In January 2020, shortly after a US drone attack killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is designated as a terrorist group, presidential candidate Joe Biden said Trump had brought the country “dangerously close” to war.
According to CBS News, Biden stated, “No one wants war.” Trump’s strategy, on the other hand, was “dangerously incompetent,” with the potential to “explode geopolitics in the region.”
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As a result, even though we didn’t desire war, it may come “by mistake.”
Joe Biden says President Donald Trump's escalation of tensions with Iran proves him to be "dangerously incompetent" and puts the U.S. on the brink of war https://t.co/IrNHrXyMvB pic.twitter.com/HXlAT0UmeX
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 7, 2020
Given the COVID-19 pandemic that swept the world just weeks after Biden made these statements, it’s possible that we all missed the war with Iran that followed. It’s possible it got missed in the news shuffle; after all, CNN only had 24 hours to go after the Trump administration, and it’d be difficult to fit a war with Iran into that.
Perhaps Joe Biden is a man who does and says a lot of things “on the spur of the moment.”
Whatever it was, Biden said we’d waged a war against Iran when appearing in North Carolina to promote the COVID vaccine on Thursday, despite the reality that we haven’t.
According to the New York Post, Biden stated, “We lost 600,000 dead in America in about a year.”
The remark came hours after a weird White House press conference in which he mumbled at reporters and chuckled after being reminded to mention the condominium collapse in Shoreside, Florida. It also comes after a campaign and presidency marked by bizarre events that cast doubt on Biden’s mental health.
Why does President Biden randomly break out into a whisper? The man seems to be losing his mind.pic.twitter.com/attFP3iwBD
— Katie Daviscourt🇺🇸 (@KatieDaviscourt) June 25, 2021
Joe Biden laughs about needing to be reminded to address the tragedy in Florida pic.twitter.com/fZr0fqzDnC
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 24, 2021
The New York Post speculated that Biden was referring to the eight Americans killed in 1980 when two helicopters collided while attempting to rescue Americans during the Iranian hostage crisis. However, more people have perished in genuine invasions than during the hostage rescue mission (19 in the 1983 invasion of Grenada and 40 in the 1989 invasion of Panama).
It’s also possible that he meant Afghanistan and was simply correcting himself when he brought up the situation a few seconds later. However, clarifications always clarify — and in this case, you might just as easily claim Biden forgot we were fighting in Afghanistan, just as he forgot we weren’t fighting in Iran.
And there’s the issue that, no matter why Biden brought it up, he’s right: COVID-19 has killed more people than our battles with Iran, Uzbekistan, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Freedonia, and the moon combined.
Given how frequently gaffery strikes Biden, the most likely explanation is that it was a point of contention that came to mind during a section of his speech when he wasn’t looking at the teleprompter and he stated it.
Whatever the reason, it didn’t impress social media users, especially because it came just hours after the strange performance at the White House press conference.
Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? When did we have a war with Iran? https://t.co/nHX0Ss4BQx
— Aging In Place (@advisorrob) June 25, 2021
The sad part is that damage management isn’t required; the media is content to pretend the problem doesn’t exist. Meanwhile, the predicted attack against Tehran seemed to have slipped under the radar during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Believe me, I looked it up on Google.)
It’s worth mentioning, though, that the Biden administration is still attempting to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal, which the Trump administration took us out of. That accord, struck during the Obama administration, did nothing to halt Tehran’s building of conventional weapons or proxy wars overseas, and only pushed the issue of nuclear weapons development a decade down the road.