Statements about Iraq
On foreign policy, Joe Biden was against aid for Vietnam, said the fall of the Shah was "a step forward" for human rights in Iran, opposed Reagan's defense build-up and voted against the first Gulf War.
The United States "stood alone in the war in Iraq."
Says he "opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq" in 2003.
Says it’s "an old wives’ story" that Margaret Thatcher told George H.W. Bush not to go wobbly.
Says Mitt Romney "just gave a speech a few weeks ago" and said "we should still have troops in Iraq."
On ending the war in Iraq, "Gov. Romney said that was a tragic mistake, we should have left 30,000 troops there."
Says President Obama "helped more than half a million veterans and military family members go to college through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill."
In Iraq, "violence is down to an all-time low" since the start of the war.
"Because of Barack Obama the mission in Iraq ended."
"Under Barack Obama's watch, we have expended $805 billion to liberate the people of Iraq and, more importantly, 4,400 American lives."
"I asked (then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice) how many people had died and she did not know the answer to that question."
"Obama’s stimulus, passed in his first month in office, will cost more than the entire Iraq War."
The United States accounted for 26 percent of worldwide military spending during the Cold War, but now accounts for 41 percent.
Despite the U.S. spending $10 billion on Iraq's electrical system, Baghdad still only gets five hours of electricity a day.
The Bush administration "pulled the troops out of Afghanistan, pulled the resources away, because they wanted to invade Iraq instead."
"I never called for a partition" of Iraq.
"He (Kirk) did violate Pentagon rules, twice actually, for improperly mingling politics with his military service."
"The video doesn't show the broader picture of the firing that was going on at American troops."
The Iraq war has been "our longest war."
"He (Obama) has done several things well. Most of those things are places where he changed his view from where he had during the campaign. So, for instance, he's left our troops in Iraq and they're being more successful there. He boosted our effort in Afghanistan, which is the right course to take. He did not close Guantanamo, thank heavens."
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