Biden: The Tsarnaevs are “knock-off jihadis”

posted at 2:42 pm on April 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via NRO, someone didn’t get the memo that liberals are still in “pretend the motive is unclear” phase, the most fun part of which is spitballing about Tamerlan Tsarnaev possibly having brain damage from boxing. Could that be it? Could it be that Bin Laden liked to spar for fun too and finally took one right hand to the face too many circa 2001? What about poor Dzhokhar’s “Holden Caulfield-like adolescent alienation,” a hormone-fueled vortex that had him alternating between cooing over how hot Miss USA is and planting bombs next to eight-year-olds? Will we ever know the answer?

When even Andrew Sullivan can’t resist goofing on lefty theories pointing everywhere except at the obvious, you know this debate is more or less over. It’s embarrassing to the culture that an American leader acknowledging the truth warrants some special recognition, but it is what it is: Credit where it’s due here for Biden, even if the term “knock-off” as a putdown is kind of odd in context. Are “authentic” jihadis, trained overseas and willing to kill themselves for the cause, somehow better? Mind-bending exit quotation about Tamerlan Tsarnaev from his former brother-in-law: “[H]e was angry that the world pictures Islam as a violent religion.”

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Undoubtedly, Benedict Arnold had his moments of verbal grace. Julius Rosenberg surely put forth an eloquent argument now and then. And Duranty was certainly an impassioned elocutionist.

I get your point, now go stick it somewhere else.

M240H on April 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

You should watch the speech entirely, whenever it is available, to appreciate what I and the other guy from Boston said. As I said, I wasn’t expecting much. In fact I came very close to stop watching the memorial at that point because I cannot stand Biden. That speech however showed me I side of him I had never seen before. More importantly, if that’s how he spoke to the crowds in Pennsylvania, Ohio or Florida, there is a lot that the GOP can learn from it. As the guy from Boston said,

Biden hits an emotional vein that Obama only wishes he could ever hit.

Ditto of Romney or any other of the conservative names that have been aired as potential 2016 candidates.

p_incorrect on April 24, 2013 at 5:06 PM

p_incorrect on April 24, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Biden 2016 campaign kicks off at a funeral.

BobMbx on April 24, 2013 at 5:09 PM

From a knockoff of a Statesman. In the party of knockoffs.

ndanielson on April 24, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Biden 2016 campaign kicks off at a funeral.

Betcha I can guess what funeral Sheriff Joe might be hoping for:

“I came to bury the GOP, not to praise it”

hawkeye54 on April 24, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Considering the full spectrum of Islamic violence, Mr Biden is correct: Two attackers and two bombs on a crowded street and only three killed is not an impressive result. They didn’t even dignify their attack with suicides.

The problem is not Mr Biden’s words; it is that all over the world disappointed Muslims are thinking something similar, and then appending the thought “I could do better than that”.

YiZhangZhe on April 24, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Behold our wonderful little national embarrassment…

dpduq on April 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM

So, if they were geniune Jihadis then they would have killed many more and Joe would have given them more respect?

Joe is not a “knock-off” idiot, he’s the real thing.

A shame that grieving relatives had to hear this.

virgo on April 26, 2013 at 2:32 AM