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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Snow Job

Biden is an exaggerator. He can't help himself. For example, saying his helicopter was "forced down" in Afghanistan during a speech to the National Guard Association about the war in Afghanistan - leaving the distinct impression that the Taliban nearly got him!
"Ladies and gentlemen, where are we now? Where are we now?" Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., said to the National Guard Association today, talking about the war in Afghanistan.

"If you want to know where Al Qaeda lives, you want to know where Bin Laden is, come back to Afghanistan with me," Biden said. "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."

Biden said that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., "says he’ll follow them to the gates of hell. You don’t have to go to hell. Just go to Pakistan. Just go to that area. That superhighway of terror that exists between Afghanistan and Pakistan."
Relax though, good ol' Joe was just caught in a blizzard and the chopper pilot thought it best not to keep flying:
In February 2008, Biden -- along with Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. -- was on a chopper that made an emergency landing in the mountains of Afghanistan.

A snowstorm had forced them down.

No one was injured, and the Associated Press reported at the time that "the senators and their delegation returned to Bagram Air Base in a motor convoy, and left for Turkey.
This was the second time he told the story, by the way. Neil Kinnock must have told a similar story that struck Biden's fancy.

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