"Our leadership does not spring from some inherent American magic — it never has."

Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech yesterday at the Center for a New American Security.  While he did not name Mr. Trump by name, he did let him and his idea have it:

“There are 1.4 billion Muslims in the world,” Biden said. “Some of the rhetoric I’m hearing sounds designed to radicalize all 1.4 billion.

“Wielding the politics of fear and intolerance – like the proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, profiling Muslim Americans, slandering entire religious communities as complicit in terrorism, calls into question America’s status as the greatest democracy in the history of the world,” he said. “It doesn’t make the situation better. It makes it worse. And it plays into the narrative of extremists.

Biden’s address to the Center for a New American Security was in his capacity as vice president, not a surrogate for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. In it, he defended the Obama administration’s foreign policy record, one that has “positioned the United States at the forefront of tremendous opportunity.”

But the subtext was clear, as he discussed what he said were the administration’s “hard choices, to quote the title of a book” – namely, Clinton's 2014 memoir.

He said the next president must avoid the temptation to turn inward or seek “sound-bite solutions in a world defined by complexity,” lest the U.S. “squander all of our hard-earned progress.”

“I’ve never been more optimistic about America’s capacity to lead our world to a more peaceful and prosperous future. But our leadership does not spring from some inherent American magic — it never has,” he said.

You can read the rest of the story at the Los Angeles Times.

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