Biden In 2008: The President Can Strike to Prevent an Attack
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In the midst of the criticism President Trump has faced after he approved a mission to kill one of the world's biggest terrorists, an old quote from Joe Biden in 2008 has resurfaced, revealing that 2008 Biden would have supporter President Trump's attack.
Since the attack, Biden has blasted President Trump, saying that he “does not have the authority to take us into war with Iran without Congressional approval.”
"Let's be clear: Donald Trump does not have the authority to take us into war with Iran without Congressional approval. A president should never take this nation to war without the informed consent of the American people," he tweeted.
This tweet is extremely hypocritical considering Biden said the exact opposite in 2008 while campaigning with former President Barack Obama.
On his campaign website, Biden discussed his Iran policy, writing, “It is precisely because the consequences of war – intended or otherwise – can be so profound and complicated that our Founding Fathers vested in Congress, not the President, the power to initiate war, except to repel an imminent attack on the United States or its citizens.”
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
The portion about preventing an “imminent attack” is key, as the State Department claimed in a statement following the Soleimani strike that the general was plotting to attack U.S. facilities and service members in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. The attack was “imminent” and could have killed hundreds of Americans, U.S. Special representative for Iran Brian Hook claimed.
According to Biden’s 2008 view, the president would have ample authority to take out Soleimani. It’s also tenuous if the targeted drone strike is equivalent to war — Iran’s US ambassador claimed the move was an “act of war,” but Trump has stated that he approved the strike in order to “stop a war.”
Biden is proving to be one of the biggest liars and hypocrites on the campaign trail especially after the drone strike in Iran.
The former Vice President is now claiming that he supported the military raid that killed Osama Bin Laden despite comments he made back in 2012.
On Friday, Biden claimed that he had not urged Obama to hold off on the raid that killed Bin Laden.
The moment came when Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked the former Vice President if he would have made the same decision as President Trump to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
“As commander in chief, if you were ever handed a piece of intelligence that said you could stop an imminent attack on Americans — but you have to use an airstrike to take out a terrorist leader — would you pull the trigger?” Doocy asked.
“Well we did – the guy’s name was Usama bin Laden,” Biden stated.
“Didn’t you tell President Obama not to go after bin Laden that day?” Doocy questioned.
“No, I didn’t,” Biden replied.
This was a flat out lie considering Biden publicly stated back in 2012 that he told former NOT to go after Bin Laden.
“Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go — we have to do two more things to see if he’s there,” Biden said back in 2012.
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