It’s one thing to lie habitually, as Joe Biden has been doing for years. It’s another to lie about something so deeply personal as the death of one’s own child. Yet Biden has been exploiting just such a tragedy for the past seven years, mainly by rewriting the facts. Chief among these is that his son, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer in May of 2015 at age 46. You’d never know the cause of death if you took your cue from the number of time his father has falsely imputed it to Beau’s military service.
It is true that Beau Biden served in the military. He joined the Army National Guard in 2003 and attended the JAG School at the University of Virginia. He attained the rank of major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps as part of the 261st Signal Brigade in Smyrna, Del. In 2008, he was activated to deploy to Iraq and returned to the Unites States a year later. But that’s where his military career ends.
But not for his father. In 2016, while campaigning for Hillary Clinton, Biden was confronted by a military veteran who objected to the Obama administration’s policies in the Middle East. “My American friends died!” the man said. “Why did you tell the YPG to go back across the Euphrates? … My friend died!”
Without hesitation, Joe Biden shot back, “So did my son, OK?”
He did it again while on the campaign trail for president in 2020. Again he was approached by a veteran who had lost friends in the Iraq War, which Biden voted for as a senator. “We are wondering why we should vote for someone who voted for … and enabled a war that killed thousands of our brothers and sisters?” the man said. Biden’s response? He claimed his own son was one of those casualties.
One of his most revolting historical revisions occurred at the 9/11 commemoration ceremonies in New York in 2020. There Biden came into contact with a 90-year-old woman whose son had died in the terrorist attack. After glimpsing at a photo of her son, he claimed, wrongly, “I lost mine two years ago.” (His son died seven years ago.) When the woman asked whether Biden’s son had perished in the collapse of the twin towers, he falsely claimed, “No, it was in Afghanistan — I mean, Iraq.”
Which brings us to his most recent fabrication, which came last Thursday, during his grueling interview with George Stephanopoulos. At one point, after acknowledging that many Americans — and even a lot of veterans who served in Afghanistan — were eager to see the U.S. leave, the reporter asked:
But I wonder how you respond to an Army Special Forces officer, Javier McKay (PH). He did seven tours. He was shot twice. He agrees with you. He says, “We have to cut our losses in Afghanistan.” But he adds, “I just wish we could’ve left with honor.”
Biden, who has never learned the meaning of the word shame, debased himself with this bumbling response:
Look, that’s like askin’ my deceased son Beau, who spent six months in Kosovo and a year in Iraq as a Navy captain and then major — I mean, as an Army major. And, you know, I’m sure h— he had regrets comin’ out of Afganista— I mean, out of Iraq.