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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Hundreds of people joined foreign dignitaries, civil-rights leaders and the vice president of the United States on Wednesday to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
What really happened to Navy SEAL Team 6? In August 2011, the elite special forces unit suffered the worst battlefield calamity in its history. A Taliban fighter shot down a Chinook helicopter carrying 22 Navy SEAL Team 6 members in Afghanistan.
The 2016 presidential marathon began this week when Hillary Rodham Clinton had a very visible, heavily promoted White House lunch with President Obama, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie threw a political punch at one of his potential rivals for the Republican nomination.
If I were celebrity chef Paula Deen, I'd tell my detractors to take a hike until they also got on the cases of President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. , former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and a host of other liberals for the flowery things they said about the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, once a Ku Klux Klan member. The extreme coverage of Ms. Deen's unfortunate slip of the tongue is hurtful to black Americans. If Mr. Obama can forgive Byrd, the rest of us can forgive Paula Deen.
We've heard and seen more about leaker Edward J. Snowden these days than Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. who, in the past couple of months, has vanished from the news scene.
I was pleased by the recent dedication of the Frederick Douglass statue in the U.S. Capitol. It's an honorable commemoration of a man who is steadily re-emerging as an American icon. And Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who spoke at the unveiling, was content to invoke Douglass' name in favor of D.C. statehood. The lack of attention to the black Republican's actual political philosophy was telling, however.
Is it really true that the U.S. military was not capable of getting any help whatsoever to the Americans under terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya? That's hard to believe, isn't it? I don't.
Did the Obama administration put a target on the backs of members of Navy SEAL Team 6? This is the question that parents of slain SEALs are now asking - and rightly so.
With White House scandals dominating each news cycle, President Obama's newly minted media critics may prefer to ignore their own culpability in creating this unfolding debacle.
You just knew press coverage of the congressional hearing on the Benghazi cover-ups last Wednesday would be nonexistent or squirrely, right?
Seeking to unstick the Middle East peace process, Mr. Biden told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that "now is the time" for all sides to make sacrifices, and said he expects new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to show results just as the United States is calling on the Palestinian Authority to do.
"Progress for peace has only been possible when people were willing to think differently, to take risks, to make a principled compromise," Mr. Biden said.