Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen’s piece today brings up a question that everyone contemplating a Joe Biden presidency should seriously consider. With the recent raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a lot can be learned of President Trump. He is facing an ugly, unwarranted impeachment probe, and still risked any political backlash that can come from a risky raid.
Thiessen writes, “If things had gone horribly wrong, Trump would have been blamed and borne the consequences.” He uses Jimmy Carter and Desert One as an example and how his reelection was affected. “Trump knew the political risks but gave the order to go anyway.” That is a true President making decisions with the nation’s best interest in mind.
As for Joe Biden? Thiessen points to his involvement and advice to Obama while he was Vice President during the Osama Bin Laden raid. His actions show the core of his character, and it’s neither pretty nor presidential. Referencing Mark Bowden’s book “The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden” we are reminded of Biden’s leadership. “The only major dissenters were Biden and [then-Defense Secretary Robert] Gates, and before the raid was launched, Gates would change his mind” Bowden wrote.
As for Vice President Biden, he admittedly recalled that when Obama “turned to him and asked, ‘Joe, what do you think?’ Biden answered, ‘Mr. President, my suggestion is don’t go.” Shockingly, the reasoning behind his suggestion is incredibly telling. According to Bowden’s book, “Biden told the president that ‘if the effort failed, Obama could say goodbye to a second term.”
Wow, politics runs so deep in Biden’s veins that he is more concerned with reelection than National Security, and frankly, anything else.