Vice President Joe Biden seemingly downplayed the threat of terrorism in a recent interview, saying he thought Americans overreact to attacks which pose no existential threat to the country.
Biden told The Atlantic that he operates under the “Biden doctrine”: “My dad used to say to me, ‘Champ, if everything is equally important to you, nothing is important to you.’ So the hardest thing to do, I’ve found in 44 years, is to prioritize what really are the most consequential threats and concerns…”
Americans, Biden said, are prone to overreact to “wolves at the door.” The real threat, he said, were the less obvious “wolves in the field” like Pakistan, Russia, and North Korea.
“Terrorism is a real threat, but it’s not an existential threat to the existence of the democratic country of the United States of America,” Biden said. “Terrorism can cause real problems. It can undermine confidence. It can kill relatively large numbers of people. But terrorism is not an existential threat.”
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