Former Vice President said that it was a “mistake” to trust the President George W. Bush administration on whether they were going to war with Iraq.
Biden, 77, was a senator and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2002 when he voted in favor of a resolution that authorized Bush to use military force against Iraq. Speaking to lawmakers before the vote, Biden said that “failure to overwhelmingly support” the resolution was “likely to enhance the prospects that war will occur.”
He voiced support for the invasion of Iraq for years until saying, for the first time in 2005, that the vote was “a mistake.”
Asked about the situation during the Democratic presidential debate on Jan. 14, Biden said: “It was a mistake to trust they werent going to war. They said they werent going to war.”
After the war started, Biden said, “I was in a position of making the case that it was a big, big mistake.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), 78, who has repeatedly criticized Biden over his vote for the resolution, said of Bush and Bushs Vice President Dick Cheney: “I thought they were lying.”
“I did everything I could to prevent that war. Joe did things differently,” he added.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who served in the military, later said he gained crucial experience during that time.
“There are enlisted people that I serve with barely old enough to remember those votes,” he said.
“The next president is going to be confronted with national security challenges different in scope and in kind from anything weve seen before,” he added, citing cliRead More – Source