Our genius Vice-President just said this:
"You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that [bin Laden] was there," said Biden, in Morris Township, New Jersey, according to a White House pool report.
Wow. That's weapons-grade stupid. Don't take this as diminishing the fine work that our special operations folks do, but "not knowing for certain" whether your target is there doesn't exactly make the operation "audacious". Our special forces do stuff like this all the time.
Also, going back 500 years? What the hell is that all about? I'm not a historian, but here are just a few military operations from the last 500 years that qualify as more "audacious". These are just off the top of my head:
- Washington's Crossing of the Delaware: George Washington deciding to cross the Delaware in tiny boats in the dead of winter to ambush a superior force on Christmas and turn the tide of the war. By the way, Biden was only about 50 miles from this site when he decided to make his grand pronouncement.
- The Battle of Cowpens: General Daniel Morgan's instructions to the militia to only fire two volleys and leaving his flanks exposed to invite a head on assault from the British.
- Bonhomme Richard vs. HMS Serapis: John Paul Jones took on a much larger, more heavily armed, more maneuverable, and more disciplined crew thousands of miles across the ocean and proved that the British could be beaten through sheer force of his own will. For all you history buffs, this is the battle where Jones famously quipped, "I've not yet begun to fight."
- Normandy Invasion by the Allies: Hi, ever heard of me? Just slightly under 7,000 vessels were used in this attack on Hitler's Fortress Europa. This could be broken down into smaller operations and the list could go on forever.
- The Doolittle Raiders: Using bombers off the deck of an aircraft carrier had never been done before, and they had to take off early, making it a virtual suicide mission. Audacious? You bet your ass.
- Pearl Harbor: Hey, the Japanese Navy came all the way across the Pacific in stealth mode to pull off one of the biggest surprise attacks in the history of warfare. Bad results for the USA, but it definitely qualifies as audacious.
- The Battle of the Bulge: Patton took his 3rd Army, pulled them off the front lines, made a 90-degree turn to the north in the dead of winter, and engaged the German Army, relieving the 101st Airborne, who's refusal to surrender Bastogne could probably make the list independently.
- The Battle of Chancellorsville: Robert E. Lee went against all prevailing military theory of the time by dividing his forces in the face of a numerically superior opponent (The Confederate forces were outnumbered more than 2:1 at the outset). Lee divides his forces and sends Jackson on a 12 mile flanking maneuver to come up behind the Union troops. Probably an example of Lee's most perfect battle. Audacity to spare, my friend.
I just came up with this list in 15 minutes. I know that VP Biden wants to brag about his accomplishments, but man...what a dopey thing to say.
Bless his heart, Joe Biden is a moron.