Announcing a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan (which was due to happen much earlier under President Trump anyway) Joe Biden claimed responsibility for the 2011 Navy Seal raid on the Osama Bin Laden compound, although at the time he s was opposed to it.
As 1,530 people listened to Biden’s announcement, he squinted at the teleprompter who claimed he had said in the past that he “would follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell.”
Except it wasn’t Biden who said that at all, it was John McCain, who ran AGAINST Biden and Obama in 2008:
Biden only used the phrase “gates to hell” years later in reference to ISIS, but he’s never been one to let facts stand in the way of a good thread.
Indeed, as far as bin Laden is concerned, Biden actually opposed the raid that would have removed the linchpin of Al Qaeda.
In 2012, Biden noted, “The president, he went around the table with all the top officials, 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.
“He said, ‘Joe, what do you think?’ And I said … “Mr. President, my suggestion is not to go. ”
Biden has been trying to erase this priceless nugget for some time now:
Meanwhile, Biden’s “ decision ” to continue with Trump’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has surprised and angered several figures in the neo-conservative establishment, who never want to see the conflict end there.
House GOP conference chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) released a statement on Tuesday saying the move “abandons our position as world leader and plays into our opponents’ game.”
“President Biden’s decision gives the Taliban and al-Qaeda a propaganda victory,” Cheney proclaimed.
Retired Army General and former CIA Chief David Petraeus added that “Ending US involvement in endless war does not end endless war. It just ends our involvement. And I fear this war is getting worse.
Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham have both voiced their opposition, the latter calling the decision “disaster in the making” and “dumber than dirt”.
Senator Rand Paul is virtually the only Republican to have expressed his agreement with this decision:
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