Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Vice President Joe Biden confused Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad with Saddam Hussein during an interview with Charlie Rose on Monday.
Discussing the Obama administration’s strategy with war-torn Syria and the Islamic State terrorist group, Biden mixed up Assad with Hussein, the former dictator of Iraq who was hanged in 2006 for crimes against humanity.
“At the same time, we’re continuing to work the international community to reach a negotiated settlement that gets Saddam out of power, have him leave,” Biden said.
“Assad out of power,” Rose said, correcting him.
“Assad, I’m sorry,” Biden said. “Freudian slip.”
The Obama administration has repeatedly stated Assad has lost his legitimacy to lead and needs to go, but he has held power while fighting rebels in a brutal civil war that has also launched a refugee crisis in Europe. Assad has been condemned worldwide for his use of chemical weapons against his own people, much like Hussein.