By Devan Coggan
Updated August 26, 2016 at 10:09 PM EDT
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Someone get Joe Biden a proton pack.

U.S. vice president sat down with The Atlantic recently for a wide-ranging interview about the current election, national security, and foreign relations. It’s a lengthy, thoughtful discussion about America’s role in the world, but it also includes one particular gem, where Biden argues it’s America’s responsibility to intervene in foreign affairs because keeping other countries stable also benefits us.

Or, in other words, when there’s something strange in the neighborhood, America is the country you want to call.

“Look what happened with Mexico,” Biden told The Atlantic. “Fewer and fewer Mexicans are coming over. Matter of fact, there’s a net migration [out of the United States to Mexico]. Why? Mexico is doing better. Isn’t there interest for Mexico to be more stable? It helps us. Because, guess what? It’s like Ghostbusters, man. When there’s a problem anywhere else, call Ghostbusters. We’re Ghostbusters; so it makes sense that we are there to help them because it helps us.”

Straight from the mouth of the vice president: We’re like Ghostbusters, man. America ain’t afraid of no ghosts.


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