Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview that Russia's economy is "withering," and suggested the trend will force the country to make accommodations to the West on a wide range of national-security issues, including loosening its grip on former Soviet republics and shrinking its vast nuclear arsenal.
Is it humanly possible for this man to open his mouth, and not be simultaneously tap dancing on his tonsils at warp speed?!?!?
All I can think about is the old song's opening line, "Don't know much about history..."
These comments betray an absolute, stunning ignorance of the great nationalistic sense of pride which is very much part and parcel of the Russian psyche.
Biden couldn't have been more counterproductive with these statements than if he had tried to be.
Or perhaps, one has to wonder, is rapprochement and a good working relationship with Russia really on the American agenda?