2020 Presidental candidate Joe Biden has been running around peddling a war story that has been exposed by the Washington Post as being false ‘in nearly every detail.’
Last Friday Biden told a New Hampshire crowd that while serving as vice president he was asked to travel to the dangerous Kunar province in Afghanistan to “pin the Silver Star on a war hero who had rappelled down a steep wall to retrieve the body of a fallen comrade.”
Biden embellished the story with a notion of bravery by saying that he ignored others who tried to compel him not to go. “We can lose a vice president,” people allegedly said. “We can’t lose many more of these kids.”
In Biden’s telling, as he pinned the medal to the hero’s chest, the tearful Navy captain told Biden that he didn’t deserve the medal because he hadn’t saved his friend in time. “This is the God’s truth,” he told the audience. “My word as a Biden.”
Except it wasn’t. “Almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect,” the Post reported Thursday. “Based on interviews with more than a dozen U.S. troops, their commanders and Biden campaign officials, it appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion and regret that never happened.”
Biden did visit Kunar in 2008, but as a senator, not vice president. There, he watched as a major general pinned the Bronze Star to a soldier who successfully saved the life of an injured comrade during a Taliban ambush. The honored soldier, Miles Foltz, was a young Army specialist who pulled his comrade behind a rock, not an old Navy captain who rappelled down a wall.
“The upshot: In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony,” the Post writes.
Source: Free Beacon