And now, the slaughter of an innocent, 19 year old American who was on a humanitarian aid mission.
But who does the American government stand up for? The Israelis of course! Joe Biden succinctly summarized American foreign policy in just a few words when asked about the Flotilla incident: "So, what's the big deal here?"
With the release of both President Obama's and Vice President Biden's 2009 tax returns last week comes some revealing information. Though the Obama's reported that less than 6 percent of their $5.5 million income went to charity, the most interesting tidbit is that the Bidens gave less than 2 percent of their $333,000 income to charity. Even the standard church tithe -- considered a charitable donation -- is supposed to be 10 percent.
Far be it from me to criticize anyone for the amount of their charitable donations. Under normal circumstances, a person's private giving wouldn't be a point of criticism; it is, after all, a matter of personal conscience. However, these low levels of charitable donations, particularly on the part of the Bidens, stand out because of earlier statements from Obama and Biden asserting that we need to "spread the wealth around" and that paying more taxes was the "patriotic" thing to do.
Unsubstantiated rumors that Vice President Joe Biden had suddenly gone a little loopy and ordered some of his official meetings opened to at least cursory public or media attention were just that -- unsubstantiated rumors.
After a recent public sighting, fears had mounted that the one-time, long-term senator might rebel against traditional White House strictures and start acting on all the administration's oft-promised promises of government transparency and official openness running back into 2008.
But the VP's public schedule today puts all those fears to rest.
“Biden, you Nazi scum, go home,” said the posters brandished by opposition Radical Party deputies during the live national broadcast of a parliament sitting which coincided with the start of Biden’s visit.
The Radicals, who occupy around a fifth of places in the 250-seat assembly, then pasted the signs which also labelled Biden a “fascist” on a notice board and hallway.
They all appeared in parliament dressed in T-shirts bearing the image