Our View: Send(ing) in the clown

Posted: March 20, 2014

In the column below, Paul Greenberg paints a keen and discerning picture of Europe poised (perhaps) to relive its lugubrious history. Mr. Greenberg presents the emergent scenario as a passion play somehow careening toward farce.

The columnist filed his piece Monday before a reliably risible character showed up on stage. The White House dispatched Vice President Joe Biden to Europe — to Poland, specifically — ostensibly to provide reassurance as the Crimean situation worsened. Predictably, that proved akin to sending the Keystone Kops to a crime scene.

Bending the truth as only he can, Mr. Biden took credit, as chairman of Senate Foreign Relations, for ushering Poland into NATO. Poland did, in fact, join NATO . . . in 1999 — two years before Mr. Biden assumed the committee chairmanship. In truth, it was the conservative avatar, Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., who pleaded for Warsaw’s admission.

Really, folks, you can’t make this stuff up.