A Gold Star family was so angry over a 2016 conversation with then-Vice President Joe Biden that the thought of violence crossed the mind of the grieving father.
At the center of the family’s angst was a compliment that Biden was said to have paid the widow of Army Pfc. Tyler Iubelt, 20, who was killed by a suicide bomber at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, the Washington Examiner reported.
“He told my daughter-in-law… that she was too pretty for this to happen to her,” the soldier’s father, Mike Iubelt, said. “It’s probably a good thing that he was surrounded by Secret Service, probably for both of us, because I’d probably be locked up in jail right now.”
But that wasn’t the only issue the family took with Biden’s remarks that day.
“It was a horrible conversation, it was a horrible experience,” Iubelt said of their interaction with the vice president. “I left there feeling worse than I did before he walked through the doors.”
His son was killed in a bombing carried out by an Afghan national who worked for a U.S. defense contractor, the newspaper noted. A total of four people were killed and another 17 wounded in an attack the Taliban claimed responsibility for.
Sgt. John Perry, 30, was also killed in the attack. Perry was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant and awarded the Bronze Star.
And just minutes before the dignified transfer of their son’s remains, three days after his death, Biden reportedly expressed pessimism about the war in Afghanistan.
“Well, unfortunately, they’re a 14th-century country, they don’t want us there, they’re never going to change,” Biden said, according to the fallen soldier’s mother, Charlotte Loquasto.
The family was stunned into silence.
“That statement was so impactful that, again, silence in the group,” Loquasto told the Examiner. “You just don’t know how to respond.”
The mother said Biden’s remark came after she asked what could be done to prevent future attacks like the one that killed her son.
“He’s second in line, he could potentially be our leader any day and he doesn’t even know why we’re there,” she said.
Loquasto was also critical of Biden’s compliment to her daughter-in-law, who had recently given birth to a daughter.
“It wasn’t the right time, but heck, I make mistakes all the time,” she said. “It was not comforting, it was creepy.”
The incident also left Loquasto more convinced that corruption is a play in the war on terror.
“If they can’t provide a why, if we already know that they’re going to self-destruct,” she explained, “then there has to be a financial tie to our purpose that they’re not willing to share with the public.”
Mike Iubelt was more concerned with Biden not being able to explain the policies in place at the time that resulted in his son fighting in Afghanistan.
“Why would they send our kids, our military, over to a situation to where there’s no out, there’s no end?” Iubelt said. “There’s nothing good that’s going to come out of it, according to Joe Biden.”
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