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February 5, 2024

Gold Star Grief Is All About Biden

Three Americans were killed because of Biden’s weakness, so he talked about his son and telegraphed some missile strikes.

The blood of three American soldiers is on Joe Biden’s hands. So what did he do? He made it all about himself by telling a grieving family about his own son’s death, and then he lobbed a few missiles and facilities tied to proxies of Iran. What a swell guy.

We’d be inclined to give Biden some grace for his advanced stage of dementia, as well as sympathy for losing his son Beau to cancer after losing his first wife and daughter Naomi in a car accident 50 years ago. That grief no doubt changed and haunts him.

But Joe Biden has been telling lies about himself for his entire adult life, including those deaths. He has repeatedly lied about losing his son Beau “in Iraq,” sometimes to the grieving families of American service personnel. He even did so in remembering 9/11 last year.

To tell his lie to Gold Star Families when he is responsible for the deaths of their loved ones piles disgrace upon disgrace.

Beau Biden was 46 when he died of brain cancer in 2015 at Walter Reed Medical Center rather than having “lost his life in Iraq,” where he’d served from 2008-09 with the Delaware Army National Guard. There is no evidence that Beau’s time in Iraq was the cause of his death. It would both honor Beau’s service and make Joe a sympathetic father if he’d just tell the truth in appropriate contexts.

Regarding the recent Iranian drone attack in Jordan that killed three Americans and wounded dozens more, according to the Department of Defense:

The three soldiers killed are Sgt. William Jerome Rivers of Carrollton, Georgia; Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders of Waycross, Georgia; and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett of Savannah, Georgia. All three were assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, 926th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade, Fort Moore, Georgia.

The commander-in-chief called those families, telling the parents of Spc. Sanders: “I know there’s nothing anybody can say or do to ease the pain. I’ve been there. … My son spent a year in Iraq. That’s how I lost him.”

As for the attack and response, Team Biden initially released a statement saying the assault “was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq” and promising to “hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner of our choosing.”

Iran is responsible. Rather than keep his promise, however, Biden warned that retaliation was coming, just not against Iran. U.S. Central Command reported late Friday afternoon that “U.S. military forces struck more than 85 targets,” including “command and control operations centers, intelligence centers, rockets, and missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicle storages, and logistics and munition supply chain facilities of militia groups and their IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps] sponsors.”

That’s all well and good, as is the promise of more attacks. “That is not the end of it,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Sunday.

Unfortunately, the Iraqi government said 16 people were killed Friday, including civilians. If any jihadis were vaporized, they’d have to be incredibly foolish (or just really itching for those 72 virgins) given all the advanced warning Team Biden gave. The administration signaled from the start that it was not looking to “escalate” anything with Iran, that the strikes would be “proportional” and against militias, and that the U.S. was even waiting for better weather.

Virtually the same thing happened last month when Biden belatedly hit back at the Iranian-backed Houthis for repeated attacks on U.S. forces.

Not only did Biden telegraph his punches, but he forgot the immortal advice of Sean Connery’s Jim Malone in the 1987 film “The Untouchables.” Talking about the strategy to get gangster Al Capone, Malone said: “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.”

Malone called that “the Chicago way,” but in foreign policy, it ought to be the American way. We should make our enemies too afraid to attack America. Instead, Biden clearly fears escalation more than Iran does, which sends an unmistakable message of weakness to the entire Middle East — and to Russia and China. Iran said it has no plans to retaliate, but that’s also a lie. Its sponsored militias will do the dirty work in hopes that Biden will remain too afraid to strike Iran.

As historian Victor Davis Hanson astutely observes, “When serially attacked, loudly responding that we will only proportionally strike back and wish no wider war will only ensure a big, ugly one.”

At least if anymore Americans are killed, Biden will be able to sympathize by once again making their families’ grief all about himself.

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