Biden visit fails to calm nerves in eastern Europe

posted at 9:21 am on March 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

With the Russian bear on the prowl, stalking the frontiers of eastern Europe, the anxiety felt by those who lived for decades under Kremlin oppression comes as no surprise. Neither does their gaze westward toward NATO and the US, which is why Vice President Joe Biden flew to Poland and Lithuania this week to reassure our allies on and near Russia’s borders — wherever those might be now — that we intend to stand firm in our alliance with them to defend their territorial integrity and sovereignty. However, the Washington Post reports that these allies are just as anxious at the end of Biden’s visit as they were when he arrived, having heard nothing of substance from the US during the visit:

As Ilves, a Swedish-born, American-educated former academic, noted in his appearance with Biden Russia’s intervention is “forcing us to reassess the assumptions of the past 20, 25 years.”

“The old idea of NATO, which I remember from 20 years ago, out of the area or out of business, predicated on a Europe that no longer has any threats – that, unfortunately, has turned out, with the actions we’ve seen against Ukraine, to no longer to apply,” he said. “The East-West relationship needs to be put on a new standing.” …

But in many ways, the visit itself was the message. Even Grybauskaite used the term “symbolic” to describe it before meeting with the vice president.

Beyond spine-stiffening pep talks – and some aspirational discussions about weaning Eastern Europe from Russian natural gas – Biden pledged very little of substance during the trip.

The US does not appear to have much urgency in communicating urgency except through speeches. With Russia fomenting unrest among ethnic Russians in Ukraine as a pretext for military action and with large ethnic-Russian enclaves in some frontier nations, eastern Europe wants to see a display of toughness from the West. Instead, it got some double-talk about defense:

[Biden] highlighted recent U.S. military contributions to Poland’s defense, a dozen U.S. F-16 fighter aircraft. The administration also has increased by 10 aircraft its contribution to the Baltic air policing program, another step Biden noted.

But those planes will leave with the United States as early as next month when it rotates out as the NATO partner to the Baltic nations for the air policing effort. Poland will replace the United States in that role, casting doubt on whether the increased air patrol will continue beyond then.

Biden’s team didn’t offer any sense of understanding their urgency:

The senior administration official traveling with Biden, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the meetings, said there is an assumption that once the United States rotates out of the program “an equal number of planes from allies will rotate in.”

An “assumption”? Er, shouldn’t this be something we confirm? That’s not a show of strength, or even business as usual. Poland, which has suffered for centuries under Russian domination, wants to feel reassured that the US takes its security concerns seriously, and the US in response can only offer an assumption that the additional strength added to air defenses might remain in place. The “senior administration official” promised to take “a close look at making sure that that number stays elevated” only after being probed on the specifics.

No one expected much out of Biden’s visit to our eastern European allies, but this grudging effort falls short of even lowered expectations. If we want our allies to remain confident in our ability to provide for their common defense, we have to act like we care about it in the first place. Not only does this make the entire visit look like a sham, it projects an air of unseriousness about American military preparations that is very dangerous in this crisis. We’re not going to go to war over Crimea, but we should at least project a readiness to act in coordinated defense of NATO partners, rather than shrug off any responsibility for our part in coordinating strategic levels of assets in the region.

No wonder our allies feel just as anxious now as they did before Biden arrived. Perhaps they should feel even more anxious. Smart power, indeed.


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I’m sure he got ON a few nerves.

CurtZHP on March 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM

I’m SHOCKED!

geojed on March 19, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Biden told the Poles if Russia takes over it will be their own fault for failing to build high speed rail. There’s no freedom without trains in Biden’s world.

Rocks on March 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Europeans love to see a man flail his arms and roll his eyes when talking.Joe surely got them laughing.

docflash on March 19, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Maybe he should’ve told some off color jokes?

ToddPA on March 19, 2014 at 9:34 AM

I guess Saul Alinsky did not have a chapter on foreign affairs.

Banshee Leader on March 19, 2014 at 9:34 AM

No wonder our allies feel just as anxious now as they did before Biden arrived. Perhaps they should feel even more anxious. Smart power, indeed.

NATO= Needs America To Operate. And with a spineless rat-eared appeaser who has shown zero interest in stemming Russian aggression, Biden’s European vacation is a worthless waste of taxpayer money. The only thing that could be worse is if he showed up in Poland and started talking about lebensraum.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 9:34 AM

The Spencer’s Novelty handshake buzzer didn’t help matters.

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

I’m positive a few of Joe’s off-color jokes calmed them down…

PatriotRider on March 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Maybe he should’ve told some off color jokes?

ToddPA on March 19, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Hey, the Polish tell Biden jokes.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Being an ally of the USA means nothing anymore. It will take a generation to rebuild what Captain Flexible and his minions have done to our allies and to us.

TXUS on March 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM

So we send a deranged, gaff prone, bigoted loudmouth to a sensitive area in turmoil and expect anything other than this?? Wasn’t it Gomer Pyle who used to say ‘Surprise, surprise!!!’ ??? I swear to all that is holy that we are definitely living in the last days of America as an exceptional nation. Thanks a lot, libiots…

bimmcorp on March 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM

If they wanted to prove how useless they are that certainly underlined it.

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Biden=Fail. Who knew?

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 9:38 AM

I seem to recall huge crowds in Europe and all the chattering classes there supporting Obama in 2008. They deserve whatever Russian decides to do to them.

Over50 on March 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Biden told them it doesn’t matter what the Russians do because Climate Change will get them first because of their pro energy policies. Also, Scranton has lots of Poles so Biden is practically Polish himself. Biden knows because they made him some pierogis.

Rocks on March 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I don’t care if we are exeptionable. I would be satisfied with competent leadership.

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

what??
this guy doesn’t fill them with confidence?
shocking…

dmacleo on March 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Hard to imagine that boob reassuring anyone of anything. Russia just snatched Crimea from Ukraine, and the West’s response was to ban a few officials from traveling. Eastern Europe has no reason to be confident that we’ll do anything should they decide to start reconstituting the USSR.

changer1701 on March 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Dear Leader is dumber than I thought if he expected that Uncle Joe would calm Eastern Europe’s fears. And THAT, my friends, is saying a LOT!

NavyMustang on March 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM

So we send a deranged, gaff prone, bigoted loudmouth to a sensitive area in turmoil and expect anything other than this??

bimmcorp on March 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Hey it gets better. The Yeti and her worthless brats are headed to China for vacation in a couple of weeks. What could possibly go wrong?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM

And, no, Biden didn’t disappoint us:

BIDEN COMMITS EMBARRASSING POLAND GAFFE

While in Poland on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden claimed that as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, he led the fight for Poland’s entry into NATO–an event that occurred before his chairmanship.
“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 declared. Poland joined NATO in 1999. Biden served as chairman from 2001 to 2003.

Ward Cleaver on March 19, 2014 at 9:44 AM

By the way, why did Biden make the trip? Killary who caused so much of these problems emerged from hibernation to say that she hoped Putin wouldn’t cause another cold war. But where is John Kerry? Time to put his face on milk cartons?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Duh!

Tinker on March 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

I don’t care if we are exeptionable. I would be satisfied with competent leadership.

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I’d settle for leadership of any kind.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Ward Cleaver on March 19, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Ward, you keep posting this stuff and our trolls will never come back. Is that … what you’re going for? Will you be happy then?

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

The Hans Blix puppet from Team America would’ve been more reassuring.

Wisdom_of_Homer on March 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I honestly can’t see how he could be reassuring to anyone about anything…

ladyingray on March 19, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Used to be we’d keep old fools like this safely locked away in the attic…

OmahaConservative on March 19, 2014 at 9:55 AM

BIDEN COMMITS EMBARRASSING POLAND GAFFE

Ward Cleaver on March 19, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Keep in mind that Biden got to be VP because he was the serious one with foreign policy experience. We wouldn’t want to send a US offical overseas and have them look silly, now would we? I mean it wasn’t like Biden presented Bronislaw Komorowski a novelty item from an office supply store with przestawiać mis-spelled.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Biden: “And Bronni, don’t call us, we’ll call you!”

Deano1952 on March 19, 2014 at 9:55 AM

I’m sure he left an impression!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmRXH7RkCZQ

claudius on March 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM

…so we are going from Arab Spring…to Russian Spring.

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM

The Hans Blix puppet from Team America would’ve been more reassuring.

Wisdom_of_Homer on March 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

“Hans BRIX“!

Ward Cleaver on March 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

The US does not appear to have much urgency in communicating urgency except through speeches.

That’s all this administration has got, words, just words. Except, of course, when it comes to Americans who disagree with them. Then they have the IRS, NSA, DOJ et al.

CPRforAmerica on March 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Biden told the Poles to fire a shotgun. That’ll teach the Russkies.

Seriously, Joe Biden is not going to calm any nerves.

rbj on March 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

The Hans BlixBrix puppet from Team America would’ve been more reassuring.

Wisdom_of_Homer on March 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

FIFY.

NavyMustang on March 19, 2014 at 9:58 AM

March, 2014. Dear diary:

“Bun in the oven” t-shirt found inadequate to relieve tension. Note to self: bring more Jewish jokes on overseas trips.

New selfie from biker chick. Told her I was in meeting; would text later.

Axe on March 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I seem to recall huge crowds in Europe and all the chattering classes there supporting Obama in 2008.

Over50 on March 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

You forgot to mention that the version you just recited is a lie created and disseminated by the lame stream media. The sole reason there were crowds is because of the popular rock bands that followed the jugeared jackass on the stage.

If he was a stand alone, no way would there have been large crowds overseas.

platypus on March 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

And, no, Biden didn’t disappoint us:

BIDEN COMMITS EMBARRASSING POLAND GAFFE

While in Poland on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden claimed that as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, he led the fight for Poland’s entry into NATO–an event that occurred before his chairmanship.
“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 declared. Poland joined NATO in 1999. Biden served as chairman from 2001 to 2003.

Ward Cleaver on March 19, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Joe, like the rest of this group, never lets the facts get in the way of a good story. Never, ever. Eddie Haskell is alive and well as our Vice President.

CPRforAmerica on March 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

“The old idea of NATO, which I remember from 20 years ago, out of the area or out of business, predicated on a Europe that no longer has any threats

The people in charge are all idiots.

Flange on March 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM

While speaking in Warsaw, Vice President Joe Biden falsely claimed he led the fight to get Poland into NATO as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

“Fifteen years ago, I was honored, as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, to lead the fight for Poland’s admission into NATO,” he said.

But, Bloomberg said, Biden was not chairman of that committee when the issue was debated. That job belonged to Sen. Jesse Helms, a conservative Republican from North Carolina. Biden did not become the chairman of the committee until 2001 — two years after Poland was admitted into NATO.

Initially, Biden was skeptical about expanding NATO, but eventually led minority Democrats in approving the resolution.

“If we are really going to alienate the Russians,” he asked in 1997, “what are we going to get for it?”

“Right now, if I stand up and start talking with my constituents about the price, if I tell them, ‘We are about to extend our nuclear umbrella to Slovakia,’ I wonder how many people in Dagsboro, Del., are going to say, ‘Hey, that’s a great idea,’” he reportedly said at the time.

According to Bloomberg, Biden said the issue needed more public discussion to have popular support.

He got it, Bloomberg added, and by the time it got to the floor for a debate, he had signed on.

“The committee, under Chairman Helms’ leadership, has been holding a series of comprehensive hearings since October on the pros and cons of enlarging NATO,” Biden said on Feb. 11, 1998. “For 40 years, the United States loudly proclaimed its solidarity with the captive nations of Central and Eastern Europe who were under the heel of communist oppressors. Now that most of them have cast off their shackles, it is our responsibility, in my view, to live up to our pledges to readmit them into the West through NATO and the European Union as they qualify.”

The Senate approved the expansion of NATO to include Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in a 80 to 19 vote, and Poland became a member in April 1999.


Shocka
, I know! Biden lie?!?!

Will he bet his vice-presidency, again?

Say It Ain’t So, Uncle Joe: Fack-Checking Joe Biden

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 10:03 AM


Appearing with Biden at the presidential palace, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said Russia has increased military spending 400 percent over the past eight years while some NATO members had cut defense spending. Biden responded, “You have an ally whose budget is larger than the next 10 nations in the world combined.”

What Biden doesn’t add is that Hagel and his rat-eared boss have plans on gutting the military and closing that gap.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 10:03 AM

“They gonna put y’all back in chains.”

They loved that line in Danville.

de rigueur on March 19, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Hey, the Polish tell Biden jokes.
Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Did he tell them to try the veal? Ba dum pah, pssshhh!

Cliff by the Ford on March 19, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Biden visit fails to calm nerves in eastern Europe

Ya don’t say….

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Well, if I was in distress Joe Biden is the last person I would want to see.

This is a disaster. Obama has set Europe back fifty years.

petunia on March 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Then Joe said he wanted to shop at the Fulda gap.

Cliff by the Ford on March 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM

OT/

Thanks, guys. I won my precinct with 85% of the vote. One of the highest. (Yeah, I was unopposed but still 85% bothered to check the box for PC.)

. . . Now, off to collect the signs back up in the rain. No rest for the wicked, lol.

Fallon on March 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM

^ Git ‘er done. :)

Axe on March 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Maybe things would calm down if Putin sent the Russian Interior Ministry’s chorus to Crimea to perform Get Lucky for their new citizens.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Everything Obama has done over the past 6 years should Eastern Europe that they are on their own. Sending in Biden just puts a little sugar coating on the bitter pill they have to swallow.

KayK2 on March 19, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Hey it gets better. The Yeti and her worthless brats are headed to China for vacation in a couple of weeks. What could possibly go wrong?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Why can’t they go to Cleveland???…

PatriotRider on March 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM

We’re not going to go to war over Crimea…

If you don’t remain silent on the issue of Putin’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine’s sovereign territory, accuse all Pro-Ukrainians of being Nazis, robustly applaud the ‘free and fair’ election in Crimea, and employ the moral relativistic tactic of whataboutism with a big emphasis on Iraq, according to the Putinbots and Paulistinians, you are advocating for war.

And, the Putinbots and Paulistinians complain about Obama’s construction and utilisation of strawmen and false choices?!?!?!

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM

And, no, Biden didn’t disappoint us:

BIDEN COMMITS EMBARRASSING POLAND GAFFE

While in Poland on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden claimed that as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, he led the fight for Poland’s entry into NATO–an event that occurred before his chairmanship.
“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 declared. Poland joined NATO in 1999. Biden served as chairman from 2001 to 2003.

Ward Cleaver on March 19, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Joe, like the rest of this group, never lets the facts get in the way of a good story. Never, ever. Eddie Haskell is alive and well as our Vice President.

CPRforAmerica on March 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

HEY!! He has a HAT!! He has it to this day!!

Wait, sorry. Wrong pompous story-teller claiming foreign policy expertise.

Never mind.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I seem to recall huge crowds in Europe and all the chattering classes there supporting Obama in 2008. They deserve whatever Russian decides to do to them.
Over50 on March 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I don’t think Poland was one of those places, they erected a statue of Reagan instead I think. Did Joe happen to bring the missile defense system that Obama reneged on, by the way? Maybe the Israeli’s can help them out with that.

Cliff by the Ford on March 19, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Ward Cleaver on March 19, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Great minds… :-)

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Why can’t they go to Cleveland???…

PatriotRider on March 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM

What do you have against Cleveland? ;0

Seriously, Ohio is too “flyovery” for the royals. You might as well suggest that they actually spend a night in their Chicago home (where they don’t even stay when spending the night in the city).

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM

The Spencer’s Novelty handshake buzzer didn’t help matters.

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

.
LOL

ExpressoBold on March 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Thank you Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, et al for destroying American credibility in the world.

Notwithstanding the fact we guaranteed the Ukraine’s territorial integrity in return for giving up their nuclear weapons, we refuse to respond in any punitive or material way to the modern forces of tyranny.

By the way, have you seen the aforementioned “memorandum” with the Ukraine mentioned in any news story? No, of course not. The palace guard media is once again protecting their king in place of honestly and fully explaining events to the American people.

This of course is only humiliating to Americans who love their country, because apparently the president, Democrats and their supporters believe this comports with their worldview.

The world is now a much more dangerous place as this centuries totalitarians march across sovereign countries, undeterred by the meaningless gestures which are not only Chamberlain-esque in their foolishness but can only be seen as deliberate policies of a party that wants nothing more than a diminished role for America in the world.

This type of foolishness has never ended well in history. Ever. The only lasting effect is a more dangerous world in which aggression is encouraged by weakness and empty repercussions.

Obama voters and Hillary Clinton supporter- give yourself a big round of applause.

Marcus Traianus on March 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Now let me ask you as question . . . if Biden showed up at your door, would your nerves calm?

rplat on March 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Obama is looking for batteries for the reset button.
How about growing a pair Obie and put the missile defense shield back in Poland and the Czech Republic?
Will the spineless French still send their two Mistral carriers to Putin?
Yes, most of the West is run by idiots.

Krupnikas on March 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Perhaps the next time some Obama or some feckless minion of his (such as the Sec. of State) decides to visit the Baltic States they can do him the favor of treating him with the same contempt that Obama treats them. Let ‘im take a cab from the airport and find his one d**n way to whatever hotel. Search his baggage, too. You want equality Obama? You got it – we’ll treat you the same way that we treat the rest of the great, unwashed masses that you claim to admire.

ss396 on March 19, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Now let me ask you as question . . . if Biden showed up at your door, would your nerves calm?

rplat on March 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Unannounced? I’d be reaching for my shotgun. ;0

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

In private meetings Biden advised the leaders to have all the wifes in Ukraine to step outside and fire off several shotgun blast.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM

I seem to recall huge crowds in Europe and all the chattering classes there supporting Obama in 2008. They deserve whatever Russian decides to do to them.

Over50 on March 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

You may need to work on your memory–That was the western socialists. While Germany was celebrating a 2nd coming of a socialist hero at Brandenburg Gate, Poland was erecting statues of Ronald Reagan.

Browndog on March 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Did Biden at any point use his “finger pistols” move when addressing these people? I say it’s likely.

PermanentWaves on March 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM

There is VERY big trouble brewing. Period.

HomeoftheBrave on March 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Cliff by the Ford on March 19, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Apologies, Cliff. I didn’t see your comment when I posted mine

Browndog on March 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

If Russian tanks roll into the Baltics, the Obama Admin will do little more than talk.

If Estonia and Latvia expect NATO to actually defend them via military action, they may as well hoist Russian flags over their cities now – because it’s not happening.

DRayRaven on March 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Maybe things would calm down if Putin sent the Russian Interior Ministry’s chorus to Crimea to perform Get Lucky for their new citizens.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Don’t you mean the “Red Army Chorus?” I don’t think interior has a chorius. And I have a half of dozen albums by the Red Army Chorus. Stone-cold militaristic, boring.

Walter L. Newton on March 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM

“Hey, if Russia invades your country, just get yourselves one of those 12 ga. shotguns, and fire a warning shot it the air”-Joe Biden

Browndog on March 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Don’t you mean the “Red Army Chorus?” I don’t think interior has a chorius. And I have a half of dozen albums by the Red Army Chorus. Stone-cold militaristic, boring.

Walter L. Newton on March 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM

How soon you forget. These guys performed at the Olympics in Sochi.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM

The SOVIET UNION is back and on the move. Rest assured, the roiling ME has overflowed into Europe, the Russians are moving in from the east, and the Chinese are calculating their next move in the South Pacific. Thank you, Obama, you coward. You traitor. You’ve signed our beloved country over to the tyrants.

HomeoftheBrave on March 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Seriously, Ohio is too “flyovery” for the royals

And we like it that way!

Wisdom_of_Homer on March 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Although Cleveland should probably be nuked from orbit. Sarc tag deliberately left off.

Wisdom_of_Homer on March 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Biden pledged very little of substance during the trip.

Not surprising. There is very little substance in this administration.

GarandFan on March 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Dear Citizens of Poland:

“If you like your country, you can keep your country”! Period!

Obama told me to say that, yours truly Joe.

hip shot on March 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

There is VERY big trouble brewing. Period.

HomeoftheBrave on March 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

There sure is! The rat-eared wonder has North Dakota State Beating No. 5 Oklahoma in the West Region!

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Biden visit fails to calm nerves in eastern Europe

Ya don’t say.

Midas on March 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM

When you care enough to send the very best…

Zardoz on March 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Fallon on March 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Grats!

Midas on March 19, 2014 at 10:43 AM

How soon you forget. These guys performed at the Olympics in Sochi.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Ok. Advantage Happy. I hate sports so I wouldn’t have even paid 1 seconded of attention to the Olympics.

Walter L. Newton on March 19, 2014 at 10:44 AM

And I “seconded” that. Stupid typing.

Walter L. Newton on March 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM

There sure is! The rat-eared wonder has North Dakota State Beating No. 5 Oklahoma in the West Region!

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Thanks for the chuckle…We all need a little levity as the world incinerates before our eyes. All of this makes me wax nostalgic for the days of the Dog Eater’s masterful handling of the Gulf Oil Spill crisis…Good times…good times…

bimmcorp on March 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Thanks for the chuckle…We all need a little levity as the world incinerates before our eyes. All of this makes me wax nostalgic for the days of the Dog Eater’s masterful handling of the Gulf Oil Spill crisis…Good times…good times…

bimmcorp on March 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM

I remember well the family trip to a Florida beach so that the press could take a picture of Captain Kickass looking at oil blobs. Before the Yeti flew off for that vacation in Spain which cost so much the DoD still refuses to say how much the taxpayers paid. You know because God forbid the royals would spend their precious vacation time in America.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Not surprising. There is very little substance in this administration.

GarandFan on March 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM

What substance there is, is foul smelling, hip deep, and needs an environmental impact report filed….

But Obama, Biden, Kerry, et al will keep shoveling it….

‘If you can’t dazzle with brilliance, you baffle with bulls***’…

…and there ain’t no brilliance with this Administration.

Athos on March 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM

What possible reason could the president have for letting our relations with foreign countries deteriorate so badly? Was it intentional or just plain ignorance? To send Biden out to calm jitters is like sending a circus clown, only clowns are smarter and probably more respected.

scalleywag on March 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I remember well the family trip to a Florida beach so that the press could take a picture of Captain Kickass looking at oil blobs. Before the Yeti flew off for that vacation in Spain which cost so much the DoD still refuses to say how much the taxpayers paid. You know because God forbid the royals would spend their precious vacation time in America.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Are you sure those were ‘oil blobs’?? The Obamas have been known to leave brown, floating objects whenever they take to swimming in the ocean…just sayin’…

bimmcorp on March 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Apologies, Cliff. I didn’t see your comment when I posted mine
Browndog on March 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Great minds again :) a yours was a right on comment. Reiteration on this is needed. Poland knows the feel of the Russian boot. The gateway to Europe is the Fulda Gap in Poland. Their country is uniquely situated for warfare, geographically. And historically. That is why they always had the greatest cavalry in Europe. No natural defenses. Here’s an idea, if we are going to end the Warthog, the greatest tank killer on the planet, what say we ship them to Poland? And some technical assistance. Hell, send everything the scoamf is cutting.

Cliff by the Ford on March 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM

In civics right now we are studying the three branches of government. The book says that the founding fathers didn’t really have a job for the Vice-President (they just gave him President Pro Tempore of the Senate to cast the tie-breaking vote if needed). Just a little historical perspective…..

ImmigrantsWife on March 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM

This midget hides in front of big US flags, risible!

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Link problem, RWM.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Remember the stupid Sally Kohn tweet ( and I don’t tweet) about what Republicans wanted to do “specifically” ? Well here is the answer. Stop him with Poland. This president will not defend them. We win both houses, start shipping everthing. Send the missiles over his veto. Give the Poles a credible defensive posture. Putin will respect them. Obama understands tryanny, but not true power. He must be cut from the loop somehow.

Cliff by the Ford on March 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Greasy Joe lives down to his well-earned reputation as a worthless idiot.

Jaibones on March 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Tyranny. Sorry.

Cliff by the Ford on March 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Although Cleveland should probably be nuked from orbit. Sarc tag deliberately left off.
Wisdom_of_Homer on March 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM

The river. It burns.

Cliff by the Ford on March 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

But back to Joe Biden. Has any Vice President ever more closely resembled a warm bucket of spit?

Cliff by the Ford on March 19, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Biden’s team didn’t offer any sense of understanding

And everybody’s shocked because?

Marcus Traianus on March 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Biden’s team didn’t offer any sense of understanding

And everybody’s shocked because?

Marcus Traianus on March 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Because the whole point of having a “team” is to keep from looking stupid in public.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

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