Vice-President Joe Biden’s office made a point of announcing that he would not be attending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on March 3rd.
Biden is due to be out of the country. Which country Biden is going to is anyone’s guess. Maybe he’ll go to France with Carole King and give them a big hug. Or perhaps he’ll make a point of visiting Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah to make a point of sticking it to Bibi.
It’s probably just as well that Biden won’t be sitting behind Bibi. He won’t be rolling his eyes, making faces or laughing.
But I suspect a big reason that Biden won’t be present is that he is so small in stature compared to a man like Netanyahu. We’ve spent the past couple of days talking about Brian Williams’ tall tale about coming under RPG fire in Iraq which has reminded us of Hillary Clinton’s yarn of coming under sniper fire in Bosnia. But Biden tops both of them. He actually tried to pass off his life story as that of former British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock. Biden thought his own biography inadequate, so he committed an act of identity theft.
Benjamin Netanyahu has no need to feel inadequate about his biography nor about what he has to say about the danger of a nuclear Iran.