Biden went to the Baltics and visited US soldiers who had been moved near Poland’s border with Ukraine to assist with the refugee crisis. He also appeared to inadvertently suggest that they would be deployed into Ukraine during his visit. He also informed them of a patently false personal anecdote about which he has fallen short on more than one occurrence — and over which he has been debunked on each occasion.
Biden, in other words, lied to the faces of troops he was attempting to show his support for while they hung on the edge of their seats awaiting news regarding whether or not America would enter the conflict and potentially start World War III.
He mentioned his own connections to the military and experiences visiting with service members and US bases in the Middle East while discussing the service and sacrifice of troops over the previous decades, whom he correctly characterized as “the greatest fighting force in history.”
“The second time I’ve flown in — I’ve been in and out of Afghanistan and Iraq about 40 times — 30-something,” he said to members of the 82nd Airborne on Friday.
In fact, Biden has only visited Iraq and Afghanistan 21 times throughout his decades in the Senate and as President Barack Obama’s Vice President, according to PolitiFact after last month’s State of the Union address, during which he is said to have gone off script and claimed he’d been to Iraq and Afghanistan over 40 times.
“I’ve been in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan more than 40 times,” he said before the joint meeting of Congress.
Did he deliberately lie?
That’s right — only weeks ago, during the most crucial executive speech of the year while the Ukraine war was unfolding, Biden doubled a number that was supposed to reflect his overseas travels. Then, when he went to visit our troops stationed all around the world, just 60 miles from where a new great western military conflict would begin, he repeated it.