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Biden wanders off course, forgets facts on NATO

Vice President Joe Biden’s memory isn’t so good these days. Or at least it wasn’t today during a trip to Poland.

While taking about Poland’s admission to NATO, he got a little confused, Bloomberg reports.

“Fifteen years ago, I was honored, as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, to lead the fight for Poland’s admission into NATO,” Biden said.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t the chairman back then — Sen. Jesse Helms was, and Helms not only guided the committee, but launched the debate about giving NATA accsssion to Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

And here’s something to refresh Biden’s memory:

“The committee, under Chairman Helms’ leadership, has been holding a series of comprehensive hearings since October on the pros and cons of enlarging NATO,” Biden said on the floor Feb. 11, 1998. “For 40 years, the United States loudly proclaimed its solidarity with the captive nations of Central and Eastern Europe who were under the heel of communist oppressors. Now that most of them have cast off their shackles, it is our responsibility, in my view, to live up to our pledges to readmit them into the West through NATO and the European Union as they qualify.”

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