Joe Biden gets destroyed by fact-checkers over bin Laden comments

Joe Biden has a long-established history of saying whatever he thinks he needs to say to make voters happy, a strategy that has repeatedly backfired on him.

The latest example of this came after the strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, when Biden held a press conference and attempted to offer tips on foreign policy to President Donald Trump. But after the fact, Biden’s statements on Iran completely collapsed in the face of several brutal fact-checkers, according to Breitbart.

Another Biden lie

The strike against Soleimani has invited the press to ask all current presidential candidates how they would respond to an imminent attack against American interests.

Peter Doocy of Fox News asked Biden last week: “As commander in chief, if you were ever handed a piece of intelligence that said you can stop an imminent attack on Americans but you have to use an airstrike to take out a terror leader, would you pull the trigger?”

Biden then responded: “Well, we did. Guy’s name was Osama bin Laden.” Doocy came back with: “Didn’t you tell President Obama not to go after bin Laden?”

The former vice president quickly responded: “No, I didn’t. I didn’t.”

The facts

Unfortunately for Biden, there was no “imminent” attack threatened when bin Laden was killed. At that point, he was a target of opportunity for his cumulative strikes. Additional, as fact-checkers at Breitbart and PolitiFact have pointed out, Biden blatantly lied.

During a 2012 Democrat retreat, Biden was trying to sell everyone on the “backbone” shown by Obama when this strike was carried out. All sources present at the time have stated that Biden was iffy on the strike and was more worried about political fallout than he was in taking out a terrorist.

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler noted that “the story of his advice to Obama has evolved over time. He now says he’s telling the full story, involving both a meeting of top advisers and a private conversation afterward with Obama,” Kessler added.

PolitiFact’s Amy Sherman went on to point out that what Biden actually told Obama in that private conversation was to follow his instincts, remaining non-committal throughout the process.

Kessler reiterated Sherman’s point, saying that administration officials at the time made it clear that Biden “advised Obama not to go at that moment when Obama’s advisers were debating the issue. No matter what he said to Obama privately, he cannot so easily argue that he did not offer this guidance,” Kessler noted.

Biden was basically terrified of making a commitment because he wanted to protect his career. The last thing any president should be worried about in a case such as this is political fallout. Once again, the real Biden has been revealed as not only a liar, but also a coward.

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