Opinion Confronted with his Iraq War vote, Joe Biden owns the disastrous Iraq withdrawal

05:05  15 january  2020
05:05  15 january  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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After his own proposal fell apart, Mr. Biden continued to meet with Bush administration officials. He found Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to be an influential and steady hand in the On Saturday, the Sanders campaign released a blistering statement excoriating Mr. Biden for his Iraq war vote .

And former Vice President Joe Biden ’s 2002 vote in favor of the Iraq War leaves him with a particularly glaring vulnerability. Biden ’s vote had already Democratic senator and Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks with U.S. Marine generals before a development meeting between Iraqi and American

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Right away in tonight's debate, Joe Biden was confronted with his 2002 vote in favor of the Iraq War. "It was a mistake, and I acknowledged that" in 2006, he said. "But the man who also argued against that war -- Barack Obama -- picked me to be his vice president. And once we were elected president and vice president, he turned to me and asked me to end that war."

So we're getting a version of the argument from authority here -- argumentum ad Obamam -- but Biden is also stepping up in his own right to own the 2011-2012 withdrawal from Iraq. But it may not have been his or Obama's finest moment. Many people have argued that the whole thing was shoddily done and led directly to the power vacuum into which ISIS grew with astonishing pace, because the Obama administration failed to take them seriously.

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But his vote on Iraq could cost him support, the poll showed. Seventy-three percent of Democratic respondents said Biden ’s experience in the Democratic voters were more troubled by Biden ’s Iraq War vote than by other controversial lines from his resume that have become campaign-trail issues

Biden voted to authorize the Iraq War . Sanders voted against it. We are still dealing with those disastrous consequences today and will be for many years. The Iraq War was a mistake, but for sheer depravity it cannot compare to Orange Hitler’s draconian war on immigration.

Biden famously bet his vice presidency on getting a signed Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqis. Then he failed to do so.

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had this to say:

In his new book, Mattis, 68, argues that Biden, 76, was "indifferent" to the consequences of complete withdrawal - consequences that included "tens of thousands of casualties, plus untold misery for millions of innocents," as well as the kidnapping and beheading of westerners, and horrific terrorist attacks across the world.

"He wanted our forces out of Iraq," Mattis writes in Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead. ”Whatever path led there fastest, he favored. He exuded the confidence of a man whose mind was made up, perhaps even indifferent to considering the consequences were he judging the situation incorrectly."

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Biden 's lies in the face of his record shows that he cannot be trusted in matters of war and peace. For the second consecutive Democratic debate, Joe Biden has failed to come to terms about his critical role in supporting the illegal, unnecessary, and predictably disastrous U.S. invasion and

But Joe Biden did not just vote for the Iraq War ; it wasn't just one mistaken vote . We cannot be complacent about those who espouse hatred for us. We must confront clear danger with a What distinguishes Saddam is that he has used them against his own people and against Iran. People fuck up all the time. Hell, Bernie Sanders fucked up with his initial vote to authorize the invasion of

...The U.S. pulled out its forces from Iraq in 2011, despite warnings from Mattis that this would be folly. At the time, Mattis was head of Central Command, overseeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama sent forces back to Iraq in 2014 after the Islamic State seized parts of the country.

"All this was predicted — and preventable," Mattis writes in his book.

Mattis's word isn't necessarily gospel, and I don't want to treat Biden's thankless task as something that could have easily been completed successfully.

Still, it just doesn't sound that bright to my ears to claim that you made up for your vote for the disastrous Iraq War by negotiating a disastrous Iraq withdrawal.

Withdrawal from Iraq would dangerously undermine American national security .
A forced US withdrawal from Iraq would guarantee that country’s subordination to Iran for the foreseeable future. Coupled with Tehran's announced rejection of its 2015 nuclear agreement with the West, America's departure from Iraq would create the very real likelihood of Iranian hegemony in the Middle East - with the most dire consequences not only for the region but for U.S. national security for years to come.Dov S. Zakheim is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and vice chairman of the board for the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

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