(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden emphasized a "new tone" in Washington and around the world as he delivered his first major speech Saturday in Munich, Germany.
Biden told delegates at a security conference that the United States will work "preventively, not pre-emptively" whenever possible to avoid conflict, and will at the same time "vigorously defend" the nation's security.
He also said the United States will do everything possible to end the threat posed by extremists.
"We reject as false the choice between our safety and ideals," Biden told the Munich Security Conference audience, which included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. "America will vigorously defend our security and our values, and in doing so we will all be more secure."
That policy will be in force at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the U.S. prison that the Obama administration intends to close, Biden said.
"America will not torture. We will uphold the rights of those we bring to justice," Biden said.
I am sure that those who died in the Muslim attack on 9/11 will be glad to know that you are fighting for the rights of terrorists!
Joe looks scary. I give in.
The era of being nice to terrorists has begun. Hey, the only terrorist 'right' I'm concerned about is the right to a firing squad.
A new tone from Crazy Joe is to be silent! Let Hillary do her job and let Crazy Joe do his...be BO's #2. HE IS AN UNDERSTUDY! Let him go hunting or be kept in 'a secret bunker in an undisclosed location'...ANYTHING to keep his tyranical mouth away from microphones and the media!
I tried to picture Sarah Palin giving a speech to this crowd. As depressed as I am about the sorry state of this country, I did get a good laugh at the thought....she probably would have given a shout out and a wink to Sarkozy
WHEN WILL GEORGE BUSH,DICK CHENEY AND DONALD RUMSFELD BE CHARGED FOR WAR CRIMES ,TORTURING AND FAILING TO ACT SPEEDILY DURING HURRICANE KATRINA CAUSING HUNDREDS OF DEATHS ???????
Well,well,well, just remember that EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO AN OPINION AND FORMULATE A WAY OF ACTION .
If Vice-pres Biden, along with Pres Obama think this way or that way or they want to take this country into X,or Y,orZ vector, well ,...is their minds right?
But ,( A BIG,BIG BUT),... should we let them to ruin our beloved land?
What to do, then? I will leave the answer to you.
More obfuscating sales rhetoric! Joe must be reading Obama's script! :(
Joe Biden has years of experience in foreign policy. Why are so many Americans so uneducated and ignorant, yet they do not hesitate to express their opinions! Joe Biden is very well liked and well respected here in America and around the world. Khren, do you even know everything he has done? Your comment shows how unaware you are-you are the scary and crazy one!
only republician pay their taxes, Dems are cheats
I wonder how long it will be before he sticks his foot in his mouth big time. It will certanly be when talking to the wrong person.
What no ad libs? Good luck with Guatanamo, just saying you're going to close it doesn't solve anything, its still a problem with no reasonable solution. I'm sure the world is quivering with fear of the Obama admin. Word of warning Iran will have to be dealt with in the next 4 years you can't deny that nor can you smooth talk your way through that. They don't respect democracy.