Sunday, August 24, 2008

Foreign Policy in Focus: Biden, Iraq, and Obama's Betrayal

I was a fan of Biden's and this piece from Foreign Policy in Focus explains why.
Rather than being a hapless victim of the Bush administration’s lies and manipulation, Biden was calling for a U.S. invasion of Iraq and making false statements regarding Saddam Hussein’s supposed possession of “weapons of mass destruction” years before President George W. Bush even came to office.

As far back as 1998, Biden was calling for a U.S. invasion of that oil rich country. Even though UN inspectors and the UN-led disarmament process led to the elimination of Iraq’s WMD threat, Biden – in an effort to discredit the world body and make an excuse for war – insisted that UN inspectors could never be trusted to do the job. During Senate hearings on Iraq in September of that year, Biden told Ritter, “As long as Saddam’s at the helm, there is no reasonable prospect you or any other inspector is ever going to be able to guarantee that we have rooted out, root and branch, the entirety of Saddam’s program relative to weapons of mass destruction.”

Calling for military action on the scale of the Gulf War seven years earlier, he continued, “The only way we’re going to get rid of Saddam Hussein is we’re going to end up having to start it alone,” telling the Marine veteran “it’s going to require guys like you in uniform to be back on foot in the desert taking Saddam down.”
I didn't think Biden or Clinto saying anything false about Saddam back in 1998 and it's a big reason why I voted Gore-Lieberman back in 2000. Bush's jokes about his smarts seemed way to flip and easily misunderstood once translated into Arabic. FPIF feels betrayed by Obama. I was a Democrat who felt betrayed by Biden. What a pair of Dems to have leading the ticket.

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