Biden’s position on the Osama bin Laden raid: For it? Against it? He can’t keep his story straight.

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In early January 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden flat out denied that he told then-President Barack Obama not to launch a raid to kill Osama bin Laden in what did turn out to be a successful mission that did kill the man who orchestrated 9/11.

According to reports, back in January when Biden was asked about his opposition to the bin Laden raid he said repeatedly that he did not oppose it. However, back in 2012, Biden tried to make his opposition clear, recalling that he told Obama that his suggestion is to not go.

Allegedly, Biden has a long history of changing his mind on the bin Laden raid. Back in 2015, Biden again changed his story by saying he told Obama to “follow his instincts” and then again by saying he told Obama privately that he thought he “should go.”

Maybe Biden didn’t lie, maybe he did. Either way, by recalling things he has said over the years it seems he never gives the whole story. 

In his initial recounting of the events leading up to bin Laden’s fateful death on May 2, 2011, Biden portrayed Obama as a decisive leader who decided to move forward with the raid, despite the vice president’s advice.

According to reports, in mid 2011 and early 2012, Biden again recounted how during that time he advised Obama to wait fo further confirmation that bin Laden was actually in the compound in Pakistan before moving in.

However, months after that and ever since then, Biden has claimed that in a one-on-one meeting with Obama he told the president to “follow your instincts,” knowing that the then-president was inclined to move forward with the raid.

Back on January 3rd, Biden spoke with Fox News reporter, Peter Doocy. Doocy asked:

“As commander in chief, if you were ever handed a piece of intelligence that said you could stop an imminent attacked on Americans, but you have to use an airstrike to take out a terror leader, would you pull the trigger?”

Biden responded by saying:

“Well we did, the guy’s name was Osama bin Laden.”

Doocy replied:

“Didn’t you tell President Obama not to go after bin Laden that day?”

Biden said firmly:

“No, I didn’t”

Allegedly, some who have mulled over the exchange between Biden and Doocy have said that Biden’s “No, I didn’t” comment came in the middle of Doocy’s question, after Doocy said, “Didn’t you tell President Obama to not go over bin Laden,” but before Doocy said, “that day.”

However, the GOP put out a press release with the video of the exchange as well and then paired it with a video of Biden in 2012 recounting the April 2011 national security team meeting and saying, “Mr. President, my suggestion is don’t go.”

No one officially knows what Biden said to Obama privately.

But in reviewing the times that Biden has recounted or recalled what he has said, it seems that Biden never advised Obama to not go after bin Laden, only that he thought the raid should not be undertaken until they had taken further steps to confirm that bin Laden was actually at the compound in Pakistan.

The Daily Wire reported that:

“According to the various accounts of administration officials involved in the internal debate, Biden was one of the two main skeptics of the intelligence suggesting that bin Laden was in Abbottabad. He publicly even stated that he said “don’t go” until more intelligence was gathered.”

“So, it’s certainly clear he advised Obama not to go at that moment when Obama’s advisors were debating the issue. No matter what he said to Obama privately, he cannot so easily argue that he did not offer his guidance.”

According to reports, Biden told the New York Times that Obama’s “got a backbone like a ramrod.” Biden’s account of his position in that meeting, which at the time was confirmed by the White House, was not disputed by those who were there.

In his 2014 memoir, Worthy Fights, Leon Panetta, Obama’s director of Central Intelligence Agency at the time of the national security council meeting that is in question, wrote (on p. 138) that at that meeting:

“Biden argued that we still did not have enough confidence that bin Laden was in the compound and he came out firmly in favor of waiting for more information.”

On May 6, 2012, Biden was quoted saying:

“President had a roll call. Everybody had some maybe yes, maybe no, I think on balance, “Go.” The only guy who had a full-throated, full-throated, “Go Mr. President,” was Leon Panetta. I walked out of that meeting as I usually do, I get to be the last guy to be with the president.”

“We walked up toward the residence, toward his office and i knew he was going to go and what I always tell him, when he said, looked at me again, I said, “follow your instincts, Mr. President. Your instincts have been close to unerring. Follow your instincts.’ I wanted him to take one more day to do one more test to see if he was there.”

Allegedly, back then, bin Laden wanted to push the U.S. into “crisis” by assassinating Obama and thrusting a totally unprepared Biden into presidency. Allegedly, in a letter that bin Laden wrote to a top Al-Qaeda official he said that:

“He was instructing the Islamic terrorist organization to create two groups to watch for and target U.S. aircraft visiting the region that could be carrying Obama or then-CIA director David Patreaus. Bin Laden specifically instructed the terrorists to ‘not target visits by U.S. Vice President Biden.'”

Bin Laden wrote:

“The reason for concetrating on them is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him will automatically make Biden take over the presidency for the remainder of the term, as it is the norm over there. Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the United States into a crisis.”

According to reports, bin Laden’s niece, Noor bin Laden recently told the New York Post that President Donald Trump needs to win re-election. She said:

“Not only American, but Western civilization as a whole.”

She warned:

“Islamic terrorism proliferated under the Obama/Biden administration, leading them coming to Europe.”

She added:

“Trump has shown he protects American and us by extension from foreign threats by obliterating terrorists at the root and before they get a chance to strike.”

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