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Jul. 23 2009 - 2:52 pm | 9 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

Biden’s “sniper fire” moment

Joe Biden was in Georgia today and spoke to the Georgian parliament. He seems to have gotten some of his talking points from Hillary Clinton:

One year ago, as the Speaker referenced, I came to Georgia under very different circumstances. I was advised by many not to come. I was told that it wasn’t a particularly opportune moment. But I wanted to make clear why your independence was so important to my country and the world. Instead of standing in your parliament, I sat on the rooftop of a restaurant with President Saakashvili, as the sound of artillery fire and fighter aircraft punctuated the night.

Keen reader Emil Sanamyan alerted me to this picture, from the website of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, of what appears to be that very rooftop meeting:

Duck, Joe!

As Emil points out, August 17, the day that Biden visited, was several days after fighting stopped in Georgia, and the BBC’s timeline (as well as several others I checked, many of which don’t even extend to the 17th) indicates nothing that would indicate much fighter jet activity or artillery fire. That’s not to say that there wasn’t a jet here and a round fired there, but as the photo indicates, it wasn’t much of a claim to bravery under fire. But we need to wait for Sinbad, I think, before we can really pass judgment on Biden’s claim. And give the guy a break, he’s probably just trying to impress the hot post-Soviet women.

via The White House – Press Office – Remarks By The Vice President To The Georgian Parliament.


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