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Bravo For Biden

It’s doubtful whether Joe Biden carries much weight within the Obama administration, but his instincts are in the right place when it comes to Hamas, and he was relatively coherent when defending Israel’s blockade:

I think Israel has an absolute right to deal with its security interest. I put all this back on two things: one, Hamas, and, two, Israel’s need to be more generous relative to the Palestinian people who are in trouble in Gaza….
[The Israelis have] said, ‘Here you go. You’re in the Mediterranean. This ship — if you divert slightly north you can unload it and we’ll get the stuff into Gaza.’ So what’s the big deal here? What’s the big deal of insisting it go straight to Gaza? Well, it’s legitimate for Israel to say, ‘I don’t know what’s on that ship. These guys are dropping eight — 3,000 rockets on my people,’

Biden is wrong on almost every issue and frequently is a buffoon, but at some level he’s not a bad guy–that’s the way it seems, anyway–and occasionally that manifests itself in a burst of common sense.

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