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Does Joe Biden Belong in the White House or the Nut House?
Vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden's demonstrably false rhetoric about the Kosovo war and his repeated plagiarisms indicate that he may be mentally unfit to assume the presidency. by Andy Wilcoxson
Friday, September 12, 2008
In 1990 Sen. Joe Biden told a C-SPAN interviewer, "I made mistakes and I've said them straightforwardly, but I've never done some of the things that were alleged. I never plagiarized in law school."
Biden's law school records tell a different story. The records show that he stole 5 1/2 pages from an article published in the Fordham Law Review and submitted them as his own work. He even changed the numerical sequence of the footnotes to match his own numbering system. When his professors detected the plagiarism they gave him an F in the course, but Biden insisted that he didn't knowingly cheat.1
As David Greenberg, a professor of history and media studies at Rutgers University, recently explained in the Washington Post "Few remember the details surrounding the many incidents of word-theft, dating to law school, that disqualified him from the 1988 presidential race. Biden lifted words from Bobby Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey and the British politician Neil Kinnock; in the last instance, Biden stole autobiographical material, in effect making false claims about his own life. That suggests something pathological about Biden, for wholesale deceptions aren't easily explained away. The media opted not to reopen those incidents when Biden ran for president this year, but they should have. Character doesn't change easily; something troubling may still lurk beneath the smile and the logorrhea."2
Is Joe Biden is a pathological liar? If he's going to be one heartbeat away from the presidency, it's a question worth asking. Research has shown that pathological liars often believe their lies to such an extent that they can pass a polygraph exam.
It may not matter that Biden plagiarized parts of his autobiography, or that he cheated in law school and lied about it. But it does matter that he lies about foreign policy issues. Robert Gibbs, senior advisor to the Obama campaign, explained that Biden was chosen as Obama's running mate because of his "unparalleled foreign policy experience".3
Biden has a track record of lying about foreign policy issues. During the conflict in Kosovo Biden said, "People are calling this a civil war. You know, that's a little bit like calling the Nazi cleansing of Jews a civil war. What the hell are we talking about here? We're talking about a guy who is engaged in genocide."4
Admittedly, Biden wasn't the only one accusing Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic of genocide in Kosovo. The State Department told us that half a million Kosovo-Albanian men were missing and feared dead at the hands of Milosevic's troops.5
Although Biden wasn't the only one alleging genocide, nobody appeared more certain of it than he was. When the war ended he went on CNN and said, "We're going to find that the atrocities far exceed anything anyone's known. We're going to find mass graves with thousands of people in them, and we're going to have to unmask for the Serbs and all the world what has happened here so it doesn't happen again."6
Biden was so sure of his claims that he wanted them held up to scrutiny. He said, "At the end of the day the Serb people have to be made aware about what happened. There are trials going to take place in The Hague and everybody in Serbia should have to see them. Otherwise there will continue to be this notion of oppression, and people I think you have got to have an awakening."7
In 2001 Biden got his wish. Slobodan Milosevic was delivered to The Hague and put on trial for war crimes. Serbia's B-92 television network broadcast the entire trial proceedings live, wall-to-wall, for all of Serbia to see. It was a fiasco for the prosecution, by the time of Milosevic's death in 2006 he was more popular than he was when the trial started and the Tribunal was viewed with scorn and suspicion.
As it turned out, the evidence unearthed by Hague investigators was nothing like the modern-day Holocaust alleged by Biden and the State Department. After more than a year of investigating, Hague spokesman Paul Risley announced, "The final number of bodies uncovered [in Kosovo] will be less than 10,000 and probably more accurately determined as between 2,000 and 3,000."8
When they wrapped up exhumations UN investigators had found a total of 2,788 bodies in Kosovo9 and the International Red Cross listed another 2,150 missing.10
The Humanitarian Law Center, a U.S.-funded NGO based in Belgrade, claims to have documented 9,702 people dead or missing from the war in Kosovo. Of this number, 4,903 are Albanians, 2,322 are Serbs, with the rest belonging to other nationalities or their ethnic identity remaining uncertain.11
Regardless of the numbers you use, the war in Kosovo was nothing like the systematic slaughter and genocide alleged by Joe Biden. The numbers of dead and missing don't even begin to approach the hundreds of thousands that were used to justify the U.S.-led NATO assault on Serbia.
Biden was the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the Kosovo war. He was in a position to know that he was saying things that weren't true. Presidential Scholar Stephen Hess recently told Voice of America that Biden "knows a lot about the world, maybe of all the United States Senators, he knows the most."12
Biden was in a position to know that in Kosovo the Albanians provoked the war by attacking the Serbs in their own country. The Kosovo-Albanians were as subtle about their hostile intentions as a brick through a plate-glass window.
One doesn't have to look further than the public communiques that the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) published in the Albanian media in the years and months leading up to the war to see who started all of this. The KLA made no secret of the fact that they intended to forcibly seize the Serbian province of Kosovo and turn it into an Albanian state.
In 1996, two years before the war started, the KLA published a communique in the Albanian media that said, "Through this communique we would like to state clearly to the current Serbian political leadership that they must withdraw from our territories as soon as possible, or our attacks to liberate the country will be fierce and merciless."13
In a 1997 communique the KLA appealed to the Kosovo-Albanian public saying "Kosova and the other Albanian territories will not be liberated down the telephone or from an office, but only by a serious commitment in support of the armed struggle."14
The KLA published another communique in 1997 threatening the international community with "a greater slaughter than in Bosnia-Herzegovina" and warning the Serbs of a fate "worse than their Russian brothers in Afghanistan and Chechnya" unless their demands were met.15
The KLA was open about its mission, explaining in one communique that their "first fighters were the most fervent idealists for the independence of Kosova" They said, "The people of Kosova did not form their own liberation army for the purpose of a social revolution or to oppose government with a national tinge, but they are carrying on a struggle to be liberated from the century-old occupier. If you confuse these two things, this means that you are making a mistake on purpose."16
The Albanian grievance wasn't with Milosevic's government in particular; it was with Serbia "the century-old occupier". The Albanians were upset because the 1913 Treaty of London returned Kosovo to Serbia after 500 years of Ottoman occupation. That was the real issue.
If Milosevic had been the problem, the violence wouldn't have predated his political career. In 1981 nobody had even heard of Slobodan Milosevic, but Albanian separatists in Kosovo were rioting and carrying out deadly attacks against Yugoslav security forces. When the New York Times reported on the rioting they called it "the worst riots in Yugoslavia since World War II".17
In 1982 Becir Hoti, an ethnic Albanian official in Kosovo's government, explained the situation to the New York Times saying, "The nationalists have a two-point platform. First to establish what they call an ethnically clean Albanian republic and then the merger with Albania to form a Greater Albania."18
Biden must have known that the Albanians had been making threats and carrying out attacks against the Serbs for years before serious fighting broke out in 1998. A man in his position would have had to know.
By the latter part of 1998 the United States had involved itself in the conflict. The U.S. brokered what was supposed to be a cease-fire between the Serbs and the KLA.
On November 12, 1998 the UN Secretary-General issued a report on the cease-fire implementation, which found that "there has been a continued withdrawal of the Serbian security forces from Kosovo and numerous checkpoints and fortified positions have been dismantled."19
While the Serbian side was complying with the cease fire, the Secretary-General's report noted that "Kosovo Albanian paramilitary units are asserting their own authority to supplant that of the Serbian police in areas from which the police have withdrawn, and have established their own checkpoints on a number of secondary roads. ... Recent attacks by Kosovo Albanian paramilitary units have indicated their readiness, capability and intention to actively pursue the advantage gained by the partial withdrawal of the police and military formations. Reports of new weapons, ammunition and equipment indicate that the capacity of those units to re-supply themselves is still fairly good."20
The Serbs were bending over backwards to make peace with the Albanians, and the Albanians took that good will as an opportunity to ratchet-up their attacks and conquer more territory. When the Serbs realized that they were being double-crossed they sent their forces back in, and NATO used that as an excuse to start bombing them.
When you realize how the war started, what it was about, and how few people actually died in it, Biden's rhetoric about the Serbs waging a modern-day Nazi Holocaust against the Albanians sounds insane.
The media reported a genocide, but well-informed people knew better. Dietmar Hartwig, the chief of the European Union Monitoring Mission in Kosovo, commented on the media coverage saying, "I didn't think it had anything to do with reality. [The] reporting was always very one-sided. There was only one perpetrator and always one victim."21
As the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden must have known better too. Did he know that was lying about the "Serbian genocide" in Kosovo, or is he a pathological liar who actually believes his own rhetoric? Given the absolute certainty with which he spoke, and his history of lying and serial-plagiarism one has to wonder.
When it comes to Joe Biden we face a tough dilemma. Which is more dangerous, a belligerent leader who attacks another country based on a lie that he knows is a lie, or a mentally ill leader who attacks another country because he concocts a lie in his own mind and comes to believe that it's true?
1 - The Washington Times; August 23, 1990; Biden changes his story, insists 'I never plagiarized in law school'
2 - The Washington Post; August 24, 2008; Assessing Joe Biden
3 - Fox News Network; August 24, 2008 Sunday; Fox News Sunday 9:00 AM EST; Interview With Robert Gibbs
4- CNN; April 5, 1999; Larry King Live 21:00 pm ET
5 - The Boston Globe; April 20, 1999; Pg. A1; Up to 500,000 unaccounted for in Kosovo; Missing men feared dead, US reports
6 - CNN; June 10, 1999; CNN Today 13:00 pm ET
7 - CNN; May 20, 1999; Larry King Live 21:00 pm ET
8 - Evening News (Edinburgh); August 18, 2000; Kosovo Death Toll 'Exaggerated' Say Experts
9 - The Guardian (UK); Friday August 18, 2000; Serb killings 'exaggerated' by west Claims of up to 100,000 ethnic Albanians massacred in Kosovo revised to under 3,000 as exhumations near end
10 - UPI NewsTrack; December 6, 2006; 2,150 people missing in Serbia's Kosovo
11 - Globus (Zagreb, Croatia); February 2, 2007; Establishing the number of victims in the Yugoslav wars of succession
12 - Voice of America News; September 10, 2008; Obama-Biden Ticket Aims at Working Class Voters
13 - Text of KLA Communique No. 22 published in the Swiss-based Albanian-language newspaper 'Bota Sot' on 10th August 1996
14 - Text of KLA Communique No. 40 published in the Kosovo-Albanian newspaper 'Bujku', in Pristina, on 5th December 1997; p10
15 - Text of KLA Communique No. 35; published in the Kosovo-Albanian newspaper 'Koha Ditore', in Pristina, on 8th August 1997; p3
16 - Text of KLA Communique No. 78; published by the Kosovapress news agency web site on 16th May 1999
17 - The New York Times; April 20, 1981; Roots of Yugoslav Riots: Vague 'Enemy' Blamed
18 - The New York Times; July 12, 1982; Exodus of Serbians Stirs Province in Yugoslavia
19 - Kosovo: SG Report pursuant to Security Council resolutions 1160, 1199, 1203 (1998) S/1998/1068; 12 November 1998
20 - Ibid.
21 - Milosevic trial transcript; March 2, 2005; Testimony of Dietmar Hartwig; pg. 36991-36992
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I thank Joe Biden for doing everything in his power to help those in need. After reading this article i feel humiliated how certain people would twist words and facts to damage a public servants reputation. I know for a fact that the Albanian People and the Serbian People are grateful for the fact that Kosovo is independent and free from outrages discriminations, prosecutions, harassments, etc. FREEDOM, FREEDOM, FREEDOMMMMMMM.
John Smith (or whatever your Albanian name is), I can tell you certainty that Serbian people are not grateful for the fact that Kosovo is indepedent. Where did you read such a thing? Perhaps this is all your wishful thinking, but if you want to be honest you would've noticed all the protests and even buring of American embassy in Belgrade shows exactly how grateful Serbs are. Your last in capital letters FREEDOMMMM shows your great bias. Thanks to men like Biden who are prepared to lie and distort the truth Kosovo was stolen from it's rightful owners. The truth will come out. Many people are starting to speak it now.
Okay Peggy, I understand how you misunderstood me and that’s okay. You are totally entitled to your own opinions. And you are right there are some Serbian extremist with the help of Russian government that are trying to disturb the peace. However, peace and justice will always prevail and you will understand that even though the Serbian population in Kosovo is less than 4% they are treated with outmost respect and protected by the Republic of Kosovo equally as all citizens. “That’s why most of them are grateful, not including your friends the extremist”. I advise you to read about the history before you make any claims because it really makes you sound ridicules.
I wish great success to both Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama.
Posted By: overseas fire
Date: 2008-09-14 01:32:54
This is another serbian propaganda artcle. Just google name of the author and kosovo "Andy Wilcoxson Kosovo" aYou'll be surprised how many articles this guy wrote about kosovo and always trying to minimise war crimes made by Milosevic and Serbian military in Kosovo.
Greeting From Afghanistan "where bullit and meat meet"
Posted By: Andy Wilcoxson
Date: 2008-09-14 09:11:43
By all means Google "Andy Wilcoxson" and Kosovo, please read the articles and check the facts for yourself. Of course the articles I've written are favorable to Milosevic, not because they're propaganda, but because the facts support his version of events in Kosovo -- and not the version offered by NATO and the Albanians.
Can you post the video or official transcript of Biden on CNN; April 5, 1999; Larry King Live 21:00 pm ET.
Many are offering this quote but no officialvideo or transcript exists on the net. Rather than qouting each other (from W. Dorich who appears to be the first to mention it in a letter to Congress) I would like to see Biden speak those evil anti_serb words.
Posted By: Andy Wilcoxson
Date: 2008-09-15 08:19:23
The CNN transcript number is: 99040500V22. I think you can even purchase a videotape of the show if you call 800-CNN-NEWS. You can find the full transcript at many public libraries on Lexis-Nexis. Almost any university library has it.
I can't post the whole transcript here for copyright reasons. But if you want more context around the Biden quote here is a longer excerpt from the transcript including the preceding comment and the comment after.
BOETTCHER: Well, you know, Larry, I'd experienced something similar when the Kurds were run out of northern Iraq by Saddam Hussein, and at that point, I guess in 1991, basically, I adopted one family and took care of them, because the problem was so massive, you can't -- you can't -- you can report on everybody, but you can't take care of everybody.
So in that instance, I did that, and today, I kind of joined one family and kind of stuck with them and talked to them. And I didn't have anything to give them, but I told them that pretty soon they were going to be moving, it looked like. And I didn't know where. And that's when they told me they didn't want to go out of this area. They wanted to stay close. They felt that they were going to go back. They wanted to go back, that if they were going to die, they wanted to die in their homeland.
KING: Senator Biden, can you understand that, that many don't want to go to the safety of Germany or the United States?
BIDEN: Sure, I can, Larry. I don't think any of them want to go anywhere else.
You know, a point that Jeff made earlier -- I mean, Milosevic's goal here is very clear from the beginning, and some of us have been saying it for the last month and a half. His goal is, first of all, to cleanse, then to divide -- divide Kosovo, in my view -- and then to divide the alliance into agreeing to his new split and his new operation.
And you know, what would have happened -- people are calling this a civil war. You know, that\'s a little bit like calling the Nazi cleansing of Germany, of Jews a civil war. What the hell are we talking about here?
We\'re talking about a guy who has had a -- he is engaged in genocide. And I hope to God that he doesn't know Europe as well as he thinks he knows it, because I believe that he believes, as Jeff implied, that at the end -- or somebody implied -- Wolf maybe it was -- that at the end of the day, he's going to split the alliance by engaging in a unilateral cease-fire.
And to say that he has won and that he has already cleansed presupposes that we are going to allow him to do that and we are not going to continue to stay the course and move them back.
KING: I want to get a word from -- word from Wolf. First, Jeff.
Posted By: Nicolas Martin
Date: 2008-09-15 10:23:13
A libertarian should be able to distinguish between misbehavior and psychobabble. If he can't he should spend time reading Thomas Szasz. Biden's lapses are ethical, not biological, and this piece is superstitious nonsense.
I was also looking for this frequently used quote where Biden is characterizing Serbian nation as “...a bunch of illiterates, degenerates, baby killers, butchers and rapists” — said to be from CNN’s Larry King Live (a date in 1993 given). Would you be similarly able to provide context (I understand you cannot reproduce the whole transcript) for this quote of Biden's.
Posted By: Andy Wilcoxson
Date: 2008-09-17 10:19:01
I saw quotes from Biden on several blogs that I couldn't find any corroboration for. He allegedly said that "Serbs should be placed in Nazi-style concentration camps" and that they were "a nation of degenerates and rapists". Allegedly, he made the concentration camp remark on the Senate floor and the remak about the Serbs being degenerates was said to have been made on CNN. I searched the congressional record and the CNN transcripts on Lexis-Nexis and I could not find any official record of those remarks. Biden has said plenty of nasty things about the Serbs, but I think the particular quotes we're now discussing are just rumors.
Andy, I have had the same experience searching for those quotes. It is an incredibly irresponsible act to proliferate such rumors. What this does is to almost obliterate any importance attaching to the evil things Biden in fact stated about Serbs, that serious researchers could use arguing against him and the policies he represents. In the end, it all gets thrown into garbage, and becomes of no use to an effort of the sort you attempted here: a serious analysis that could offer an accurate picture of Biden vis a vis Serbs as part of US imperialism. Only those who carefully followed the bipartisan anti-Serb US foreign policy will read the works like yours and know that you are right. The wider audience will continue to view such works with suspicion. Being at discursive disadvantage with respect to the operations of imperial propagandists, one must meticulously document all claims, and somehow insulate oneself from damaging rumor-pushers. No easy task.
First of all, I am neither a Serb nor a Russian. But I support both, since justice is on their side. So now I am getting to the point: Though I am sorry to read that Biden, a vice presidential candidate, was another one of the demonizers, at least he believed in his lies and called for them to be proven. Indeed, I wish all details about the "trial" of the late President Milosevic were made as public as possible, so the world would, maybe (unfortunately, the world is infected and contaminated with brainwashed people, who are "convinced" that Milosevic was "guilty" and wouldn't let facts to confuse them), realize that Milosevic was innocent regarding "committing genocide", and guilty only of things like alowing Bosniak Muslimanijan soldiers a safe passage through Serbia to Hungary after Srebrenica was liberated by Republika Srpska's army.
Hey, I followed the Kosovo crisis and researched it while I was in college. I also lived in Serbia for about six months, including during the time period when Kosovo declared it's independence (although I am an American without any Serbian ancestry people were very kind and open to me). I can say with complete certainty and honesty that the Serbs almost unanimously were extremely unhappy with kosovo being separated from Serbia and declaring its independence. They view Kosovo as their cultural and spiritual heartland and are not happy that it was stripped from them by force.
In addition to this I have to say that based on my research the truth of the situation is at the very least MUCH closer to what Andy Wilcoxson is saying than what the media and Joe Biden maintain on the topic. The truth is out there if you care to look for it with an open mind.
In some ways I admire Obama, but I definately do not trust Joe Biden after his behavior in regards to Kosovo, Serbia, and the KLA!
Those are not rumours in any way, shape or form. The statement "Serbs are a bunch of illiterate, degererates, baby killers, butchers and rapists” was a real statement made by Joe Biden on Larry King show in a debate involving him and Vladislav Jovanović, then minister of Foreign Affairs of Yugoslavia (later Serbia-Montenegro), however it was not in 1993 but in 1999, which was during "Kosovo war" (what I would call NATO invasion). At that time high people in US establishment were mad about crushing the "spiteful Serbs", none more than Joseph Biden. During the debate, eloquent and very soft-spoken Jovanović (that was his trait) managed to push Biden into the corner with his arguments against intervention and 'genocide on Albanians', and it was then when Biden lost his nerve and said what he said.
This episode has apparently been so embarrasing to Mr Biden that it was removed from CNN website afterwards. However it is on record in Jovanović's testimony in Hague in the trial of Slobodan Milošević.
I've been trying to find something tangible online about the second statement by Biden (I've always assumed the senatorial deliberations in US are informal and are behind closed doors so no records are kept about it, and that's where the statement was supposedly made). Unfortunately I couldn't find anything which can be considered the smoking gun, a bit to my surprise. With my experience of NATO policies in fmr Yugoslavia, I always took the second statement as a given. But now I consider the following the possibilities:
1. The second statement was hushed up just like the first one. Having the means politicians have at their disposal this is not too hard to accomplish
2. The second statement was made up and leaked intentionally knowing how sensitive Serbs are about holocaust and being sent to concentration camps, which is part of their/our history and identity as well as the Jewish (the irony of history is that the holocaust in fmr yugoslavia against Jews, Gypsies and primarily Serbs, which was more cruel than holocaust elsewhere was hidden from history by communist leader Tito). So it's obvious that the Serbs would circle the statement along with the first one, and the second one would effectively discredit the first one, which is too much even for a US politician. There's a good political motivation for this, for a vice-president of United States it would be very inconvenient if his adversaries could use the first statement against him, it's a nasty skeleton in the closet.
NATO & US stance towards Serbs and all Yugoslav loyalists is not a Biden phenomenon. The real story is that NATO/US supported KLA terrorists and used them a their infantry during the invasion- the same KLA which was classified as #3 terrorist organizations by United States a year prior, was removed from the list of terrorist organizations when the decision was made to go ahead with invading Kosovo and creating "natobaselandia" - or 'free and independent Kosovo'.
So what are the real effects of this campaign in Kosovo after NATO took over and Yug. army withdrew? Over 2/3 of Serbs were expelled by KLA mobs supported by NATO (250.000 Serbs & other non-Albanians), 100.000 that remain live in enclaves resembling Warsaw ghetto and are kept as a showpiece that NATO is doing some respectable job there. Why do I say Warsaw ghetto? Because in NATO-supported "democratic and free Kosovo" the remaining Serbs dare to speak Serbian only inside their home or inside their village, speaking it with Albanians around would risk being beaten, lynched or even murdered. If there's any morals to be learned, this one has to be known. And finally, NATO-supported 'government' of Kosovo is a mere cartel made of heroin mafia who were former KLA.
Check Michael Parenti's lectures. USA has passed the law on Yugoslavia before the war even started, the law stipulating that no fmr Yugoslav republic will receive more money ('aid') unless the seceed from Yugoslavia. It's no surprise that after USA gave it's support to separatism, that all republics -except Serbs who were all over - will start their separatist movements. The crooked elites fought for the money!!!
So forget Biden's racism. This is about imperialism, and colonialism.