As VP, Joe Biden Assisted Terrorist Soleimani, Warned Against Killing Bin Laden

As VP, Joe Biden Assisted Terrorist Soleimani, Warned Against Killing Bin Laden

As vice president, Joe Biden made foreign political decisions that helped terrorist leader Quasem Soleimani form an Iranian-friendly government in Iraq. Biden also warned President Barack Obama against raiding, and inevitably killing, Osama bin Laden in 2011. The record shows that Biden made foreign policy decisions that cut in favor of international terrorists.

According to a 2013 New Yorker profile, Biden played a pivotal role in pushing the United States out of Iraq and handing over power to Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. According to the profile, Biden called the pro-American Iraqi politician Ayad Allawi to ask he stop trying to form a government. This left space for Soleimani to ensure an Iranian-backed politician took control of the Iraqi government.

After the U.S. military killed Soleimani, Biden released a statement claiming Soleimani’s death was a “hugely escalatory move in an already dangerous region.”

“President Trump just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox, and he owes the American people an explanation of the strategy and plan to keep safe our troops and embassy personnel,” Biden said.

Soleimani’s rise to power in the Middle East was aided by the Obama administration’s disastrous “Iran Nuclear Deal,” as well as Biden’s assistance for Soleimani’s Iranian power in Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries.

This is not the only example of Biden’s horrible decision making in the Middle East. In 2011, Obama assembled a team in the White House Situation Room to make a final decision on whether to launch a raid against what intelligence believed was Osama bin Laden.

“Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go,” Biden said as he recounted the bin Laden raid. The raid was incredibly successful and led to the death of bin Laden, the al-Quaeda leader and mastermind behind 9/11. Biden touted his record against the bid Laden raid, then, in 2015 flip-flopped his stance and said he advised Obama to “go with his gut.”

On CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Biden contradicted himself on the moment he told Obama not to act on the bin Laden raid. Instead, he changed the narrative, claiming he told Obama to take more precautionary steps.

“In order to give the president the leeway he needed, I said, ‘Mr. President, there’s one more thing we can do.’ … One more pass to see if it was bin Laden. I said, ‘You should do that, and there’d still be time to have the raid, but that’s what I would do,” Biden said.

He continued by claiming he privately told Obama to follow his instincts.

In 2012, Obama undercut Biden’s shifting story during a presidential debate against Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Obama made it clear Biden had opposed the bin Laden raid.

“Even some in my own party, including my current vice president, had the same critique as you did,” Obama said to Romney.

Biden’s foreign policy plans seem to cut in favor of terrorists, whether it be leaving room for Soleimani to influence power in Iraq, or leaving bin Laden alive. It’s clear Biden’s compass on foreign policy is flawed and he is attempting to conceal his poor judgment.

Chrissy Clark is a former staff writer at The Federalist. She has work featured in The Daily Signal and received a degree in political science from Michigan State University. Follow her on social media @chrissyclark_.
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