Mr. Malarkey, full of Baloney
In his debate with Paul Ryan, Vice President made so many false statements that a fact-checker hardly knows where to begin. In the interest of brevity, here are Biden’s three biggest whoppers:
BIDEN: Asked about the administration’s denial of requests from the U.S. mission to Libya for increased security prior to the September 11 terrorist attack on the consulate in Benghazi — which resulted in the assassination of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans — Biden answered, “we weren’t told they wanted more security … We did not know they wanted more security.”
FACT: The U.S. Embassy in Libya requested “an increase in the number of our permanently assigned RSO [Resident Security Officer] staff,” as well as “five TDY DS [Temporary Duty Diplomatic Security] agents for 45-60 days rotations in Benghazi.”
According to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, “multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”
Eric Nordstrom, top regional security officer in Libya, testified, “All of us at post were in sync that we wanted these resources.” Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, Utah national guardsman who led a security team: “We felt great frustration that those requests were ignored or just never met.” Charlene R. Lamb, a deputy assistant secretary for diplomatic security, admitted that she denied requests for more security in Benghazi, testifying, “Yes sir, I said personally I would not support it.
The White House spin seems to be that the State Department knew that the Libyan mission requested additional security, but that it didn’t inform the White House. If that’s true, expect Obama to fire Hillary — in hopes that the American people don’t fire him.
BIDEN: “On Iraq, the president said he would end the war. Governor Romney said that was a tragic mistake; we should have left — that he ended it — Governor Romney said that was a tragic mistake; we should have left 30,000 troops there.”
FACT: Actually, Romney was criticizing Obama’s failure in negotiations with Iraq. What Romney (speaking with veterans) said was that “the withdrawal of all of our troops from Iraq by the end of this year is an enormous mistake and a failing by the Obama administration. Secretary Panetta and others had indicated they were working to put in place a Status of Forces Agreement … The precipitous withdrawal is unfortunate. It’s more than unfortunate. I think it’s tragic.”
Romney had earlier said, “The American people deserve to hear the recommendations that were made by our military commanders in Iraq. As the Washington Post reported, “The U.S. military had hoped that as many as 20,000 of its troops would remain to continue to train Iraqi security forces,” but, as McClatchy newspapers Europe Bureau Chief Roy Gutman reported, negotiations “foundered,” even as Obama “and his point man on Iraq, Vice President Joe Biden,” remained “largely aloof” from the process.
Charges Krauthammer observed at the time, “Obama was left with but a single task: Negotiate a new status-of-forces agreement … He blew it.” In consequence, as the New York Times reported, “Sectarian violence and political turmoil in Iraq escalated within days of the United States military’s withdrawal.” Tragic.
BIDEN: Asked under Obama’s plan “who will pay more in taxes?” Biden replied “people making a million dollars or more will begin to contribute slightly more.”
FACT: Obama’s plan is to allow the Bush tax cuts of 2003 to expire at the end of the year for individuals making over $200,000 per year, or households making more than $250,000 per year — not $1 million per year. Biden’s math was off by a factor of five.