Vice President Joe Biden is best-known for his embarrassing gaffes, but his comments yesterday at a memorial for the five servicemen killed in the shooting rampage by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez put him at odds with Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.
Biden actually came out and called the shooter a “perverted jihadist.” We’ve documented here many times the Obama administration’s reluctance to ever use the words jihad or Islamic to describe the violent attacks here in our nation. It’s “workplace violence” or just a “senseless murder.”
But ol’ Joe actually described it accurately. In fact he even sounded a bit hawkish, saying “these perverse ideologues, warped theocrats, they may be able to inspire a single lone wolf to commit a savage act, but they can never, never threaten who we are. When this perverted jihadist struck, everyone responded.”
Biden said he could relate to the grief of the victims’ families, particularly as his own son passed away in May from brain cancer. Beau deployed to Iraq and was a major in the Delaware Army National Guard.
Perhaps Biden is taking a tougher stance as he mulls a bid for the presidency. As Col. West wrote here, his money’s on Biden, not Clinton as the Democrat nominee.
However at the moment, Biden continues to be a lone voice in the liberal wilderness as far as being able to name the enemy. As the Associated Press reports, “the vice president’s strong words contrast with the official comments of investigators who have not yet been able to determine a motive behind the attack. The FBI has said it has not been able to determine whether the 24-year-old Abdulazeez was “radicalized” before the July 16 attacks and has been treating him as a homegrown violent extremist.
Speaking before Biden, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said officials may never know “what combination of disturbed mind, violent extremism and hateful ideology” was behind the shooting, but vowed that the United States would present a strong response.”
“The few who threaten or incite harm to Americans – violent extremists or terrorists, wherever they are – will surely, very surely, no matter how long it takes, come to feel the long arm and the hard fist of justice,” Carter said.
No sir, they do not deserve justice. They deserve death.