This time, Joe Biden’s gaffes are causing an international fracas.
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The vice president has apologized twice now for suggesting last week that key U.S. allies inflamed the situation in Syria by sending arms and money to extremists opposed to Bashar Assad.
The fallout over Biden’s remarks is perhaps unprecedented – his verbal miscues typically cause headaches for the White House, but otherwise are diplomatically harmless.
His off-the-cuff remarks Thursday at Harvard University, though, enraged U.S. allies, just days after the U.S. and several Arab nations launched a coordinated airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in Syria. The swiftness of Biden’s clean-up underscores the potential damage his remarks stood to do.