WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden's biggest mistake in accusing U.S. allies of supporting extremists in Syria may be that he said publicly what Obama administration officials have preferred to say only privately.
Biden apologized over the weekend to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates after saying they had a role in allowing foreign fighters, weapons and money into Syria to bolster groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad. He also made similar statements about Saudi Arabia's role in aiding extremists.
The diplomatic scramble that followed underscores the Mideast's tangled alliances and the murky sources of support that have helped Syria become a hotbed for extremists.
Even after Biden's back-to-back apologies, the White House was still in cleanup mode Monday, with officials making clear Biden had erred in his public comments.