Millions of Americans around the world huddled around television on May 1, 2011, when then-President Barack Obama addressed the nation with important news – Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by naval seals.
That was exactly 10 years ago.
Joe Biden, Obama’s vice president at the time, opposed the move, arguing at summits that they should wait for more information on bin Laden’s whereabouts before covering the strike.
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Since then, Biden has distanced himself from the allegations, telling Peter Doussy of Fox News earlier this year.
“As commander-in-chief, if you ever received intelligence that said you could stop an imminent attack on the Americans – but you had to use air strikes to bring out a leader of terror – would you pull the trigger?” Dusi asked.
“Well, we did,” said Biden, then president-elect. – The boy’s name was Osama bin Laden.
“Didn’t you tell President Obama not to pursue bin Laden that day?” Dusi countered.
“No, I’m not,” Biden said.
But even Obama himself has challenged the claim in his 2020 memoir, The Promised Land.
“Joe judged the attack, arguing that given the huge consequences of the failure, I should postpone any decision until the intelligence community is more confident that bin Laden is in the complex,” Obama wrote, referring to the national security meetings that led until the death of the leader on September 11.
Biden himself, on several occasions over the years, admitted that he opposed the attack, at least initially.
In the weeks following the strike, he said he and other cabinet members had advised caution in the attack, but praised Obama’s decision to “start a bold move,” according to The New York Times.
A year later, in an interview with NBC, he began claiming that he had privately told Obama to trust his instincts after the meeting, in which he expressed resistance to the attack.
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Both Obama and Biden said Biden had given up his early opposition to the attack and ultimately backed the 44th president’s decision to move forward and kill the man responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed two people. 977 people that day, and more than 6,000 were injured and more than 10,000 survivors and first responders exposed to carcinogenic debris.