Vice President Joe Biden misstated the number of troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan by 47,000 at a Veterans Day event today at Arlington National Cemetery.
“Every day for the last six years, I ask my staff early in the morning to contact the Department of Defense to get a detailed report of the number of troops deployed, the number wounded, and the number killed. Not a general number; the exact number every day,” said the vice president. “Because for every one of those warriors there’s an entire family, extended family, back in America that has bled or is bleeding.”
Biden continued, “As of this morning, U.S. troops died in Iraq and Afghanistan: 6,703; troops wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan: 5,168.”
The vice president is correct to say 6,703 troops have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Department of Defense numbers.
But the second in command misstates the number wounded by 47,000. In fact, 52,168 troops have been wounded in these wars.
Biden’s remarks today at Arlington National Cemetary were to mark Veterans Day.
Biden obviously misread the number but it’s a little bit hard to believe that someone who implores to us that he checks “EVERY DAY” on these numbers could make such a mistake and not catch it, after all we would expect the Second-In-Command to be intimately aware that tens of thousands of troops have been injured in these wars. So we checked the entire speech to see if he ever did catch it. He never corrected himself. Does make us question how sincere he is in his concern for our troops despite his…….rhetoric?
Full Audio of Biden’s Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTkx4eMWxNo#t=37 He begins speaking at 59:30 and makes the gaffe around 1:06