Joe Biden’s Tuzla moment

Posted by: ST on September 22, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Remember how the mainstream media, conservative bloggers, and Obama surrogates and supporters pounced on Hillary Clinton’s bogus remarks about landing in Tuzla “under sniper fire” during a trip she took to Bosnia as First Lady back in 1996?  She took an intense amount of heat for her false statement, with an irked Bubba Clinton coming to her defense by suggesting that she was “tired” and made a mistake.

Well, I believe Joe Biden had his Tuzla moment today, claiming (and not for the first time) that his helicopter was “forced down” in Afghanistan in Feb. 2008.  Jake Tapper factchecks Biden here (h/t: Carol Platt Liebau):

In February 2008, Biden — along with Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. — was on a chopper that made an emergency landing in the mountains of Afghanistan.

A snowstorm had forced them down.

No one was injured, and the Associated Press reported at the time that “the senators and their delegation returned to Bagram Air Base in a motor convoy, and left for Turkey.

“The weather closed in on us,” Kerry told the AP at the time in a phone interview from Turkey. “It went pretty blind, pretty fast and we were around some pretty dangerous ridges. So the pilot exercised his judgment that we were better off putting down there, and we all agreed…We sat up there and traded stories.”

Kerry joked, “We were going to send Biden out to fight the Taliban with snowballs, but we didn’t have to do it…Other than getting a little cold, it was fine.” 

Folks, this isn’t just one of his many gaffes.  This is an outright (dare I say it?) lie.  He’s made these comments in the context of being in enemy territory, clearly implying that the helicopter came under fire, and as a result was “forced” to make an emergency landing.  Will we see the mainstream mediots hound Biden like they did Hillary Clinton over Tuzla? Don’t bet on it.

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11 Responses to “Joe Biden’s Tuzla moment”


  1. Jeanie says:

    Ugh! He seems to be a child with one story, wilder than the next. And he’s indulged and spoiled. No one seems to call him on it, and the state he represents must find this….endearing. GAG!

    I do find it funny too, that Mrs. Clinton embellishsed her story, and went so far as to tell us how Chelsea was with her. How come no one called her on child abuse, or being a bad mother, by taking her only child into a dangerous war zone? (Even though it wasn’t) But by implying in her embellshment, of the situation of being under sniper fire, and having her child with her….that’s not really good sense, that she would actually consider taking her child into a situation like that.

  2. Tom Bro-KAW says:

    Oh, Joe! Those nasty snow storms and whirling helicopter blades create a issue for hair plugs don’t they? Yeah, watch out. Hillary is coming in for a landing under sniper fire and Joe is forced down by a militant snow storm. What is with Dems who feel the need to show off their “close encounters of a militaristic kind”?

    Nobama….Keep the Change.

  3. camojack says:

    “This is an outright (dare I say it?) lie.”

    Dare! Dare!!! :d

  4. Steve Skubinna says:

    Okay, look, it could have happened that there might have been Taliban or al Qaida fighters in the area the helo landed, and if they were, then it could have happened that thay attacked the helo, and if it did, then maybe the people aboard would have resisted, and if they did, then maybe Biden would have gone all Chuck Norris on them, and if he had, there’s no telling how much Islamist butt GI Joe Biden might have theoretically kicked.

    I mean, hey, who can say there wouldn’t have been, oh three dozen or more Jihadis KIA, huh? Can anyone prove he wouldn’t have opened a giant Costco sized can of whup-ass on them?

    So I think I’ve demonstrated logically that it could have happened, and if it could have happened then why not give Fightin’ Joe Biden credit for his heroic deeds? Especially since they appear to be seared, seared into his memory.

  5. Proof says:

    “I regret that I have but one snowball fight to give for my country”

    -Nathan Biden

  6. Kathy says:

    That’s not the half of it. Here’s the quote I posted at HRP made during Biden’s interview with CBS:

    “When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed. He said, ‘look, here’s what happened.’

    Why didn’t FDR just use his cell phone? Perhaps he was too busy working at NASA.

    Still, I’d be interested in what Biden thinks FDR said happened….

  7. Lorica says:

    When the stock market crashed Herbert Hoover was the President. Who would give a squat what FDR said in 1929. He didn’t become President until 1933. =)) What next some comment that was etched into his memory??? – Lorica

  8. Kathy says:

    I dunno Lorica, but it boggles the mind, doesn’t it? And what is even more sad, Couric didn’t correct him and television is HER medium.

    But these guys know better than we do how to run a country, uh huh. Sure.

  9. Lorica says:

    And Couric wonders why her ratings are the lowest in Television History. – Lorica

  10. Lorica says:

    Biden’s lackey speaks:

    Biden’s spokesman, David Wade, countered: “I’m proud to say that we Democrats aren’t experts at Herbert Hoover depression economics like John McCain and his pals. From Franklin Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, we just get elected to clean up the economic mess these Republicans leave behind.”

    =)) Whatever!! Bill Clinton left George Bush the worst economy since Jimmy Carter. The Dow was down more than a third and people were losing jobs. What brought us back up was George Bush’s tax cuts. Just like a Democrat, you can’t excuse you boss’s stupidity so you deflect the truth. – Lorica