Former Vice President Joe Biden is unapologetic for fabricating an emotional story about the war in Afghanistan, claiming its “essence” is true.
Biden, who is under fire after The Washington Post exposed a story he told about pinning a medal on a reluctant Navy officer as inaccurate, defended his conduct while campaigning in South Carolina on Thursday.
“I don’t understand what they’re talking about, but the central point is it was absolutely accurate what I said,” Biden told The Post and Courier when asked about the controversy. “He refused the medal. I put it on him, he said, ‘Don’t do that to me, sir. He died. He died.’”
The story, in question, entailed the former vice president being asked by a four-star general to travel to Afghanistan to honor a Navy captain who risked his life to save a downed comrade. As Biden recollected to more than 400 voters in New Hampshire last week, the captain “rappelled down a 60-foot ravine under fire and retrieved the body of an American comrade, carrying him on his back.” When the captain’s superiors sought to honor his bravery with a “Silver Star,” the officer refused, as his comrade had died during the mission.