Millions of Americans around the world crawled around televisions on May 1, 2011, when then-President Barack Obama spoke to the nation with big news – Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden had been killed by Navy SEALs.
That was exactly 10 years ago.
Joe Biden, Obama’s then-vice president, had opposed the movement, arguing at high-level meetings that they should wait for more further intelligence on bin Laden’s whereabouts before announcing the strike again.
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Biden has since distanced himself from these allegations and told Fox News’ Peter Doocy earlier this year the opposite.
“As Commander-in-Chief, if you ever got a piece of intelligence that said you could stop an impending attack on Americans – but you have to use an air strike to take out a terrorist leader – would you pull the trigger?” Asked Doocy.
“Well, we did,” replied Biden, the then president. “The guy’s name was Usama bin Laden.”
“Didn’t you tell President Obama not to go after bin Laden that day?” Doocy is countered.
“No, I did not,” said Biden.
But even Obama himself disputed the claim in his 2020 memoir “A Promised Land.”
“Joe weighed in on the raid, arguing that given the enormous consequences of failure, I should postpone any decision until the intelligence community was more confident that bin Laden was in the building,” Obama wrote, reporting on the national security meetings, which led up to the death of the 9/11 mastermind.
The bite itself has on several occasions over the years admitted to being against the raid, at least initially.
In the weeks following the strike, he said he and other cabinet members had advised caution about the attack, but praised Obama’s decision “to take the bold step,” according to The New York Times.
A year later, in an interview with NBC, he began to claim that he had privately asked Obama to trust his instincts after the meeting, in which he expressed opposition to the raid.
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Obama and Biden have both said that Biden dropped his early opposition to the raid and ultimately supported the 44th President’s decision to go ahead and kill the man responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks that left 2,977 people dead. that day, over 6,000 injured and more than 10,000 survivors and first responders exposed to carcinogenic dirt.