Blooper of the week, and it’s only Monday morning!

January 13, 2014
Vice President Biden delivers a eulogy Monday  near the flag draped coffin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon during his memorial service at the Knesset, in Jerusalem. (Jim Hollander/EPA) Vice President Biden delivers a eulogy Monday  near the flag draped coffin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon during his memorial service at the Knesset, in Jerusalem. (Jim Hollander/EPA)

This one goes to the White House, which, every six months since 1995, is obliged to produce a written waiver to the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act. The act requires moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but allows the president to delay the move for six months if he deems it a bad idea. (One reason might be that the entire Middle East would probably explode.)

And Obama, in keeping with Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, issued the standard memo last month saying, “I hereby determine that it is necessary, in order to protect the national security interests of the United States, to suspend for a period of 6 months,” any embassy relocation.

So startled eyebrows were raised and crazed e-mails flew when the White House at 9:51 on Monday morning, issued the text of Vice President Biden’s remarks at the state funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Rather than move the embassy to Jerusalem, it instead moved the Knesset (Israeli parliament) from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, saying that’s where Biden was speaking. Didn’t take but 10 minutes for someone to issue a corrected news release.

So is Bob Gates adding this to those foreign policy issues he claimed Biden had been wrong about for the last 40 years?

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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