Joe’s “Word as a Biden” is Apparently Not Worth All That Much
You know a Democrat has told a hell of a whopper when even the Washington Post feels compelled to call them out on it. And we’re not just talking about Glenn Kessler’s fact-check page, either, which in fairness does do a better job of “checking” liberals than most other fact-check sites on the internet. No, this was a front page story that laid out Joe Biden’s fictitious tale about a four-star general asking him, as vice-president, to recognize the heroism of an Afghanistan military captain.
From the Post:
Joe Biden painted a vivid scene for the 400 people packed into a college meeting hall. A four-star general had asked the then-vice president to travel to Konar province in Afghanistan, a dangerous foray into “godforsaken country” to recognize the remarkable heroism of a Navy captain.
Some told him it was too risky, but Biden said he brushed off their concerns.
“We can lose a vice president,” he said. “We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.”
The Navy captain, Biden recalled Friday night, had rappelled down a 60-foot ravine under fire and retrieved the body of an American comrade, carrying him on his back. Now the general wanted Biden to pin a Silver Star on the American hero who, despite his bravery, felt like a failure.
“He said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!’ ” Biden said, his jaw clenched and his voice rising to a shout. “ ‘Do not pin it on me, Sir! Please, Sir. Do not do that! He died. He died!’ ”
The room was silent.
“This is the God’s truth,” Biden had said as he told the story. “My word as a Biden.”
The very next line in the Washington Post article: “Except almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect.”
Ha! It seems that Joe’s “word as a Biden” is worth about as much as Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential candidacy.
Indeed, from the Post’s best reporting, we learn that Biden went to Konar not as a vice president but as a U.S. senator in 2008. The guy who performed the rescue central to the story was an Army specialist, not a Navy captain. He was not awarded a Silver Star by Biden but rather a Medal of Honor by President Obama. That was six years after the Afghanistan visit that Biden describes in the story.
“I was making the point how courageous these people are, how incredible they are, this generation of warriors, these fallen angels we’ve lost,” Biden said when confronted about the mish-mash of nonsense he pushed as a true story. “I don’t know what the problem is. What is it that I said wrong?”
Well, as Louis Armstrong famously said: There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t tell them.
And that’s the God’s truth.