Biden: Ignore Trump, US Committed to Baltic States Permanently

Insists US 'Sacred Honor' Committed to Baltic States

Comments from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump questioning the wisdom of open-ended US military commitment to all NATO member nations should be ignored out of hand, according to Vice President Joe Biden, who today in Latvia insisted that no matter who is elected to what office, the US is permanently militarily committed to the Baltic states.

Biden insisted that the US had “pledged our sacred honor” to the NATO treaty, and that it would remain obliged to the alliance, saying that any comments by politicians to the contrary are “nothing that should be taken seriously.”

Trump made headlines early in the primary season by question whether NATO was obsolete in the post Cold War era, saying that European nations that could afford to pay for their own defense, by way of suggestion that the US is spending too much money defending other nations.

This has sparked a lot of political rancor, including accusations Trump is secretly in league with the Russians, and a lot of hand-wringing from NATO’s states along the Russian frontier, particularly the Baltic States, which keep predicting an imminent Russian invasion of Europe, which has the administration looking to placate those nations by reiterating their commitment to them.

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  • William Toffan

    Maybe Joe Biden is lobbying for a board member position for his daughter-in-law on the Latvian Utilities Commission. Attaboy, Wanker Joe!!

  • dahoit

    This clown made me burst out laughing.He usually does.
    Our sacred honor?hahahahaha.
    Screw the Baltics,Yankee come home.
    Let the midgets work out relations with their neighbor themselves.

  • O rly

    well technically he is correct, as long as we are bound by treaty it does not really matter what the president says.

    • RD1485

      the actual treaty does not demand military force be taken. they often lie about this, saying it does.

    • John Wells

      Treaties mean nothing. President Carter single-handedly abrogated the Taiwan-US Mutual Defense Treaty in 1979.

      • TEAM USA

        So if treaties mean nothing the USA should just bomb Iran’s nuclear complex and go to war I mean we signed a treaty with them to avoid a military confrontation and used diplomacy to avoid a war.Same thing we did with Russia with the cold war arms race or NATO alliance and the treaty we signed to defend each other is the bulwark that keeps enemy nations from invading there territories knowing that just because there army is bigger there weaponry is superior and they have the capability to do so they are deterred by the 28 nation alliance that pledged an attack on one is an attack on them all.Treaties mean something I mean war is always the last option for REAL super powers I understand why Russia perceives NATO as a threat to it’s influence it’s nation and its national security I mean foreign militaries in its border if I was Russian i’d also be concerned but they invaded it’s neighbor seized its territory what did they expect would happen the world wouldn’t react…It’s unfortunate we’re at this point in history where all we’re doing is repeating the mistakes of the past…Lets get it together World Powers doesn’t matter what bar in is the strongest of war destroys the nations you’re supposedly trying to defend…USA

        • TEAM USA

          Sorry spell check sucks what I said was doesn’t matter what nation is the strongest if war destroys the nations you’re supposedly trying to defend…i just want everyone to know I’m not pro war i’m just Pro-Freedom…God Bless everyone including the people who don’t agree with me..

          • Eileen Kuch

            Caught you in another lie, Team USA. Russia’s the country that doesn’t want war; it’s the USSA/NATO that do. You may personally don’t want war, but Obama, Hillary Rotten Clinton and their masters do.
            The Warsaw Pact and the USSR folded in 1990. That was 25 years ago; but NATO didn’t. It became an unnecessary anachronism the day the USSR and the Warsaw Pact were abolished. Now, NATO’s definition has also changed; it’s the North Atlantic Terrorist Organization, in case you haven’t heard. This terrorist organization has made a terrible mess in both the Middle East, Africa and in Asia Minor, and these regions haven’t been the same since. Ukraine’s a total basket case, due to the USSA orchestrated coup d’etat in February, 2014 and the secessions of Crimea and the Donbass that followed. The European Union has since turned its back on Ukraine, who’s chances of joining are slim to none.

          • TEAM USA

            Actually the pact we signed with Russia states we wouldn’t station any of our troops permanently on there borders that’s why the battalions are there in a rotational basis and Russia invaded its neighbors and seized the Crimea because it’s the only naval port that doesn’t freeze in the winter so it was a strategic asset for there military furthermore they’ve engaged in a form of hybrid war by targeting the election process in it’s neighboring countries installing pro Russian presidents like the puppet it had running Ukraine that was overthrown because the people wanted out of Russia’s sphere of influence and chose the path of freedom by trying to join the u.n even while they tried to bribe the people of Ukraine with a billion dollar bailout the people chose FREEDOM and ole Putin couldn’t stand the fact the former territories of the Russians wanted a pro western way of life so he starts a war it’s a frozen conflict and it kept Ukraine from joining NATO he also stationed nukes in the Kaliningrad a clear violation of the nuclear treaty with NATO and has been invading the airspace with mock bombings in its neighbors territories with all these facts I guess you’re still convinced the USA is still the aggressor huh? There’s a Bear in the woods some people see it others don’t or they just don’t want to…USA

          • eric

            You have got to get your information from all over the world and all sides pro and con . Maybe Japan might give the most correct information on the war between NATO and Yugoslavia . The United States and Europe have had a strong leaning towards the United Nations . Most all of our presidents and the men that got the nomination to run against our presidents have been New World Order men . Some times called Council of Foreign Relations men C.F.R. men They say they are working for peace . But in Yugoslavia NATO struggled for peace for both sides but always bombed the Orthodox Christians to save the Muslims In Syria the United States supports the rebels , who happened to be Al Qaeda , Al Nusa IS and other head choppers establishing Sharia law ..The United States has not supported Christians any place . But in Egypt ,Iraq , Libya and Syria NATO has supported the wrong side every time .

          • TEAM USA

            Look you need to get your information correct the Russians are an ally of the Assad regime Syria’s president an Alawite tribe a form of Shiite Muslim Iran is Shiite Muslims whose fighting the Sunni Muslims the U.S.A supports like the Turks and Saudi Arabia. Assads regime the Shiites were on the verge of defeat an Iranian general flew to Russia and begged for support and low and behold Russia’s bombing campaign and since my facts are so incorrect I guess the whole world’s lying when they said Assad was using chemical barrel bombs on its own people and our weak president Obama had previously stated that was a red line which in my opinion of what you are saying is true would’ve been the cover he needed to use our superior air power to annihilate the Syrians air force and would’ve been all the rebels needed to defeat Assad and since my facts are so incorrect how many bases do the Russians have in the middle East just Syria huh?Like I said before there’s a Bear in the woods some people see it others don’t or they just don’t want to…USA….good luck on making people believe what you say and not what we actually seeing happen…

          • TEAM USA

            Fun fact Paul Manafort was Trumps campaign manager the guy running for president on the Republican ticket in the USA the same guy Mr.Manafort that was running the pro Russian party in Ukraine and he was also the campaign manager of the pro Russian puppet president of the people of Ukraine that they overthrew,after he became Trumps campaign manager Trump starts talking about how obsolete NATO is music to Putin’s ears than the Democrats and Hillarys campaigns are hacked by the Russians trying to give Trump an advantage over the other candidate Hillary I wonder why I’m sure it had nothing to do with Mr.Manafort wink wink…Than a ledger containing amounts of large sum of money to the tune of twelve million marked for Mr.Manafort is discovered on a secret ledger left behind when the pro puppet president fled Ukraine to you guessed it Russia.Mr.Manafort than became a distraction and in my opinion might have cost Trump the presidency.If this could happen in the USA imagine what those tiny Baltic Nations are going through for standing up to Russian aggression…Theres a Bear in the woods some people see it see it others say they don’t or they just don’t want to…USA

          • eric

            stop saying Russia invaded Ukraine . Russia has only attack 1 country in the last 20 years and that was Georgia

          • Russia didn’t “attack Georgia.” Russia fought back on behalf of South Ossetia when Georgia invaded.

          • eric

            NATO turned its back on Georgia too . and refused to let them join NATO either . I bet a 100 dollars if there was a election of the 28 NATO countries those 3 little Baltic trouble makers would be thrown out of NATO . At least NATO should insist they have a real democracy .where every one is allowed to vote not just NAZIs

          • eric

            Same wishes for you tooTeam USA

        • John Wells

          The treaty meant nothing to Taiwan.
          Ask them It was exactly the same type of Mutual Defense Treaty we have with the Philippines and S. Korea. They are as worthless as the paper they are written on, if we choose to abrograte them, just like we did the Taiwan-US Mutual Defense Treaty.

        • John Wells

          Furthermore, the people of Crimea are Russian, always have been Russian and always will be Russian. The same can’t be said for the Iraqis – they weren’t American, but we invaded them anyway, and “the world” didn’t approve of it. Use of force “authorization” by the UN isn’t an authorization to invade and occupy.

        • eric

          Russia did not invade Ukraine . United States invaded Ukraine with 5 billion dollars worth of bad advice The Crimea , is the same as Kosovo , the people voted to leave Yugoslavia .Crimea the people voted to leave Ukraine . Of course United States bombed Serbia for 78 days with more tonnage of bombs ever dropped ever in Europe for 78 days . In order to convince the Serbs to stop fighting . NATO bombed Yugoslavia seized its territory against all international laws all against the wishes of Russia China and India and many none NATO countries . What do you think was going to happened ? Russia evidently believes all established laws and treaties mean nothing to NATO .. OK so now they mean nothing to Russia and China too . When Russia cried about Yugoslavia Germany told them there is nothing you can do about it . The Black sea is a place where Russia can fight and I guess there is not much of anything anybody can do about it either . What goes around comes around

  • Idiotland

    As if this stupid, useless clown had a clue what “sacred honor” was.

  • vietvet1968

    Biden and Obama and the MIC are setting us up for a major war with Russia. Start the war crimes trials, now.

  • Eileen Kuch

    In your dreams, Team USA. What you fail to realize is that Russia’s military would send USSA/NATO’s military scurrying for their lives. It’s NOT for liberty and the rights of people who yearn for it; it’s for the Satanist NWO and world domination.
    You also fail to realize is that the USSA/NATO leadership promised then President Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO wouldn’t expand from its original territory into that of the Warsaw Pact. Well, guess what .. the USSA/NATO LIED. You’ve been brainwashed by the Bolshevik/Zionist media for so long that you’re no longer capable of thinking; you simply parrot the propaganda/lies the MSM spews out daily.

    • eric

      I agree with you Eileen . Team USA doesn’t know what he is talking about . The Baltic countries tore down the statues of the Allied soldier that liberated them from the Nazis in W war 2 , they wanted new statues of Nazi soldiers . No body is allowed to even vote unless they can trace their Baltic ancestry backs to the Baltics before 1940 . So the Immigrants and their children and grand children are not allowed to vote . Team USA sounds a lot like Bidden telling us about honor and freedom . team USA needs to find out what a color revolution is . We have not seen aggression coming from Russia in the Baltics or Ukraine . But we did see a coup that was backed by the United States . If Russia should really attack the Baltics or Ukraine NATO would not do a single thing . NATO would fall apart no European country would help the United States fight against Russia because of Ukraine or the NATO Baltic countries . They would all end up just like Georgia did and get hammered back into the ground . And nobody came to help Georgia because Georgia actually started the fight .

      • TEAM USA

        Georgia’s not part of NATO Eric we’re only bound to protect people in the alliance you don’t have to say I don’t know what I’m talking about when clearly you dont.And if Russia’s military is so strong and the U.S.A is so weak why are we on there borders O…i remember we’ve got bases all over the world got Russia surrounded and nukes on its doorsteps…Have fun making people believe what you’re saying and not what they’re seeing….USA

  • MahmudH

    Quite right, we should ignore the real estate salesman, and focus on the real danger, as she’s the real threat to world peace.

  • survivor

    Scum rat Biden. Take your treaty with NATO and shove it. That damn treaty was only meant for the Soviet Union where the Baltic states were under Soviet control at that time. NATO isn’t needed anymore and the only reason Russia is acting a certain way is not because they are being aggressive; it is because they are reacting to ours and NATOs belligerence.

  • survivor

    NATO=NORTH ATLANTIC TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.

  • eric

    But maybe not in the USA