19 March 2023
In the lead up to the war, then-Senator Biden used his position as chair of the
influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee to help sell the George W. Bush
Administration's plans to a skeptical American public. He gave speeches and
organized Senate hearings that promoted the administration's false claims about
Saddam Hussein's WMD program. In October 2002, Biden spearheaded a joint
resolution that gave Bush sweeping powers to use military force against Iraq.
"Joe Biden is one of the main reasons why the United States went to war in
Iraq. He likes to pretend that he didn't play such an important role, but I'll
say it now and I'll say it forever: Joe Biden's a liar." he said. "Joe Biden's a
man who allowed thousands of Americans to be sacrificed for his pride, for his
arrogance, for his narcissism, because he knew that one day he was going to be
President of the United States."
According to Ritter, Biden brushed moral and geopolitical concerns about
invading Iraq aside because he did not want to face accusations that he was
taking a "pro-Saddam" stance. Biden's failure to speak out against the war, he
added, helped result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, tens of
millions displaced, and broader chaos in the Middle East.
-- Cont'd at https://archive.is/sFeqU
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