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Biden's Advice to Obama on Osama bin Laden Raid: "Don't Go"

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Vice President Biden is admitting that he tried to talk President Obama out of giving the go-ahead for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

ABC News reports that speaking at a Democratic congressional retreat this weekend, Biden said that the day before the raid, Obama gathered his top advisers and asked them if he thought the mission should proceed.

"Every single person in that room hedged their bet except Leon Panetta. Leon said go. Everyone else said, 49, 51," Biden said. Panetta is now the Defense Secretary but was CIA Director at the time of the raid.

When it was Biden's turn, he expressed doubts that bin Laden was in that compound in Abbottabad.

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"He got to me. He said, 'Joe, what do you think?' And I said, 'You know, I didn't know we had so many economists around the table.' I said, 'We owe the man a direct answer. Mr. President, my suggestion is, don't go. We have to do two more things to see if he's there.'"

Biden did not say what those "two more things" were, but Obama obviously went ahead with what turned out to be a successful mission.

"He knew what was at stake, not just the lives of those brave warriors, but literally the presidency," Biden said.