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When the news broke that President Biden had been keeping classified data in unsecured areas (such as his garage), there was a great hue and cry among the chattering classes. There shouldn’t have been.
This was far from the first time that Joe has displayed a lackadaisical attitude toward the security of this nation. It was also far from the worst.
In his book, The First Family Detail, ex-Secret Service agent Ronald Kessler told of the problems the agency encountered while attempting to guard Biden when he was the vice president. By far, the worst of the problems was trying to convince Joe of his duties concerning the nuclear “football.”
Some people do not realize that the vice president, like the president, is required to keep the “football,” which contains the launch codes for our nation’s nuclear force, in very close proximity. Without these codes, our forces would be unable to launch our missiles in case we were attacked.
As in the case of the president, a military aide carrying the football is assigned to be with the vice president at all times. It has been this way since 1956, when President Eisenhower initiated the system.
However, good old Joe didn’t see it that way; at least while he was home in Wilmington (which was virtually every weekend). As Agent Kessler described it:
Biden specifically ordered the Secret Service control vehicle, which holds the military aide and a doctor in case the vice president needs emergency medical treatment, to follow at least a mile behind his limousine … as a result the agents were forced to separate vital assets from the vice president in Wilmington when he was motoring around. The agents were told, ‘Don’t come near us, don’t let us see you, the vice president doesn’t want to see you’.
And what was the reason for this unforgivable breach in security? Because Biden wanted to maintain his image back home as a “regular Joe.”
So, because of Biden’s incredible vanity, this nation would have been helpless in case President Obama had been put out of action and an enemy had decided to launch a surprise nuclear attack. Is it really any surprise that Biden leaves highly classified documents lying in his garage?
In a sense, I suppose that Biden has been no different from others in the Democratic Party (Hillary Clinton, Sandy Berger, etc.). However, I do hope that politicians will learn how to handle classified information in the same manner that those in our armed forces are expected to every day.Published in