Joe Biden Says He Advised Obama to ‘Wait’ With Bin Laden Raid To Give Him ‘Space’ to Weigh Risks

The recently published memoir, “A Promised Land”, by Barack Obama, has also weighed into the speculations regarding whether former vice-president Joe Biden had advised him at the time against the raid that killed al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in 2011.

Joe Biden has shed light on why he advised then-president Barack Obama to wait before ordering the raid that wiped out al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011.

The advice, which, incidentally, the then-president did not take, was offered to “give him space”, said Biden, in a new CNN documentary, ‘President in Waiting’, that contains contributions from all five living former VPs: Biden, Dick Cheney, Al Gore, Dan Quayle and Walter Mondale.

​In the documentary, cited by The Guardian, Biden says:

According to Biden, he felt there was one more option open.

The current projected president-elect reveals in the CNN documentary that as he looked around the room at those present, he offered his own opinion, seeking to give the then-President Barack Obama “space”:

According to Biden, he and Obama had a subsequent private discussion, where the former VP advised the president to follow his instinct, adding that the latter “risked his entire presidency” on making the call.

On 2 May 2011, as part of Operation Neptune Spear, the US Special Forces, acting on the president’s orders, raided an al-Qaeda compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing the world’s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden…

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