Joe Biden had another very bizarre appearance on Thursday.
Once again, Biden had several mental freezes during a short period of time.
He also happened to twist some historical facts again, something the GOP jumped all over as soon as the words came out of his mouth.
The Bin Laden Raid
During the campaign and several times during this presidency, Joe Biden has tried to use the Bin Laden raid to bolster his credibility on the fight against terrorism.
Biden has always made it sound as though he was behind the raid and instrumental in carrying it out.
That, however, was not really the case.
The first version of what happened during the discussions on the raid came right from Biden’s own mouth.
Biden stated, “The president, he went around the table with all the senior people, including the chiefs of staff, and he said, ‘I have to make a decision. What is your opinion?’
“He started with the national security adviser, the secretary of state, and he ended with me. Every single person in that room hedged their bet except [CIA Director] Leon Panetta. Leon said, ‘Go.’ Everyone else said, 49, 51.
“He got to me. He said, ‘Joe, what do you think?’ And I said, ‘You know, I didn’t know we had so many economists around the table.’ I said, ‘We owe the man a direct answer. Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go. We have to do two more things to see if he’s there.’”
Biden was clearly not 100 percent behind the raid at that point, but that is quite different from the story he tells today…
Interestingly, during a Washington Post fact-check on this subject, they tried to justify Biden’s comments and did so even though other accounts backed up Biden’s hesitancy on this.
The Washington Post reported, “Biden at the time probably did not expect to run again for president. He was clearly trying to make Obama look like a gutsy decision-maker in the face of antsy aides.”
So, now they know what Biden was thinking at the time? They used this thinking to justify a two Pinocchio rating rather than slam Biden with an outright lie.
Read the accounts of the discussion and you will see that Biden wanted nothing to do with that raid at that moment.
He was more worried about political fallout than he was ridding the planet of one of the most dangerous terrorists of our time.
Source: Washington Post