Numerous speculations have circulated around whether current Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden had advised then-president Barack Obama against the raid that killed al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in 2011.
Joe Biden advised Barack Obama to wait before ordering the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, according to a new memoir, “A Promised Land”, by the former US president, set to be released on 17 November, and cited by The Guardian.
“Joe weighed in against the raid,” writes Obama in reference to the discussion over the Navy Seals mission that he ordered on the night of 1-2 May 2011.
Joe Biden himself earlier stated that during group discussion of whether to proceed with the raid, he advised Obama to take more time, saying: “Don’t go.”
Nevertheless, according to Obama, his vice-president, currently the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, immediately supported his decision to go ahead with the Bin Laden raid as planned, saying “follow your instincts”.
A ‘50-50 Call’
The account given by Barack Obama in his memoir is said to mirror those offered by other senior aides who were in the White House Situation Room at the time.
Obama is reported by the outlet as writing in his book that Biden was concerned about “the enormous consequences of failure” and counselled that the president “should defer any decision until the intelligence community was more certain that bin Laden was in the…