Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Should We Riot?

The header here was in the subject line of an email I got, leading me to a Wall Street Journal article. This article is based on an interview with Joe Biden; he is giving his opinions on eastern Europe:

Biden Says Weakened Russia Will Bend to U.S.

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview that Russia's economy is "withering," and suggested the trend will force the country to make accommodations to the West on a wide range of national-security issues, including loosening its grip on former Soviet republics and shrinking its vast nuclear arsenal.

Mr. Biden said he believes Russia's economic problems are part of a series of developments that have contributed to a significant rethinking by Moscow of its international self-interest. The geographical proximity of the emerging nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea is also likely to make Russia more cooperative with the U.S. in blocking their growth, he said.

But in the interview, at the end of a four-day trip to Ukraine and Georgia, Mr. Biden said domestic troubles are the most important factor driving Russia's new global outlook. "I think we vastly underestimate the hand that we hold," he said....

There IS more, with some typical Biden pronouncements, but one quote is what prompted the above header:

On whether Moscow will assist the U.S. in clamping down on nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea:

"I can see Putin sitting in Moscow saying, 'Jesus Christ, Iran gets the nuclear weapon, who goes first?' Moscow, not Washington."

There are more gems just like that one under the title: Excerpts: Biden on Eastern Europe

and you can find them here.

The email with that header goes on to say:

Should we Christians riot in the streets now like they did when the Mohammed cartoon came out? Or are only Muslims allowed to riot, rebel, and pillage when their savior is cursed??

All valid questions, I reckon..

(H/T CJ)

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