?  Do they spend massive amounts of money defending the free world and policing the trade routes of the world?  In Afghanistan, do they play a primary or even secondary combat role in the most obvious Western effort to defend liberty against its enemies?  Not exactly.  The US still picks up the tab for most of those efforts, as it has for the last sixty-five years.  If we hadn’t done so, there wouldn’t be an EU in the form it takes today, and if we stopped, it’s likely that the EU wouldn’t survive under the economic pressures of providing for its own security.

That’s not to say that the EU doesn’t partner with us on those issues; they do.  But they hardly take a leadership role.  Perhaps Biden is speaking of the future, after Barack Obama successfully concludes his apology tour during his term of office and we withdraw from global affairs, or at the least start asking for EU approval for our foreign policy.  At least that would make some sort of sense from the nonsensical and silly claims Biden made in Brussels.


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Is Joe intellectually challenged?

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Biden the musclehead from Brussels. I’m sure we’re all comforted knowing that the Belgiums got our back. Iran must be shaking in its sandals.

eaglewingz08 on May 24, 2010 at 5:06 PM

How exactly would Brussels claim that status? Do they spend massive amounts of money defending the free world and policing the trade routes of the world?

(Just came to the party, but can’t resist…someone probably beat me to it:)

Answer: They have a giant statue of a little boy taking a leak. That’s how.

Chewy the Lab on May 24, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Here’s the link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manneken_Pis

Chewy the Lab on May 24, 2010 at 5:16 PM

I am sorry, I cannot take this any longer. I am Israeli not American, but America is the greatest country on earth, you are an exceptional people, one whom others around the world have tried to model themselves after.

You are the world’s true sole superpower, don’t let any one (least of all this pitiful leadership you have elected) tell you otherwise, that includes isolationists, progressives and all other manner of quacks. This ‘weak america’ crap is embarrassing, please stop groveling to all the world’s 2nd rate losers – It makes good people around the world sick to hear this.

Gd Bless America.

saus on May 24, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Dang! Didn’t work

Chewy the Lab on May 24, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Is this a sorry attempt at a riposte to Nigel Farage’s takedown of Rompuy?

(Just an excuse to post a palate-cleanser after Biden)

YehuditTX on May 24, 2010 at 5:19 PM

His weekend pass was only to visit his family. Do they know where Joe is?

red131 on May 24, 2010 at 5:21 PM

But it seems to me that this great city, which boasts 1,000 years of history and which serves as the capital of Belgium, the home of the European Union, and the headquarters for NATO, this city has its own legitimate claim to that title…And if it wasn’t for us you’d all be speaking German or be lampshades now!! Suck it EU!!

FIFY

Caper29 on May 24, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Maybe he meant “free” as in “free stuff for nothing” rather than free from oppression.

In that case, the EU certainly has a claim to the title.

Though, unfortunately, it looks and sounds like our President and his moon-struck followers would like to claim that crown as well.

IndieDogg on May 24, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Y’all give Joe a break. He had just spent ten hours on a street in Brussels,trying to figure out how the water comes out of that world famous statue.

kingsjester on May 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Joe Visits the Manneken-Pis

leilani on May 24, 2010 at 5:41 PM

As Joe Biden gaffes go, this one’s a …medium

I would rate it higher than that, Ed. On par with “j-o-b-s is a three letter word” or “Stand up, Chuck!”

This is like proclaiming Berlin was the center of the universe on May 1st, 1945. The EU is about to collapse.

Norwegian on May 24, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Joe also thinks Brussels is the center of all Sprouts…

albill on May 24, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Biden is an idiot. As bad as Obama is, let’s all pray nothing happens to him. If we think it’s bad with Obama leading the charge, could you envision this country if Biden took hold of the reins?

I shudder at the thought.

ButterflyDragon on May 24, 2010 at 7:47 PM

It seems the some Europeans don’t really care for Brussels either. Check out:

INTERVIEW WITH DUTCH TEA PARTY LEADER

“Besides all these poisoning taxes, Dutch business owners are also confronted with rules, rules and rules. Bureaucracy is immense. And the main problem is: Brussels (where the EU is located) tells us all how to do it.”

Mutnodjmet on May 24, 2010 at 9:00 PM

If Belgium really wants to warehouse the UN – so they can be the center of the free world, we should let them. The UN is sitting on some prime real estate maybe Al Qeada will redirect their targeting to Brussels….It’s all good news GRIN.

Dr Evil on May 24, 2010 at 9:05 PM

2008……..”Crazy Talk”
New World Order, global elites, Governments really like International Corporations, ruling class only acceptable leaders, International bankers rule finance, etc etc.

2010
Out in the open…..normal policy, accepted news, all of the above.

PappyD61 on May 24, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Do they have a blog with the “Gaffe’s of Biden” yet? Someone could be making GOLD on that!

upinak on May 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM

A modest suggestion for its name: GOTUS (Gaffer of the United States).

ya2daup on May 24, 2010 at 10:38 PM

And there is a $h!tty tasting vegetable named after that city

macncheez on May 24, 2010 at 3:44 PM

A Texan acquaintance from graduate school memorably described them as “little green turds”.

ya2daup on May 24, 2010 at 10:40 PM

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