In a first for the White House since the Boston Marathon bombings last week, which has avoided characterizing the bombings as part of a Jihadist war against the West, Vice President Biden today minced no words about who the bombers were and the threat they are part of, excoriating them as Islamist jerks waging terror on behalf of a failed ideology.
From the Washington Post coverage of his speech today at the memorial for the MIT police officer they killed, Sean Collier:
But Biden also used the occasion to angrily denounce the brothers of Chechen origin who allegedly planted the bombs and later murdered Collier, calling them “two twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadis.”
He said the “doctrine of hate and oppression” espoused by Islamist terrorists “cannot compete with the values of openness and inclusion” illustrated by U.S. society in general and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in particular.
“And that’s why they’re losing around the world…. Our very existence makes a lie of their perverted ideology.”
This is when I love Biden. When he gets it right, he has a directness and a passion that slices right through the artifice that usually separates politicians from the rest of us.
It’s comforting to know that at least someone at the highest levels of the White House understands that we are in an international struggle against extremist Islamist terrorists, not just some amorphous concept of “terrorism” that could be waged by anyone from an al Qaeda captain to a Jewish grandmother.
And Biden knows the United States can defeat the threat.
Biden added that he was proud the country has not succumbed to the fear that terrorists aim to instill. “We have suffered,” he said. “We are grieving. But we are not bending. We will not yield to fear. We will not hunker down. We will not be intimidated.”
Here’s some video from another portion of what looks to have been both a strong and moving speech.
Not a bad day of work for the vice president.