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Biden as the fool: Former VP smeared Marines with false data over Iraq armored vehicle request

Once a political hack, always a political hack

(NationalSentinel) Politics: Former Vice President Joe Biden, still a U.S. senator from Vermont, used phony data in 2007 to smear the U.S. Marine Corps in an attempt to score political points against then-President George W. Bush over the Iraq war.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon:

The story on the front page of USA Today in 2007 made a sensational claim: Military leaders in wartime had failed to provide troops in Iraq being killed by roadside bombs with mine-resistant jeeps.

“Pentagon balked at pleas for safer vehicles,” read the headline. The story went on to assert that the Marine Corps, in particular, was negligent for waiting 19 months before responding to an urgent request for mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPs.

Democrats in the Senate pounced on the story to attack then-President George W. Bush over Iraq. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, flanked by other Democratic leaders, went before news reporters the day the story came out waving the newspaper in front of cameras as proof the president was failing to take care of American troops in a war.

However:

Much of the information for the story came from a Marine Corps scientist, Franz Gayl, who had been put in touch with the article’s authors by Erin Logan, a staff member for then-senator Joe Biden (D., Del.).

Ten years later, documents and emails obtained by a former director of operations for the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab in Quantico present a contradictory picture. The documents and emails show the Democrat-driven public accounts accusing the Marines of failing to protect their troops by delaying requests for armored vehicles between February 2005 until September 2006 were false and misleading.

The facts presented by Steve Chill, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel who served in Iraq, reveal the Corps was already engaged in rapid development of needed armored vehicles for troops in Iraq.

But instead of buying off-the-shelf armored vehicles, the Marines instead chose an MRAP made from blast-hardened M1114 vehicles, known as up-armored Humvees.

The up-armored Humvee program had already been in the works, and in fact was the highest priority for the Corps at the time – almost a year before Gayl went public with his charges to the future VP and the always-compliant Democrat-controlled ‘mainstream’ media.

The phony data was pushed by Biden and other Democrats, who then sought to muzzle the Corps into not challenging the false accounts by Gayl and Biden. The phony data also lead to a boondoggle for the Pentagon: A $45 billion program to procure tens of thousands of armored vehicles for troops that turned out to be no better at protecting them than the up-armored M1114’s:

Many of these facts about the MRAP debate were buried under an avalanche of Democratic Party criticism orchestrated, according to the report, by Biden.

The entire story is here.

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