For John, BLUF: Could this be a disinformation operation on the part of the Clinton Camp? Nothing to see here; just move along.
The Associated Press is reporting that our Vice President, Joe Biden, had to apologize to the leader of another country over remarks he, the Vice President, may have made. The word used is "clarify", as in "Biden calls UAE prince to clarify remarks on Syria". The Reporter is Ms Aya Batrawy.
Here is the beginning of the article:
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday called the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates to clarify that he did not mean to imply in his remarks last week that the Gulf ally was supporting al-Qaida fighters in Syria.What ever happened to Chatham House Rules and Deep Background? That is to ask if the Vice President, and his aides, are just careless or if the Press is not acting in an ethical manner?
Biden spoke with Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and a key Emirati leader, the White House said.
In fairness to Vice President Biden, there are a fair number of folks who think that Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States are, in fact, supporting Sunni insurgents against the Alawi Islam♠ led Government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Followers of Alawi Islam are Twelvers.