Off the Record

Greta: They can't handle the truth! Biden apology tour shows how truth-telling morphs into a gaffe

'Off the Record,' 10/8/14: The vice president wasn't lying, wasn't factually incorrect with his comments about US allies in the mission against ISIS. He was just politically incorrect


By Greta Van Susteren

Let's all go "Off the Record." I want to talk to you about Vice President Biden's latest apology tour. It started after he said our Middle East allies are partly to blame for ISIS gaining strength. I was thinking about something Ambassador Bolton said on last night's show, which is absolutely true, but reflects poorly on the state of politics. Here is what the ambassador said:


JOHN BOLTON, FORMER AMBASSADOR TO U.N.: I think the vice president is guilty of the ultimate Washington gaffe - which is telling the truth in part and that's why he has had to apologize.


So let me get this straight - and I make the assumption that prior to Vice President Biden going public, he and President Obama both brought this up privately with our allies to no avail. So now we are at the point where the vice president speaks the truth publicly about our allies, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates and he is forced on an apology tour? Did Vice President Biden lie? Nope. Get his facts wrong? Nope. He just ruffled the wrong feathers.

I guess Jack Nicholson was right:


JACK NICHOLSON, FROM 'A FEW GOOD MEN': You can't handle the truth!


Speaking of truth, it has now morphed into a gaffe. Now, you have to admit that's really messed up. And that's my "Off the Record" comment tonight.