Referring to al-Qaida, Biden continued: "We've eliminated 12 of their top 20 people. We have taken out 100 of their associates. ... We've sent them underground. They are, in fact, not able to do anything remotely like they were in the past. They are on the run."
The "their," "them" and "they" Biden speaks of are, of course, al-Qaida -- many of whose members have indeed been "eliminated" by RPAs like the ones that I've seen in action in Iraq and Afghanistan and that I'm standing next to here in the New Mexico desert. Biden could have pointed out that these remarkable aerial weapons platforms were purchased by the much-maligned Bush-Cheney administration. But why bother with the facts?
There's another problem with Biden's answer: He wasn't asked about al-Qaida. The question David Gregory posed was, "What about the general proposition that the president, according to former Vice President Cheney, doesn't consider America to be at war and is essentially soft on terrorism?" It's a question Biden apparently doesn't want to answer.
But the veep deserves an answer to his own question. "What is (Cheney) talking about?" Here it is. Cheney is referring to those who have declared war on us: al-Qaida, the Taliban, al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Sayyaf, Jemaah Islamiyah, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, Hamas, the Fort Hood shooter, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the Quds force and the Christmas Day underpants bomber, to name a few. Include Muslim clerics who promote, defend and encourage terrorist activities. Add in financiers who underwrite terrorism, whom we no longer can find because the EU has shut down the Terrorist Finance Tracking system. And don't forget radical madrassas that foster hatred and foment jihad in Muslim boys around the world.
Twisting the truth is a Biden forte. His shameful claim to CNN's Larry King, "I am very optimistic about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration," would be laughable but for Iranian efforts to undo the sacrifice of so much American blood and treasure. Equally shocking is Biden's confession to Harry Smith on CBS of his newfound concern for "a terrorist attack in the United States along the lines of the Christmas Day bomber. You get a disgruntled student, someone who has some relationship with the United States who is able to be recruited quickly, able to be indoctrinated quickly. And they say, basically, 'Here's a bomb. Go do it."
Lone bombers; dozens of jihadist terror organizations; radical clerics, madrassas and financiers -- all are targeting America. Sounds like war to me. Is Biden a revisionist or just oblivious? You decide.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.