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Dick Morris: Biden's Remarks on ISIS Signal Run for President

By Courtney Coren   |   Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 03:40 PM

The reason Vice President Joe Biden's comments on the growing threat of the Islamic State (ISIS) were so much stronger than President Barack Obama's is that he's planning to run for president in 2016 and doesn't want to be blamed for Obama's policy, says veteran political analyst Dick Morris.

"The word is that he's definitely going to run regardless of what the polling may show," Morris told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

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"Like Hillary, he wants to put himself to the right of Obama on ISIS," he explained. "And he doesn't want, when it blows up, to be blamed for Obama's policy of neglecting it and appeasing it.

"ISIS wouldn't exist if it weren't for Obama's policy of not intervening in Syria, when the civil war was beginning there, and letting ISIS, the extreme wing, take over the insurgents, use the weapons we were sending to the so-called sectarian moderate opposition and take those weapons and bring them over and use them in the rest of Syria and Iraq," Morris said.

"We in effect created ISIS, and just as we created al-Qaida when we funded the Taliban back in the anti-Russian days," he explained.

"Obama really is responsible for that, and from the very beginning he's minimized this threat," he added.

Morris says that "the discrepancy between Obama and Biden is disturbing when, on the one hand, he says that he wants to wipe ISIS from the face of the earth and on the other hand he says he wants to reduce it to manageable proportions."

"That's like a cancer doctor telling you he wants to reduce the tumor through chemotherapy to manageable proportions," the veteran political analyst said.

"It's not very good news and it doesn't really work," he added.

"The more serious inconsistency, though, is Obama against Obama from Obama back in January."

Right after ISIS captured Fallujah, Obama referred to the ISIS fighters in an interview with New York magazine as the "JV team."

"The entire focus of the president's remarks only eight months ago was to minimize the ISIS threat," Morris said.

"Then earlier this week, we had [White House Press Secretary Josh] Earnest . . . saying that ISIS really isn't capable of launching a major attack in the United States, that only little attacks are possible — meaning four or five people killed here or there," he explained.

"Well, the Boston Marathon had only two dead and that certainly was quite a hit," he added.

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