Biden’s "evolving" position on the Osama bin Laden raid
Vice President Biden seemed to change his account on Tuesday of the role he played in the White House debate surrounding the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. This time he recalled telling President Obama that he strongly supported sending in a team of Navy SEALs into Pakistan to kill or capture the al-Qaeda leader.
"As we walked out of the room, walked upstairs, I told him my opinion: I thought he should go, but follow his own instincts," Biden said Tuesday at a George Washington University forum.
With Biden mulling a run for the presidency, his latest account seems designed to buttress his qualifications to serve as commander-in-chief. But the vice president, who has a reputation as a voice of caution when it comes to committing American forces, seems to have contradicted his earlier memories of the final meeting before the bin Laden raid.
Biden's revised account puts him in the same camp as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama's former secretary of state and Biden's chief rival if he runs, who has long said that she supported sending in special operations forces to raid bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in Pakistan.