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2007 Biden: Impeach Bush If Bombs Iran

From New Hampshire’s Seacoast:

Biden: Impeachment if Bush bombs Iran

By Adam Leech

November 29, 2007

PORTSMOUTH — Presidential hopeful Delaware Sen. Joe Biden stated unequivocally that he will move to impeach President Bush if he bombs Iran without first gaining congressional approval.

Biden spoke in front of a crowd of approximately 100 at a candidate forum held Thursday at Seacoast Media Group. The forum focused on the Iraq war and foreign policy. When an audience member expressed fear of a war with Iran, Biden said he does not typically engage in threats, but had no qualms about issuing a direct warning to the Oval Office.

“The president has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran, and if he does, as Foreign Relations Committee chairman, I will move to impeach,” said Biden, whose words were followed by a raucous applause from the local audience.

Biden said he is in the process of meeting with constitutional law experts to prepare a legal memorandum saying as much and intends to send it to the president.

When local resident Joel Carp asked Biden why not impeach now, given what has already been done, Biden said it was a valid point, but might not be constitutionally valid and potentially counterproductive. A case for impeachment must have clear evidence, Biden said, and blame should be directed at the right parties.

“If you’re going to impeach George Bush, you better impeach (Vice President Dick) Cheney first,” said Biden, again drawing applause.

Biden said the best deterrent to prevent pre-emptive military action in Iran is to make it clear, even if it is at the end of his final term, action will be taken against Bush to ensure “his legacy will be marred for all time.” …

And yet, just last week, Mr. Biden was singing a very different tune.

From the New York Times:

Biden: McCain has no answer to threat of Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah

By John M. Broder

September 24, 2008

The Democratic vice-presidential nominee, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., speaking two days before the first presidential debate, accused Senator John McCain of pursuing “dangerously wrong” policies on Iraq, Iran and terrorism.

As Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, curtailed his campaigning to prepare for Friday’s debate on foreign policy matters in Mississippi, his running mate opened his harshest attack yet on Mr. McCain in a speech he delivered in Cincinnati this morning.

He said Mr. McCain would continue what he called the Bush administration’s wrong-headed approach to the conflicts in the Middle East, endangering American security…

John is more than wrong — he is dangerously wrong,” Mr. Biden continued. “On a question so basic, so fundamental, so critical to our nation’s security, we can’t afford a commander-in-chief so divorced from reality and from America’s most basic national interests.”

And on the troop buildup, of which Mr. McCain has been an ardent, if not chief proponent: Mr. Biden said, “John keeps talking about the surge. Thanks to the remarkable service and sacrifice of our armed forces, it helped reduce violence, a fact all Americans applaud. But the surge is over, and the political reconciliation it was supposed to produce has not materialized…

On Iran, he warned, “Iran is much closer to the bomb; its influence in Iraq is expanding; its terrorist proxy Hezbollah is ascendant in Lebanon; its ally, Hamas controls Gaza and launches rockets at Israel. Beyond bluster, what would John McCain actually do about these dangers? He doesn’t say.”

This is the same Joe Biden who said last night, “Gwen, no one in the United States Senate has been a better friend to Israel than Joe Biden.”

And speaking of being “divorced from reality,” this is the same foreign policy expert who now imagines that the US and France pushed Hezbollah out of Lebanon.

By the way, just in case anyone really cares to hear what the brilliant Joe Biden thinks should be done with Iran, they can read his scintillating December 3, 2007 speech before the Council On Foreign Relations.

But you can save yourself some time. For surprise, surprise, he is for negotiations and sanctions.

We’ve seen how well they have worked so far.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 3rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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