Joseph Biden Exaggerates Wartime Experience
When Hillary Clinton told a tale about "landing under sniper fire" in Bosnia, rival Democrat Barack Obama accused Clinton of "inflating her war experience" and misleading the American people. However, when Senator Joe Biden made an almost identical exaggerated and baseless claim of being "shot at" in Iraq, Obama made him his Vice Presidential candidate.
According to Biden during a presidential primary debate sponsored by YouTube in 2007, Biden proclaimed "Let's start telling the truth ... Number one, you take all the troops out - you better have helicopters ready to take those 3,000 civilians inside the Green Zone, where I have been seven times and shot at."
However, when later questioned about this claim by the Hill newspaper, Biden back pedaled from his claim of being "shot at" and instead offered, "I was near where a shot landed." The unsubstantiated claims forced Biden to further backtrack and to say that some sort of projectile "landed" outside a building in the Green Zone where he and another senator had spent the night during a visit in December 2005. Finally, Biden further retreated with the statement "No one got up and ran from the room-it wasn't that kind of thing," he told the Hill. "It's not like I had someone holding a gun to my head."
Fortunately for Biden, the media ignored his grand standing because he was viewed as having little chance of ending up on the Democratic presidential ticket. Interestingly enough, however, even after Biden was selected to be Obama's running mate, his claim to have been "shot at" drew no scrutiny from the same reporters who had savaged Clinton for making a similar claim that turned out to be false. Ah, less we forget the media's love affair with a liberal.
In another equally dramatic and completely baseless war story, the gaffe-prone Biden claimed first hand experience with "the superhighway of terror between Pakistan and Afghanistan where my helicopter was forced down." According to Biden, "If you want to know where Al Qaeda lives, you want to know where Bin Laden is, come back to Afghanistan with me," Biden bragged to the National Guard Association in 2008. "Come back to the area where my helicopter was forced down, with a three-star general and three senators at 10,500 feet in the middle of those mountains. I can tell you where they are."
However, it turns out that inclement weather, not terrorists, prompted the helicopter to land in an open field during Biden's visit to Afghanistan in February 2008. Fighter jets kept watch overhead while a convoy of security vehicles was dispatched to retrieve Biden and fellow Senators Chuck Hagel and John Kerry.
Joseph "Joe" Biden, Jr.
Joe Biden is the senior Senator from the state of Delaware. Biden sought the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1988, however, withdrew after getting caught plagiarizing campaign speeches. He currently receives his largest political donations from banking and credit card executives and lobbyists. His son is also a lobbyist who similarly receives hundreds of thousands of dollars from the same sources.