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Biden Denies Opposing Osama Bin Laden Raid; Top Advisers Say He’s Lying

Biden previously said he advised President Barack Obama not to execute the operation.

 on 4th January 2020 @ 9.00pm
obama made it clear that biden had opposed the raid during a presidential debate with mitt romney on oct  22  2012 © press
Obama made it clear that Biden had opposed the raid during a presidential debate with Mitt Romney on Oct. 22, 2012.

Former Vice President and 2020 contender Joe Biden was forced to shed light on his contradictory accounts on his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.

Biden previously said he advised President Barack Obama not to execute the operation.

But on Friday, Biden told a reporter this was not true, which conflicted the accounts by several other top Obama officials.

"No, I didn't, I didn't," Biden said.

The comment came from what appeared to be an interview in which Fox News' Peter Doocey in where Biden was and about he U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

biden s description of his stance of the decision making method behind the raid on bin laden   s compound has morphed over the years © press
Biden's description of his stance of the decision-making method behind the raid on bin Laden’s compound has morphed over the years

Doocey asked Biden if he would "pull the trigger" to take out a terror leader if he had intelligence that could prevent an attack against Americans.

But Biden responded by bringing up bin Laden:

"Well, we did, the guy’s name is Osama bin Laden," he said before Doocey implied that the then Vice President told Obama not to do it.

Biden's description of his stance of the decision-making method behind the raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, has morphed over the years.

In 2012, he said his advice was "don’t go."

But by 2015, he said he had privately told Obama to "go."

biden s version of events also contradicts the public accounts of former secretary of state hillary clinton © press
Biden's version of events also contradicts the public accounts of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Biden's version of events contradicts the public accounts of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama, former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, and former CIA Director Leon Panetta.

In Clinton's memoir, 'Hard Choices,' she wrote:

“I respected Bob [Gates] and Joe [Biden]'s concerns about the risks of a raid, but I came to the conclusion that the intelligence was convincing, and the risks were outweighed by the benefits of success.”

Gates and Panetta also claimed Biden opposed the operation:

“I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades," Gates said of Biden.

Obama made it clear that Biden had opposed the raid during a presidential debate with Mitt Romney on Oct. 22, 2012.

The former President told Romney that “even some in my own party, including my current vice president, had the same critique as you did.”

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