Poor Joe and Beau
The image of Joe (checking his watch) while standing on the tarmac during the transfer of the last 13 soldiers lost in Afghanistan, is burned into my memory. In a rare moment, Biden’s actions spoke the truth.
I have a unique connection to those parents who’ve experienced the instantaneous vacuum and extreme sorrow of surviving a son or daughter. Where pride, joy, and unconditional love remain forever, so too, does the vast cavern. I won’t repeat Joe’s mistake by saying any more about me because this is about thirteen heroes and their families.
After the transfer home and Joe’s obvious detachment, there were reports that many family members of the Heroic 13 refused to meet with the man that caused their pain, and it’s completely understandable. But there were family members, who, despite their loss and anger, decided to see the man face to face. I can only imagine the experience; somewhat like confronting the murder of your child in a courtroom, after an acquittal.
Of those that decided to hear what the Commander-in-Chief (by name only) had to say, it’s been reported that the experience was disappointing. Joe said little about the heroes who lost their lives, and instead, spoke a lot about his son Beau (a Bronze Star recipient). I found that curious and wondered if Beau was a hero too. So I decided to do a little research.
While actual Gold Star families lost loved ones in battle, Joe and Jill lost their son to cancer. True, cancer is a battle and a horror all its own, but it isn’t service-related. Joe was on the tarmac to honor heroes and later met with grieving family members to comfort their loss, not his.
Joe is always eager to point out that his son was a decorated soldier. I assumed the Bronze Star was evidence of Beau’s bravery. Though, I don’t remember any campaign speeches or fellow soldiers speaking publically of specific deeds. And if you think about it, I seriously doubt anyone in politics named Biden would be able to keep heroics like that a secret. So I kept digging.
As is usual, my research showed that Joe and his son Beau, in true Biden form, come up more than a little short. Without going into a long, drawn-out explanation, officers deployed to an area of conflict are routinely awarded a Bronze Star for demonstrating valor, merit, and achievement. Beau spent one year in Iraq serving as an officer in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. I wasn’t able to find out any specifics as to what he did to earn the BS (Bronze Star) other than show up. But I was able to find out that he remained the Delaware Attorney General (AG), while at the same time serving as a JAG officer in Iraq. Which job do you think he was truly dedicated to?
I understand that military service is honorable at any level, but do you seriously think that our woke military would ever put one of their own: a serving AG and JAG lawyer anywhere near an active front line—especially, a Vice-President’s son? NO! I doubt that Beau ever had to fire a rifle except during basic training. The woke brass did nothing but cheapen an honored military award meant for those who demonstrate (I know I’m repeating this) exceptional valor, merit, and achievement. I couldn’t find any documentation as to which of these criteria Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden, III satisfied. After stripping away the platitudes and superficially grandiose complements of people like Gen. Ray Odierno (his commanding officer), there’s nothing of substance you can point to, not a single thing.
So back to my original curiosity—Did Joe have just another lapse in judgment, a brain-fart, a temporary lack of compassion and decorum during his conversations with grieving family members? Or was there an underlying method to his madness; an agenda all his own, meant to draw an analogy between true heroes that gave all, and his son Beau who gave some (the documentation is lacking as to how much some really is).
In a rare instance, The Washington Post initially got it right when they issued a statement criticizing Joe Biden for his insensitivity to the families of the Heroic 13. Focusing on Beau was inappropriate. But then, the WP retracted the statement by saying something to the effect that Joe still mourns too.
If you live long enough, we all suffer loss. The focus is the here and now, not the past. Our heroes and their families deserve much more than Joe.
PS – Just like the time-check faux pas, the truth about the Biden Clan leaks out every so often. All we have to do as Americans is look for it, and see it for what it is—fact. But then, we have to act. It’s the least we can do for those who serve.
By the way, where’s Hunter’s laptop?