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The White House / Pete Souza

Biden, Clinton Sure Remember The Bin Laden Raid Differently

Vice President Joe Biden's most recent account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden differs sharply from a previous version of events.

By Elizabeth Hagedorn | October 20, 2015

The night President Obama approved the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Hillary Clinton gave the green light. Joe Biden didn’t. Or so the story goes. 

"I was the one that recommended to him we go ahead with the operation," Clinton said in August 2015. 

Clinton said as much in her memoir "Hard Choices." adding that Biden "remained skeptical" when she pushed for the raid.

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But now, this from the vice president: “As we walked out of the room and walked upstairs, I told him my opinion, that I thought he should go but follow his own instincts,” Joe Biden said at George Washington University. 

What’s interesting about this is Biden’s recent account seems to not only contradict HIllary Clinton’s but his own. 

An 2012 ABC report quoted him telling House Democrats, “Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go.” 

There was no mention of a private conversation with Obama.

Biden’s original version of the story would would fit with what we know about the vice president.

At least compared to Clinton, he’s generally considered — when it comes to foreign policy — to be more cautious.

While Secretary of State, Clinton also advocated U.S. intervention in Libya and adding more troops in Afghanistan — both of which Biden opposed. (Video via U.S. Department of StateU.S. Department of Defense

Now, if you’re wondering what the White House has to say about all this, it’s staying out of it. 

“I am going to leave the dissection and the oral history of those days to those who were actually there,” Earnest said.

This video includes an image from Getty Images. 

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