Monday, September 22, 2008

Biden: Come Back to Where Blackwater Rescued Me

In dramatizing his February 2008 trip to Afghanistan "where my helicopter was forced down," Senator Joe Biden omits an important fact: His rescuers were the private security men of Blackwater Worldwide.

"If you want to know where Al Qaeda lives, you want to know where Bin Laden is, come back to Afghanistan with me," said Biden in a taunt against Senator John McCain and supporters of winning the war in Iraq. "Come back to the area where my helicopter was forced down, with a three-star general and three senators at 10,500 feet in the middle of those mountains. I can tell you where they are."

But, Senator, can you tell us who rescued you? We can.

Biden huffed that he would ask his Republican counterpart, Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, about "the superhighway of terror between Pakistan and Afghanistan where my helicopter was forced down." He made it seem like terrorists forced down his aircraft.

Actually, it was a snowstorm that prompted the forced landing. That's what Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), who accompanied Biden and Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) on the aborted helicopter flight, told the Associated Press at the time.

ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper clarifies the issue. But his Googling of the incident didn't reveal that Blackwater contractors serving their country in a hostile location were the ones who rescued the senators and a three-star general.

If Biden asks Palin about "where my helicopter was forced down," Palin should ask Biden in return to praise Blackwater for saving him and taking him to Bagram Air Base.

Last February, Senator Kerry didn't try to make it look like enemy fire forced down the helicopter. "The weather closed in on us," he told the AP from safe refuge in Turkey. "It went pretty blind, pretty fast and we were around some pretty dangerous ridges. So the pilot exercised his judgment that we were better off putting down there, and we all agreed. . . We sat up there and traded stories."

Tapper adds that Kerry joked, "We were going to send Biden out to fight the Taliban with snowballs, but we didn't have to do it … Other than getting a little cold, it was fine."


Sandnsea said...

So maybe Senator Kerry didn't want to cause an unnecessary spark point to rile people up, or give the enemy any kind of moral victory in believing they had threatened the lives of 3 US Senators. Sounds like a smart thing to do, instead of disclosing secret war information as both Palin and McCain have.

What that has to do with the US employing mercernaries is beyond me. We need to have troops who are responsible to the American people. Patriots would understand why.

Leads said...

Oh, Joe! Those nasty snow storms and whirling helicopter blades create a issue for hair plugs don't they? Yeah, watch out. Hillary is coming in for a landing under sniper fire and Joe is forced down by a militant snow storm. What is with Dems who feel the need to show off their "close encounters of a militaristic kind"?

Nobama....Keep the Change.

Standish said...

Come on, Sandnsea, the Taliban had nothing to do with causing the snowstorm that prompted the US military pilots to make their emergency landing. The senators had been such critics of Blackwater that they couldn't even acknowledge who had brought them to safety.

Kind of like Obama in Afghanistan. Blackwater protected him, Obama told the Blackwater guys that they were getting a "bad rap" but could never say so publicly. US News & World Report broke the story and the Obamastani campaign has been silent.

Give these guys a break. They're American military veterans working for an American company on contract for the American government to accomplish an American military objective. Why can anybody possibly object to that?