Robert Gates Confirms Biden Was Only Adviser Not In Favour of ‘Immediate Action’ Against Bin Laden

Amid the controversy regarding Joe Biden’s attitude towards the special operation to wipe out the world’s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden by US special forces, the tenth anniversary of which was marked on 2 May, the US president earlier distanced himself from claims that in 2011, as then-vice president, he opposed the mission.

As the US begins a phased troop pullout from Afghanistan, former US defense secretary Robert Gates has weighed in on the developments, while also offering his take on the decision-making behind the raid on the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Osama bin Laden.

On 2 May 2011, almost 10 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda against the United States that claimed the lives of at least 2,977 people and injured 6,000 others, the then-al-Qaeda* leader was killed in a US Navy SEAL raid in a suburban neighbourhood in Pakistan.

He was reportedly buried at sea off the deck of a US aircraft carrier.

It was the 9/11 attacks that prompted the US to declare a war on terror, and subsequently carry out invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Special Report”, Robert Gates contributed to the controversy regarding whether President Joe Biden, during his stint as Vice-President, had been against the bin Laden raid.

The host Bret Baier recalled the book on the bin Laden raid written ostensibly by a member of the Navy SEALs under an assumed name, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden…

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