Last week Joe Biden made another gaffe. It came during his speech on gun control in which he twice referred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as the “AFT” instead of the ATF.
Yesterday, he returned for seconds. This time he botched the abbreviation for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the misguided Iran nuke deal that Barack Obama had inflicted on the Middle East and which Biden has pledged to attempt to revive. Instead of referring to the agreement as the JCPOA, Biden again transposed a letter, calling it the “JOPCA.”
Iran is saying it’s going to move to enrich to 60%. It is contrary to the agreement. We are, though, nonetheless, pleased that Iran has continued to agree to engage in discussions, in direct discussions with us and with our partners on how we move forward and what is needed to allow us to move back into the JOPCA so that we’re part of it again, that we should have never gotten out of, in my view, without us making concessions that we’re just not willing to make. And so, the discussions are underway. I think it’s premature to make a judgment as to what the outcome will be, but we’re still talking. [Emphasis added]
The episode seems to provide further indication that the president is suffering from a cognitive decline, but it also raises even more troubling doubts about whether he genuinely knows and understands what he is talking about. It is now accepted practice for Biden to read from a prepared script every time he makes a major announcement to the American public. On the rare occasion that he veers off script or attempts to speak extemporaneously, disaster ensues.
The nation needs and deserves a president who is fully compos mentis.