Robert Spencer, Mendacious? In the grip of dementia? Or both?
Old Joe Biden is a serial liar as well as an elderly man in the grip of dementia, and it was initially hard to tell which one was kicking in on Thursday when he claimed that he served as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir’s liaison to Egypt during the Six-Day War in 1967. Golda Meir wasn’t prime minister of Israel during the Six-Day War, and Biden was an unknown law student at the time, but Biden did meet with her in 1973, so maybe he was just mixing up the two. Apparently this is a case of both Biden lying yet again about his life experiences and also forgetting where he was and when.
“I was saying to a couple younger members of my staff before I came over,” Old Joe began, “about the many times I’ve been to Israel. And I said – and then all of a sudden I realized, ‘God, you’re gettin’ old, Biden – I have known every prime minister well since Golda Meir, including Golda Meir. And during the Six-Day War, I had an opportunity to, uh — she invited me to come over because I was going to be the liaison between she and the Egyptians about the Suez, and so on and so forth.”
Biden is an accomplished panderer; he said this at White House Hanukkah menorah lighting celebration, apparently to show the crowd how pro-Israel he is, despite his administration’s consistently anti-Israel stance. But there is no way it could be true: Biden was 25 in 1967, and was attending Syracuse University College of Law, from which he graduated 76th in a class of 85 in 1968. By 1967, when he supposedly talking to the Egyptian government on behalf of Golda Meir, he had already embarked upon his career of lying. A Syracuse College of Law faculty report on December 1, 1965 stated that Biden “used five pages from a published law review article without quotation or attribution,” and recommended that he fail a legal methods course because of his plagiarism.
Biden’s defense of his actions was predictably sleazy. He wrote to the law school faculty asking that he not be expelled, claiming: “My intent was not to deceive anyone. For if it were, I would not have been so blatant.” He added: “If I had intended to cheat, would I have been so stupid?” Well, why not, Joe?
Biden even served up an early form of his “my word as a Biden” routine: “I value my word above all else. This is a fact which is known to all those who are or have been acquainted with my character.” Yes, he really wrote that. He even had the audacity to claim that as a law student who had already obtained an undergraduate degree, he “had misunderstood the rules of citation and footnoting.”
And now Joe would have us believe that Golda Meir surveyed the wide world and fastened upon one dishonest, plagiarist law student to serve as her mouthpiece in high-level negotiations with a hostile government during wartime. To be sure, Joe did meet with Meir in 1973, when he was just beginning his lengthy career of corruption and deception in the U.S. Senate. He had just come from Egypt, although whether he was actually serving as Meir’s official liaison is unclear. A classified Israeli memo about their meeting shows that he was practically as anti-Israel then as he is now, warning Meir against “creeping annexation” of territories it captured during the Six-Day War and demanding that Israel make concessions to the hostile powers surrounding it. According to Israeli columnist Nadav Eyal, Biden was “full of respect to the PM yet his ‘enthusiasm as he spoke’ signaled his lack of experience in the diplomatic field.” Sounds as if Old Joe hasn’t changed all that much.
It’s bad enough that the president of the United States is a frequent, habitual liar with a record of dishonesty that extends back 56 years. It’s even worse that the sycophantic media doesn’t take any notice of his lies, and continues to do all it can to prop up his disastrous administration and make it appear as if it isn’t the dumpster fire that everyone can see that it is. The corruption of the American body politic is coming from the top; an unprincipled old ward-heeler and political hack such as Biden should never have gotten anywhere near the White House. The fact that his arrival there was greeted with hosannahs and sighs of relief by the international political and media elites bespeaks an even wider corruption. And be prepared: Biden isn’t even close to being through lying.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 23 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is The Critical Qur’an.