Back in the summer of 2002 there was a US Senator who warned that war in Iraq was probable.  That man was Joe Biden.  Here’s what he said on August 4, 2002:

“I believe there probably will be a war with Iraq,” said Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “The only question is, is it alone, is it with others and how long and how costly will it be?”

What a great prognosticator, yes?  So, why should we not trust someone who was so prescient?  Find out after the break.
You see, Biden wasn’t just predicting a war, he was also doing something far more damaging:  He was spreading the Administration’s lies for them and actively promoting their false justification for invasion:

Biden, citing expert testimony in his hearings, said it is clear Iraq has chemical and biological weapons of some sort. Less certain is whether Saddam has the means yet to use them effectively, he said.

“We have no choice but to eliminate the threat,” he said. “This is a guy who’s an extreme danger to the world.”

Does that mean war? “I think that’s where we end up,” Biden said.

Now, one could argue that Biden was mislead, and sincerely believed what he was saying.  Myself, I tend to view a him as being a crass opportunist on this occasion, but if he was sincere, than he was a dupe.  In any event, this line from the USA Today story is revealing:

Administration officials were absent from the airwaves, letting lawmakers drive the debate.

Next time you hear Biden criticizing Dean, just remember this incident.  It tells you all you need to know about Senator Biden.

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