Biden confuses "brigades" with "battalions" -- for the third time in a week

Another confidence-building moment from our would-be regent, there to provide a steady hand while the young king finds his way.

[H]eralding his own experience, Biden also said he “know(s) as much as anyone in government about” national security and foreign policy.

And for the third time since his acceptance speech a week ago, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confused battalions and brigades.

“Over a year and a half ago,” Biden said of Obama. “He said we need two more combat battalions in Afghanistan.”

Actually, Obama called for two more combat brigades.

A brigade is bigger than a battalion — a brigade, in fact, is composed of a varying number of battalions.

Ed rapped him the first time he did this a few days ago, which I thought at the time was a bit harsh for what surely must have been a simple misstatement. Nope: Turns out he really doesn’t know the difference. If Palin made this same mistake, of course, she’d be finished, as it would prove conclusively that she has no firmer grasp of military matters than, um, a six-term U.S. Senator.

More at the link, including an attack on Fred Thompson and Biden’s second “slip” in three days accidentally placing himself at the top of the Democratic ticket. Exit question: How hard do we want to be on him today? In light of some other choice stories I’m seeing around the ‘sphere, I’m thinking not very.