— On Oct. 2, 2014, Vice President Biden, while speaking at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, touched off a diplomatic incident after he sounded off on U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State — suggesting they heedlessly gave arms and money to extremists.
“The Turks … the Saudis, the Emiratis, etc. What were they doing?” he said. “They were so determined to take down [Syrian President Bashar] Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war.”
Biden afterward apologized to top officials in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
During the same event, Biden also replied to a question from a student who identified himself as the vice president of the student body. “Isn’t it a b-tch?” Biden responded. “Excuse me…the vice president thing.”