(Tea Party PAC) – One of the many downsides to former Vice President and longtime Senator Joe Biden’s candidacy for the presidency is that he has decades and decades of hypocrisy and corruption to draw from when one goes looking for his flaws or inconsistencies.
In 1996, then-Senator Biden characterized a deadly bombing orchestrated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as an “act of war” which gave the United States the latitude to react with any level of force it deemed necessary.
Sounds quite different than his criticism of President Donald Trump for authorizing the kill of top Iranian military official Qassem Soleimani, doesn’t it?
That time around, as Biden told ABC’s Sam Donaldson in August 1996, before the United States had yet determined that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp was indeed responsible for the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, that were the nation behind the attack, it would have yielded its sovereignty.
The attack on the US Marine barracks left 19 dead and hundreds wounded–certainly a good reason to respond with force!
“[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.”
Meanwhile, in response to Thursday night’s airstrike which eliminated Soleimani, which itself was a response to an attack on the US embassy in Baghdad which the Washington Free Beacon says killed an American contractor and wounded American troops.
Biden said that the strike was “a huge escalatory move in an already dangerous region.”
“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 in a statement on Soleimani’s death.
The Biden campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
The Free Beacon notes:
Soleimani served as a top commander of the IRGC, which was officially deemed responsible for the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in September 2018 when Iran was ordered by a U.S. District Court to pay $104.7 million to victims.
In the 25 years since Biden’s tough talk, Soleimani emerged as one of the most influential figures in the Middle East. He was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops stationed in the region and played a key role in growing Iran’s political influence over other countries in the Middle East. Biden, in fact, played a key role in Soleimani’s successful installation of Iranian-aligned leadership in Iraq, according to reporting from the New Yorker‘s Dexter Filkins.