When it comes to ‘Dentures’ Joe Biden, no one knows quite what is going on. Grandiosity? Senility? Or just plain dishonesty? If there is one thing that is clear about Dentures Joe, it’s that something is wrong in the state of Denmark. The latest episode of “Weekend at Biden’s” features our intrepid hero taking hits from the left and the right over his early and enthusiastic support for George W. Bush’s War in Iraq.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden is adding lies on top of lies to cover up his backing of the Iraq invasion.
During Thursday night’s Democratic Party debate hosted by ABC News, Biden lied about his Iraq record, just as he did at the first two debates.
In the July debate, Biden claimed: “From the moment ‘shock and awe’ started, from that moment, I was opposed to the effort, and I was outspoken as much as anyone at all in the Congress.”
But Biden ultimately voted for the legislation giving Bush the complete license the president wanted. [Salon]
‘Dentures’ wants us to believe that he was just a cautious and moderate voice in the Iraq debate. When in reality, not only did Sloppy Joe vote for the Iraq invasion, he also played a critical role in beating the drums during the march to war.
More from In These Times:
A review of the historical record shows Biden didn’t just vote for the war—he was a leading Democratic voice in its favor, and played an important role in persuading the public of its necessity and, more broadly, laying the groundwork for Bush’s invasion.
In the wake of September 11th, Biden stood as a leading Democratic voice on foreign policy, chairing the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As President Bush attempted to sell the U.S. public on the war, Biden became one of the administration’s steadfast allies in this cause, backing claims about the supposed threat posed by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and insisting on the necessity of removing him from power.
Biden did attempt to placate Democrats by criticizing Bush on procedural grounds while largely affirming his case for war, even as he painted himself as an opponent of Bush and the war in front of liberal audiences. In the months leading up to and following the invasion, Biden would make repeated, contradictory statements about his position on the issue, eventually casting himself as an unrepentant backer of the war effort just as the public and his own party began to sour on it.
What we are seeing here from ‘Dentures’ Joe is typical of his entire career. Biden takes one side of an issue, equivocates, swings to the other side, tries to placate everyone, and eventually ends up strongly supporting the wrong, losing, and unpopular side of the debate. This is why his last two runs for president, in 1988 and 2008, ended in miserable failure.
Even the Left is growing tired of Sloppy Joe’s latest embarrassing and cringeworthy run for the White House, slamming him after the latest Democratic debate in articles with titles like, ‘Joe Biden Lied His Face Off About the Iraq War Last Night,’ and ‘With this week’s debate, Joe Biden is now pushing his Iraq war falsehoods to the max.’
Thursday night’s Democratic debate featured another attempt by Joe Biden to rewrite his record on the Iraq War.
Biden rolled out a familiar rationalization for voting to authorize the war in Iraq—what would become the most disastrous foreign policy venture of the 21st Century. “I should have never voted to give Bush the authority to go in and do what he said he was going to do,” Biden admitted, before stressing that he had believed Bush’s claim that the president needed the war authorization to have the leverage to send weapons inspectors into Iraq.
Biden continues to wrongly boil down his role in the Iraq War to his 2002 vote for the war authorization.
As chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden was an influential Democratic voice largely backing President George W. Bush’s calls for regime change in Iraq. As early as February 2002, Biden was telling crowds that “if Saddam Hussein is still there five years from now, we are in big trouble,” that “it would be unrealistic … to believe we can claim victory in the war on terrorism if Saddam is still in power,” and that “dialogue with Saddam is useless.” [In These Times]
Biden keeps lying. The world keeps turning. The sun rises every morning in the east. Some things, like death and taxes, are just inevitable. The more pressing question at hand may instead be, just what the hell is going on with Biden’s mouth?
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