Biden on Iraq
Ahead of tonight’s vice presidential debate, it’s useful to think about the Democratic nominee, windbag Joe Biden, alongside his novice running mate Barack Obama, rather than alongside Sarah Palin.
In the first presidential debate, Obama issued a strong indictment of John McCain, saying he was “wrong” on Iraq from the beginning:
“…at the time when the war started you said it was going to be quick and easy, you said we knew where the weapons of mass destruction were; you were wrong. You said we were going to be greeted as liberators; you were wrong.”
Now, let’s take a look at the statements on Iraq in the years before the war from Obama’s running mate:
“As long as Saddam’s at the helm, there is no reasonable prospect [that] . . . any . . . inspector is ever going to be able to guarantee that we have rooted out . . . the entirety of Saddam’s [WMD] program.” (1998)
“…the only way we’re going to get rid of Saddam Hussein is we’re going to end up having to start it alone . . . . It’s going to require guys . . . in uniform to be back on foot in the desert taking Saddam down.” (2002)
“I do not believe this is a rush to war. I believe it is a march to peace and security.
. . . [Saddam Hussein] possesses chemical and biological weapons and is seeking nuclear weapons.” (2002, after his vote to go to war in Iraq)
“We must be clear with the American people that we are committing to Iraq for the long haul; not just the day after, but the decade after.” (2002)
Not only are these statements supportive of the war, they are almost identical to claims made by the Bush administration – claims that liberals have furiously denounced as lies.
Certainly by Obama’s own logic, choosing Biden as his running mate draws Obama’s judgment into question. Obama has made his opposition to Iraq one of the centerpieces of his qualifications to be president. And yet, he chooses a man as his running mate who voted for the war and as a respected voice on foreign affairs played a role in ginning up support for the war by pushing the Bush administration’s lines of argument. So if we are to agree with Obama that John McCain shouldn’t be president in large part because of his support for the war, Obama himself is also disqualified for choosing a running mate who did the same.