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Did Biden Really Say “Theocracy,” not “Bureaucracy”?

Lots of keen-eared readers are telling me that. The transcript I read said “bureaucracy.” But if Biden said “theocracy” he made a grammatical mistake as well as a logical one. ”Theocracy” refers to a system, not an institution. And it is incoherent to distinguish between the theocrats and Ahmadinejad, since Ahmadinejad is a theocrat. Bigtime theocrat, in fact. So Biden would be making a distinction without a difference, as we used to say in Logic 101…

Michael LedeenMichael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...

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