Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked on Tuesday two of the most important questions concerning the cover up of the previously missing Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his secret ICU hospitalization. At a White House briefing with John Kirby, Doocy asked “Why should we believe anything that this administration tells us about anything ever again?”
“I think we all recognize, and I think the Pentagon has been very, very honest with themselves about … uh … the um … the challenge to credibility by what has transpired here and by what … and by … uh … uh … how … how … how hard it was for them to be fully transparent with the American people. We all recognize that this didn’t unfold the way it should have.”
Doocy followed up with:
“But if the administration is going to go to such great lengths to keep secrets about the defense secretary’s health, how can anybody be certain that the administration would not go to the same lengths to keep secret problems with President Biden’s health in the future?”
“If you could logically argue — and you can’t — but if you could logically argue —”
“If — if — the administration made some sort of Machiavellian effort across the board to keep this from getting public, then I think your question has merit and certainly is a fair one. I don’t think it’s a fair one because that’s not what happened here.”
Doocy’s question is very relevant since Biden gets lost on stage, gaffes are a constant concern, and the fact that Joe Biden is an habitual liar. It is obvious even to the most casual observer that Biden’s brain seems to be in neutral almost all of the time and that is not good if you are the president.
Austin did not immediately disclose his Jan. 1 hospitalization with his staff for several days. He underwent an elective medical procedure to treat a urinary tract infection on Dec. 22, and then entered the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Jan. 1 after suffering from “severe pain.”
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., who is not in the chain of command, learned of his hospitalization on Jan. 2, and the Department of Defense (DOD) did not notify key White House leaders until Jan. 4.
“John, what kind of Commander-in-Chief is President Biden that at a time when American forces are under fire in the Middle East, he can go days without knowing that his defense secretary is in a hospital bed?” Doocy asked.
“Peter, there’s a lot to your question, so I want you to bear with me for just a second,” Kirby answered. “First of all, at no time was the ability of the United States military to defend our national security interest compromised. At no time was the Commander-in-Chief not always in command and control of our military forces around the world. And over the course of those days, we did take military action.”
Kirby said Biden is “on top” of the issues taking place in the Middle East, specifically pointing to the approval of a U.S. airstrike that killed a senior military commander in Iraq who is blamed for the recent attacks on U.S. forces in the region and the striking down of drones in the Red Sea to protect U.S. national security interests.