‘I Do Not Believe The United States Has An Obligation’: Biden, Circa 1975, Argued Against Evacuating Vietnamese Refugees

President Joe Biden authorized $500 million in financing for the evacuation of Afghans on Tuesday, despite his opposition as a young senator to assisting in the evacuation of South Vietnamese refugees. Moreover, The US helped thousands of South Vietnamese people leaving the nation in 1975 as the North Vietnamese marched into Saigon. Numerous citizens of these countries had links to the United States. Moreover, according to the Atlantic, when President Gerald Ford requested funding to evacuate 2,500 American citizens and their families and about 175,000 refugees, Democratic Delaware Senator Joe Biden was one of the most vociferous opponents.

However, on April 14, 1975, at a meeting between the president and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden showed his unhappiness by saying that he felt insulted by being handed an all-or-nothing number. He further added that he would vote for whatever sum gets the Americans out of the country, and he didn’t want it to become synonymous with expelling the Vietnamese. Moreover, Ford stated that America’s tradition is to love the oppressed. In statements made a week later, the president repeated his position by saying that he does not believe that the United States has a moral or other obligation to remove foreign nationals.

Biden reaffirmed his position on the subject in 2012 when he spoke at the funeral of the late Democratic Senator from South Dakota, George McGovern. He stated that it was concluded that their presence would be unable to be maintained. Following that, helicopters dropped from the skies five weeks later. However, Biden refused to take any blame. He has been forbidden to own up to the entire debacle stating that this has nothing to do with me.