Joe Biden: Deceitful or Demented?

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark A. Milley; Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, and Central Command leader, Marine Corps General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. testify before the House Armed Services Committee, September 29, 2021. Pentagon photo by Chad J. McNeeley.

Is Joe Biden a congenital liar, or is he simply in desperate need of memory care?

Either option is disturbing, but it’s one or the other after recent Capitol Hill testimony by America’s top military leaders who were grilled before congressional oversight panels. 

These warriors’ remarks last Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee could not have contrasted more with Biden’s claim that no one ever advised him to leave a modest deployment of American GIs as control rods within the veritable atomic pile that is Afghanistan.

George Stephanopolous of ABC News spoke with Biden on August 18, as pandemonium reigned in Kabul:

STEPHANOPOULOS: But your top military advisors warned against withdrawing on this timeline. They wanted you to keep about 2,500 troops.

BIDEN: No, they didn’t. It was split. Tha– that wasn’t true. That wasn’t true.

STEPHANOPOULOS: They didn’t tell you that they wanted troops to stay?

BIDEN: No. Not at — not in terms of whether we were going to get out in a timeframe all troops. They didn’t argue against that.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So no one told — your military advisors did not tell you, “No, we should just keep 2,500 troops. It’s been a stable situation for the last several years. We can do that. We can continue to do that”?

BIDEN: No. No one said that to me that I can recall.

So, Biden repeatedly and definitively claimed that the top brass never urged him to keep 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan, to prevent the exact bedlam that erupted after American GIs began to decamp ahead of Biden’s order to withdraw by August 31.  

Not so fast! replied Biden’s leading military advisors and his Pentagon chief.

These current and former generals said that they would not disclose their private counsel to the commander-in-chief. Immediately after those disclaimers, they disclosed their private counsel to the commander-in-chief.

“I don’t discuss exactly what my conversations are with the sitting president in the Oval Office,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Milley, told the senators. “But I can tell you what my personal opinion was, and I am always candid.”

Milley added: “My assessment was, back in the fall of 2020, and remained consistent throughout, that we should keep a steady state of 2,500, and it could bounce up to 3,500, maybe, something like that, in order to move toward a negotiated solution.” 

“I won’t share my personal recommendation to the president, but I will give you my honest opinion, and my honest opinion and view shaped my recommendation,” said Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie, head of Central Command and supervisor of US forces in Afghanistan. “I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.” 

McKenzie also forecast the dire repercussions of ignoring his conclusions: “My view is that 2,500 was an appropriate number to remain, and that if we went below that number, in fact, we would probably witness a collapse of the Afghan government and the Afghan military.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III, a former Army general, verified that Biden heard Milley and McKenzie loud and clear. Austin told Senator Tom Cotton (R – Arkansas), “Their input was received by the president and considered by the president, for sure. In terms of what they specifically recommended, senator, as they just said, they’re not going to provide what they recommended in confidence.”

So, once, twice, three times these top national-security figures hurled Biden beneath the bus. This was highly unusual, if not utterly unprecedented.

Did the President of the United States flat-out lie to the American people about this life-and-death matter, perhaps to cover up his horrible and deadly decision to remove these troops, despite high-level contrary advice? Or did these supremely vital conversations simply slide off of Joe Biden’s faltering brain, like fried eggs across hot Teflon?

Either way, America is in deep trouble.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

    1. One is not exclusive of the other – person can be both at the same time and I suspect Biden is. Many people with dementia or Alzheimer’s become deceptive and deceitful. They live in a different reality and are generally quite paranoid.

      1. I took care of my husband with dementia for years and they do become paranoid, deceptive and deceitful. They also have a short fuse and will become irritated very easily and some even violent. This president is a threat to our National Security for sure.

        1. If our media treated Biden the way they treated Trump, he would have a stroke or some really strong medical attacks. Notice how he never answers questions just walks off platform, while they yell questions at him. This never happened when President Trump appeared before the media.

    2. yes, but a liar up to this very second; and a fraud like Obama who is pulling his strings with Susan Rice. TREASON: HANG them high!

    3. Biden was given the green light by the press/media. If Obama could get away with habitual lies for 8 years, then hound Trump for 4 years, questioning everything and making him look bad in all that they could. Now it’s back to the green light for Biden picking up where Obama left off and getting away with more.
      Obama was smart/shrewd. What we have now is a dope/imbecile.

      1. Coleen, no one dislikes all Democrats more than I, and especially Biden who has been worthless for his entire political career, but he was quite a handsome man until the last few years when he has aged terribly.

        1. You mean the “receeded hair line and big ears was handsome, then his smart mouth took away all appeal, IMO

  1. Joe Biden has always been known to be Dishonest!
    Even about silly things!
    He claimed he was at the Synagogue that was terrorized!
    Why lie about such a matter??
    He claimed he was at the top of hiss Law class on Graduation!
    He was at very low end of the class!

  2. Biden is both, a demented, deceitful $h_t always has been and had many people fooled just like #44. When 44 got in office, after 4 yrs. we witnessed the un-American things he was pulling where we worked in aerospace and defense! I am 100% sure both men hate America so off-shore both!

  3. “Is Joe Biden deceitful or demented?” The short answer is YES. The longer answer is Biden is as crazy as a s**thouse rat and does not possess the ability to tell the truth.

  4. I think when Joe was growing up he must have had a trip to the woodshed every time he told the truth so he can’t stop lying now.

  5. He is a habitual liar and very deceitful as he has always been. He is one pathetic piece of work. The man in 36+ years has done nothing to help our USA. Accomplishments none.

  6. Ooops Biden did have on accomplishment: He and his criminal democrats cheated my President Trump out of his win of the 2020 election. He is a thief, and evil criminal.

    1. Oh yes the “perfect Democrat election”. This made me laugh. A company in Wisconsin found that in Rock County there were 8555 registered voters who were 124+ years old. Wonder who opened their graves so they could vote? Also there were 900 persons with the same telephone number. And a very gleeful thing. A poll showed that a LOT of people wish Trump was president.

    1. You forgot to add EXTREMELY WEALTHY from all of his years in politics. Countries around the World were complaining about the money laundering tactics of Son Hunter.

  7. Comments here are solid. I’d say he was the dumbest kid in Delaware, dumbest and most dishonest in college, least competent in congress, shadiest and most deviant as number two. All those were consolidated in the IIC (Imbecile-In-Chief) and now he’s barely able to read a teleprompter and absolutely long past onset dementia.

    Our nation is way beyond the point that it should have ejected this flotsam and learn to live with an emergency head for another month. State legislators should be directed to elect a temporary president and commissioned to clean up the filth that now sullies the electoral system. It worked fine without mailers for two centuries.

      1. Check out the records for our Congress.. They are no slouches for being Communists and corrupt and some even have criminal records. It seems they come to Congress broke and leave after a lifetime of insider trading extremely wealthy.. Insider trading has jailed many U.S. A. citizens but it is o.k. for our RULING CLASS.

  8. The President is always lying about anything and everything. He is a liar, but not a very good one, he always gets caught. This time the people he said didn’t tell him ain’t taking the blame for his mess up. This mess is on Biden’s shoulders alone. Bear it Mr. President of the Democrates cause you ain’t no President to the Republic party that knew you before you cheated to into office.

  9. The question was asked incorrectly. It should be: is Joe Biden deceitful AND demented. And the answer is a definitive, YES!

  10. The question is: Is Biden deceitful or demented? BOTH!! During his time in Congress, it wasn’t unusual for Biden to lie…he had the habit of “making up stuff” that didn’t happen. I think the reason was: he wanted center stage!! As for being demented, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT HE’S OFF HIS ROCKER! so no need to ask this question!! (P.S. — I am keeping my fingers crossed that Biden AND Harris AND Pelosi will make unexpected and PERMANENT departures from the White House and Congress BEFORE the 2022 election! And I hope they take Biden’s corrupt and sleezy puppet-masters with them!! THEN we can clear the way for Donald Trump to continue where he left off!!

  11. Although I don’t know Joe Biden, It seems to me that he is suffering more from dementia than any desire to be deceitful! I could be wrong, but that’s how I see him!

  12. “IF YOU LIKE YOU’RE DOCTOR… YOU CAN KEEP YOUR DOCTOR”. Lying is a prerequisite for a DNC membership! … wake up America!

    1. I wrote an article above your article all true and vetted. It is now awaiting their approval.. I thought this was a conservative site–guess I am incorrect. I believe that Joe and Bernie Sanders committed to Joe taking the presidency and Bernie writing all of the Budget bills.. This is Bernie’s time and with these taxation bills that give free college, child care, free elder care and Amnesty,, Medicare for all with free dental and eye care, 80 to 90 K new IRS agents and Janet Yellen wanting a check for $600.00 and up scrutinized in anyone’s checking account.. Will the political class be exempted from all of these Highly controlling Laws and Rules that will come with such tight control of a population?. This much control is NOT COMMUNISM LIGHT.

  13. He’s a prolific liar and has been his whole life. he’s lying was raised to an art form under Obummer;s tutelage. You know when a democrat is lying? Their lips move…

  14. The answer is easy, He is both therefore he is a deceitful liar the worse kind. My Grandmother use to tell my mother I was mean as a child but she said he is bold mean he will do something and then say yes I did it what are you going to do about it, as opposed to sneaky mean. Well there you have it Biden is a sneaky liar which makes him sneaky mean to our country ad our well being.

  15. “….that I can recall.”

    That is commonly known as the “OUT”. Comey used the OUT over 200 times in sworn testimony and HillDog used it three dozen times and deleted 33,000 emails off her private unsecured illegal server.

    Nothing to see here…move along.

  16. I believe when three generals say the same thing that they can be trusted and not the old senile LIAR BIDEN who they call the POTUS! GOD ,please, help us all if this LIAR stays in office for three more years!

  17. Hidenbiden,is a sick,pathetic,egotistic,disgraceful,demented,perverted,embarrassing,humiliating, human being. He also was just caught plagerizing, again like he has for 50 yrs, who said build back better, check it out, he had stolen it from b clinton, during Haiti earthquake, this incompetent, nincompoop can’t do anything on his own, has to steal everything from someone else.pos

  18. Biden is a product of the system and we are all the reason for what this is happening – If we weren’t asleep at the wheel and stayed involved – guys like Biden wouldn’t survive – I see all your belly aching and no one is looking at the people responsible -So if you really want to change things – get involved in your towns politics – get involved with a real church where God really is and they don’t bend a knee to the Government because GOD is the Ultimate Authority= Biden and all establishment politicians need a stake driven through their hearts –

  19. Biden’s to dumb to tie his own shoes. Let alone his Memory loss. But the Biggest problem most people doesn’t see. Is the real Muslim Terrorist Leader that is Destroying our Country. That is OBAMA

    1. The puppet masters behind the curtain pulling Joe’s strings and writing what appears on Joe’s teleprompters. Obama/ Rice


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