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Joe Biden invoking his son Beau's death shows how out of touch he is with the consequences of his decisions as commander-in-chief

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02.09.2021

One of the toughest jobs a president of the United States has is his role as commander-in-chief. Ordering the men and women who wear the uniform of the US military, and who have taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, into harm’s way is no small thing.

This task is only exceeded by the need to explain this decision to the people and, more importantly, to the families and loved ones, following the death of one or more service members while carrying out the president’s orders.

Joe Biden was called upon to carry out this daunting task when, on August 26, a suicide bomber took the lives of 13 US servicemembers while they were processing Afghan civilians as part of the evacuation out of Kabul, ordered by him on August 12. In a televised address to the nation, Biden praised the 13 fallen servicemembers as “heroes who have been engaged in a dangerous, selfless mission to save the lives of others.”

The president then invoked the memory of his dead son, Beau, without mentioning his name. “Being the father of an Army major,” Biden said, “who served for a year in Iraq and, before that, was in Kosovo as a US attorney for the better part of six months in the middle of a war... when he came home after a year in Iraq, he was diagnosed, like many, many coming home, with an aggressive and lethal cancer of the brain... who we lost.” Beau Biden served in the Delaware National Guard where, in 2008-2009, he deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer.

During his campaign for president in 2020, Biden often spoke of his son’s military service. One of the more memorable occasions came in September 2020, when The Atlantic published an explosive article accusing then-President Trump of calling fallen US servicemembers “losers and suckers” (many details of The Atlantic’s story have since been debunked.)

Joe Biden was quick to attack Trump, again using Beau’s service as a foil. “When my son volunteered and joined the United States military as the attorney general and went to Iraq for a year, won the Bronze Star and other commendations, he wasn’t a sucker,” Joe Biden responded, adding: “The servicemen and women he served with, particularly those who did not come home, were not ‘losers’.”

In an interview with ABC News that aired on August 20, Joe Biden again brought up Beau’s service. When asked why the US could not have withdrawn from Afghanistan with dignity, Biden invoked Beau’s service in a manner which sought to equate........

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