by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A super PAC supporting former vice president Joe Biden has unveiled its first television ad of the 2020 cycle. The ad, titled “Courage,” attempts to highlight the Democratic frontrunner’s record of resilience in the face of adversity.
Regrettably, the ad fails to mention some of the most quintessentially courageous acts of Biden’s career. If the Unite the Country PAC had more than 30 seconds to make its case, one can assume it would have included the following:
STOOD UP FOR SEGREGATIONISTS
“Apologize for what?” Biden said earlier this year after Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) called on him to apologize for boasting about his past collaborations with segregationist Democrats. …
… VOTED AGAINST THE PERSIAN GULF WAR
“Even if you win today, you still lose,” then-senator Biden declared in remarks directed at President George H. W. Bush on the eve of Operation Desert Storm in January 1991. By the end of February, coalition forces from more than 30 countries had succeeded in driving Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait and obliterated the Iraqi military. Biden flip-flopped in 2002, joining Sen. Hillary Clinton (D., N.Y.) and other Democrats to authorize the use of military force against Iraq under President George W. Bush.
OPPOSED THE MISSION TO KILL BIN LADEN
“Mr. President, my suggestion is don’t go,” Biden reportedly told President Barack Obama when asked to weigh in on the 2011 special forces raid that resulted in the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.