About that rescue in 2008

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Another example of historical fact being downright pesky.  From the London Daily Mail:

What about the time I rescued YOU? Erik Prince reminds Joe Biden of when he saved him from the Taliban as White House criticizes the Blackwater chief for charging $6,500 for seat on Afghanistan evacuation flight

    • Erik Prince, 52, spoke to Tucker Carlson on Wednesday for his Fox Nation show
    • It was unclear when the interview was recorded but Carlson did not reference the $6,500 evacuation flights from Afghanistan that Prince is reportedly staging
    • Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, on Wednesday said that Prince - an ex-Navy SEAL - was seeking to profit from 'pain and agony'
    • Prince told Carlson how, in 2008, Biden's helicopter in Afghanistan made an emergency landing in the snow and his contractors rescued him
    • A blog detailing the account features contradictory claims of who was actually responsible for rescuing Biden, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel
    • U.S. military were present along with Blackwater contractors, it appears from the comments - although both sides dispute the other's role in the rescue

The founder of controversial private military contractor Blackwater, who sparked a furious reaction on Wednesday with his $6,500 evacuation flights from Kabul, has told how his men helped to rescue Joe Biden from Afghanistan in 2008 when his helicopter made an emergency landing.

Dramatis personae:

Biden was the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the time of the February 2008 rescue, and was plucked to safety alongside John Kerry, then a senator for Massachusetts; and Chuck Hagel, then a senator for Nebraska, from the country.

And the incident:

'They were on a congressional visit to Afghanistan in the winter and the U.S. Army helicopter got lost in a snowstorm and sat down in Taliban territory on the side of a mountain,' Prince told Carlson.

'U.S. military launched a ground convoy to get them and they got lost.

'And the Blackwater guys launched and we did not get lost and we rescued them from Taliban territory. That was the winter of '08.'

Carlson asked: 'Are they grateful?'

Prince replied: 'You would think so, but no. I didn't get a Christmas card - I have yet to. In their office they thanked the U.S. military.

'It was veteran contractors, doing their job, once again.'

Not familiar with what Mr. Hagel has done but Biden and Kerry could have enjoyed a Pinochet express and the world would be much better off for it.

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