Stephen Zunes talks about Joe Biden’s shameful history helping to advocate for the invasion of Iraq in 2002 and 2003. These days he claims he was caught up in the aftermath of 9/11 and was simply mistaken about the intelligence, like everyone else who voted for the war. But Zunes reminds us that Biden was chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at that time, with a Democratic-majority congress. With his influence, he probably could have stopped the war singlehandedly. If that weren’t enough, Zunes says that Biden was actually advocating “boots on the ground” to depose Saddam Hussein before 9/11. On this issue alone, Biden should be disqualified from the presidency, and Zunes and Scott expect a poor showing in the general election, should he end up with the Democratic nomination.
Discussed on the show:
- WORTH THE PRICE? Joe Biden and the Launch of the Iraq War
- “4/26/19 Stephen Zunes on the Other Reason Biden Shouldn’t Be President” (The Libertarian Institute)
- “2/21/20 Matthew Hoh on Biden’s Pro-War Past” (The Libertarian Institute)
- Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
- “War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (2007)” (IMDb)
- The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers
Stephen Zunes is a professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution and Civil Resistance Against Coups: A Comparative and Historical Perspective. Find him on Twitter @SZunes.
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