Joe Biden’s Tuzla moment

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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