Biden said in 1996, USA 'could take whatever action it deems appropriate'
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President Donald Trump had a top Iranian general responsible for hundreds of casualties taken out and numerous Democrats have spoken out against it. This article serves as a reminder that the tone was quite different back in 1996 when Joe Biden, as a United State Senator, seemed to support reacting and taking out the bad guys as needed.
This video shows an interview where he's talking about a bombing that was allegedly done by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps - and Biden called it an "act of war." Biden also stated that the United States "could take whatever action it deems appropriate" - even though he now seems to be slightly against Trump taking action to remove someone who was possibly planning more attacks. Seems like Biden won't have to worry about nominating Barack Obama to Supreme Court if he's dealing with the ghosts of his past. Can't nominate someone if you're not president. Not like he has any shot of winning an election anyway.
Nevertheless, Brent Scher from the Washington Free Beacon wrote this about Biden's 1996 interview:
Biden's view, expressed during an Aug. 4, 1996, interview with ABC News's Sam Donaldson—before the United States determined that the IRGC was responsible for the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia—was that, were Iran involved in the attack, it would yield its sovereignty. The attack on the U.S. Marine barracks left 19 dead and hundreds wounded.
"[The United States] could take whatever action it deems appropriate," Biden said at the time. "They yield their sovereignty if they are [behind the attack] … it's an act of war."
The strong stance differs greatly from his response to Thursday night's deadly strike on Soleimani—itself a response to Iran's attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad that killed an American contractor and wounded American troops.
The former vice president condemned the strike on Soleimani as "a huge escalatory move in an already dangerous region."
It should be stated that any action or reaction involving a military strike always comes with some level of escalation and the possibilities of a retaliation.
That seems fairly normal for one side to retaliate, or to want to retaliate, when someone on their side is taken out. In this case, Iran could retaliate if they wish, but would it be beneficial to them - that remains to be seen. However, they would likely be annihilated.
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Adding to that is this - you can go on Twitter and find people in Iran who are celebrating the United States airstrike publicly on their social media pages.
"President Trump just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox, and he owes the American people an explanation of the strategy and plan to keep safe our troops and embassy personnel, our people and our interests, both here at home and abroad, and our partners throughout the region and beyond," Biden said...
It really seems like Joe Biden is throwing his own stick of dynamite into a heap of high school drama. His views on this have completely flip-flopped from years past.
It reminds me of the Donald Trump impeachment in comparison to Bill Clinton's impeachment.
Back then, Democrats were against impeachment and now they want it. The tables have turned.