The recent jousting of Vice President Joe Biden and his predecessor, Dick Cheney, dominated the talk of Monday morning political quarterbacks. But Cheney was not Biden's only target.
"I don't know whether the new senator from Massachusetts understands when you get tried in a military tribunal, you get a lawyer too. So it's good if we begin to learn the facts about all these things," Biden said on CBS's "Face the Nation"Sunday, referring to the ongoing debate over whether to try terror suspects in criminal or military courts. Scott Brown has criticized spending money for a suspect's lawyer in criminal court.
The comment rankled Brown.
"It was insulting," Brown told the Politico website. "He's trying to give me a lesson on military law, and I didnít think it was appropriate.
Brown made sure he conveyed to the website his military background, including serving in the Massachusetts Army National Guard for three decades, a job that includes working as a lawyer for the Guard. "I know the military rules and regulations and procedures from A to Z," the newest US senator said.
Biden, who also appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press,'' and Cheney, who was on ABC's "This Week," had exchanged jabs over the Obama administration's handling of the suspect in the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas, among other natinoal security questions.
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