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Joe Biden Just Lied About Opposing the Raid to Kill Osama Bin Laden

Yesterday in Iowa, Joe Biden lied about his opposition to ordering the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. In 2012, he told the story of how he advised President Obama to NOT order the raid—an account confirmed by President Obama himself, along with at least six (6!) other Obama Administration officials.

Here’s Biden’s lie:

REPORTER: 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: Well, we did. Guy’s name was Osama bin Laden.

REPORTER: Didn’t you tell President Obama not to go after bin Laden?

BIDEN: No, I didn’t. I didn’t.


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Put aside the fact that the OBL raid was not in response to intelligence about an imminent attack, and put aside the fact that it was not an airstrike. Biden’s claim today directly contradicts what he said on video in 2012:

BIDEN: 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 advisor, the Secretary of State, and he ended with me. … He said, ‘Joe, what do you think?’ And I said … ‘Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go.’

When then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked whether Biden actually opposed the raid, Carney said, “I know that he’s speaking accurately.”

This prompted The Atlantic’s John Hudson to write at the time that “one can’t help but look at the scoreboard of foreign policy decisions Biden has gotten utterly wrong over the last 20 years.”

Debating Mitt Romney in 2012, President Obama confirmed that Joe Biden opposed the raid:

OBAMA: When it comes to going after Osama bin Laden, you said, well, any president would make that call. But when you were a candidate in 2008 … you said we shouldn’t move heaven and earth to get one man, and you said we should ask Pakistan for permission. … And even some in my own party, including my current vice president, had the same critique as you did.

Hillary ClintonLeon PanettaRobert Gates, an anonymous senior official, and Michael Morell all say Biden opposed the raid.

As The Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen explained last week, President Trump greenlighting the operation that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was significant because:

“If things had gone horribly wrong, Trump would have been blamed. That risk is why former vice president Joe Biden advised President Barack Obama not to carry out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Trump did not hesitate the way Biden did.”

In giving both the order to take down al-Baghdadi and the order to take out Iranian terrorist Soleimani, President Trump showed the kind of leadership and judgement that Joe Biden never has.

Indeed, Biden’s own Secretary of Defense once said that Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

Sorry, Joe—no amount of lying can change that.

– @MattWolking, Deputy Communications Director for Rapid Response

Via Donald J. Trump for President

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