Former Vice President Joe Biden, a top 2020 Democratic contender for president, confessed Friday that if he was in the White House, he would not have ordered the strike that killed Iran’s infamous Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.
According to Breitbart, Biden’s admission came during the ABC News-hosted Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire on Friday night.
“I wouldn’t order the strike”
During the debate, moderator David Muir noted that the Obama administration had been fully aware of the threat posed by Soleimani against Americans and American interests in the Middle East and around the globe.
Biden was asked if he, in Trump’s position as commander in chief, would have made the decision to order the strike.
“No,” Biden replied. “And the reason I wouldn’t order the strike [is] there’s no evidence yet of imminent threat that was [going to] come from him.” Watch:
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Soleimani was a bad guy
Biden claimed that there was “no evidence” of an imminent threat posed by Soleimani, but he doesn’t have access to the same intelligence that President Trump has, and the Trump administration has stated that they have evidence that indicated Soleimani was plotting an imminent strike of some sort against Americans or American interests in the region.
The strike that killed the Iranian Quds Force commander came just days after Iran-backed and Soleimani-organized Shiite militias in Iraq attacked a U.S. base and killed an American contractor while wounding at least four U.S. military service members.
On top of that, Soleimani’s militias had also led the protest-turned-assault on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
Soleimani had long been deemed responsible for the deaths of at least 600 U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and the wounding of thousands more through roadside bombs and his proxy forces.
And as if that weren’t enough, Soleimani was also been named as an international terrorist and was under sanctions by the United Nations that prohibited his travel, particularly to a war zone like Iraq.
According to Biden’s own admission, he would have ignored all of the evidence of Soleimani’s past terror activity and future plans of terrorist strikes and not taken the opportunity to take him out.
As disconcerting as such an admission is, it really shouldn’t be all that surprising — as Breitbart noted, this is the guy who openly admitted to counseling then-President Barack Obama against ordering the strike that took out al-Qaida terror leader Osama bin Laden, suggesting he cares very little about actually keeping Americans safe from radical terrorists.
Disappointing as Biden’s answer to the Soleimani question was, the other Democratic candidates weren’t any better. Apparently, “Trump did it, therefore we must oppose it” is the overarching rule of the day.