Earlier today, my colleague Bonchie posted about former vice president Joe Biden manufacturing an anecdote out of whole cloth. It involved a medal he didn’t award in Afghanistan to a man who didn’t exist for a deed done by another. (Read the whole thing.)
Bonchie is a lot more charitable than I am. When you look at the whole event:
This is how the Washington Post describes it
Joe Biden painted a vivid scene for the 400 people packed into a college meeting hall. A four-star general had asked the then-vice president to travel to Konar province in Afghanistan, a dangerous foray into “godforsaken country” to recognize the remarkable heroism of a Navy captain.
Some told him it was too risky, but Biden said he brushed off their concerns.
“We can lose a vice president,” he said. “We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.”
The Navy captain, Biden recalled Friday night, had rappelled down a 60-foot ravine under fire and retrieved the body of an American comrade, carrying him on his back. Now the general wanted Biden to pin a Silver Star on the American hero who, despite his bravery, felt like a failure.
“He said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!’ ” Biden said, his jaw clenched and his voice rising to a shout. “ ‘Do not pin it on me, Sir! Please, Sir. Do not do that! He died. He died!’ ”
The room was silent.
“This is the God’s truth,” Biden had said as he told the story. “My word as a Biden.”
Now we have another incident from the same trip.
Joe Biden forgot the prime minister of the United Kingdom’s name after touting his foreign policy knowledge.
“I don’t know the new prime minister of England. He looks like Donald Trump, I know that,” the former vice president said at a town hall hosted by Clinton College. Biden made the comment while answering a question about his foreign policy platform. Biden claimed he was the only Democratic president candidate with relationships with foreign leaders.
Boris Johnson became prime minister on July 24, having previously been foreign secretary, and mayor of London for seven years, among other roles.
This is not like George Bush being quizzed on the name of the prime minister of Dumfucqistan as happened in 2000. This is the prime minister of a major US ally whom Biden has met several times.
My gut feeling is that he’s got a real medical issue. It is, in my opinion, much more likely that Biden has a diminished mental capacity and the stress of the campaign is accelerated his decline. I say that with the same confidence as anyone who has diagnosed President Trump without ever having met him and with more factual basis. Biden has had two brain surgeries to remove aneurysms. This is not like getting a skin tag removed in the GP’s office. The type of aneurysm Biden had is associated with arteriosclerosis. If you want an easy, no mess, no fuss explanation of why Biden thought New Hampshire was Vermont, and why he thought Burlington, IA was Burlington, VT, and why he can appear nearly lucid at other times, the dots are most easily connected by arteriosclerosis.
Like the old story about the British cavalry officer who was so stupid that even the horses had begun to notice, at some point the national media and the Democrat party are going catch on to what’s happening. Biden’s mental impairment is not really a joke considering that he is the front runner to be the Democrat nominee.