June 17th, 2007
01:26 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden takes issue with Lieberman stance on Iran

Senator Joseph Biden, D-Delaware

(CNN) – Delaware Senator Joseph Biden took issue Sunday with his senate colleague, Joseph Lieberman, over how best to deal with Iran. Lieberman, of Connecticut, says there is evidence Iran is training and arming insurgents who are killing Americans in Iraq. Last week he suggested the U.S. should be prepared to take military action against Iran to stop such attacks. Biden clearly disagrees.

"Now if Joe could come up with me and tell me how he's going to, not even being able to quell things in Iraq, how he's going to go into a country of 72 million people, attack and not have our problems metastasize well beyond what they are now, I'd like to know what that is." Biden, a Democratic candidate for president made the comments Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

"We should be using a lot more imaginative diplomacy. We should be engaged in isolating Iran. We should be engaged in attracting the support of the Iranian people," Biden went on to say.

On the race for the Democratic nomination, Biden did not hesitate when asked if he, or Senator Hillary Clinton, were better qualified to be commander in chief. "Me, by a long shot. I think she's a very qualified person, but I've been doing this for 34 years of my life." Also a candidate for president in 1988, Biden said the next president will have virtually no room for error. "And I'm the only one that's even put together a plan on Iraq."

Biden has proposed partitioning Iraq into three separate regions – Kurdish, Sunni, and Shiite – with a central government in Baghdad.

- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iran • Iraq • Joe Biden • Race to '08
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. cliffhils Buena Park, Ca.

    I guess that Biden dosen't have much confidance in our military, which is, of course, the best and the greatest military in the world.

    June 17, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Steve. Killeen, Texas

    This idea of partitioning Iraq is utopian at best. It is a precursor to independent Kurdish, Sunni, and Shia states, a concept that has great destabilization potential in the wider Middle East. Having spent a year in the so-called "Triangle of Death," watching Sunni and Shia kill each other senselessly, I cannot fathom a situation existing anytime in the next decade in which you'd have three distinct cultural groups living in harmony and sharing resources evenly.
    Biden and the other politicians who float this idea are living in fantasyland. They would do well to spend a month or two on the ground in Iraq, actively engaged in operations and seeing for themselves the reality of this conflict. A few days in the Green Zone does not an expert make...

    June 17, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Tom, Texas, USA

    Joe Biden is the last person on the planet who should have anything to do with the United States military, and it's not simply because Biden knows absolutely nothing about the U.S. military or military operations, although you have to love that Biden "thinks" that playing with his G.I. Joe dolls qualifies him as a military "expert". The reason Biden is the last person on the planet who should have anyting to do with the U.S. military is because Biden has a perfect record on being on the wrong side of every foreign policy debate in the last 35 years. He was on the wrong side of the Cold War. He was on the wrong side of America's liberation of Kuwait. If Joe Biden had ruled for the last 15 years, Saddam Hussein would not only still dominate Kuwait and Iraq. Saddam Hussein would dominate Saudia Arabia and the rest of the Middle East, and Joe Biden would be calling for "dipomacy" (i.e., surrender to America's enemies).

    June 17, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Words like "metastasize" are proof that the only thing between Biden and the White House is his mouth. He may be smarter than your average candidate, but like the two frontrunners, is "simply unelectable".

    June 17, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Hilda Renfrow

    The Americcan people should pay attention to Biden. He is the only one who knows what he is talking about. I'll vote for him for president, if the Democratic party has sense enough to nominate him.

    June 17, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Mark, Lavallette, NJ

    It is really disgusting how Biden keeps promoting his plan for the partitioning of Iraq. Washington does not control the world. We have no right to be in Iraq, and we absolutely have no right to tell the Iraqis how to run or divide their country.

    June 17, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. Don Fitzgerald, Chicago, Illinois

    Oh, that's right, the military experts are from Texas. Let's see, Ole W. sure knows what he's doing over in Iraq, even after his escalation of the occupation. Mission accomplished and he's still sending more troops over there. George Bush was so stupid, he made a martyr/hero out of Saddam Hussien. That's what you call a military idiot.
    Joe Biden has been in the halls of the Senate for 30 years and if anybody is qualified to run this country it is him. It certainly isn't that " Bring 'em on " idiot now living in Texas and impersonating a President. He certainly will not send our troops into battle ill-equipped and ill-trained like that impersonator did in the early stages of the Iraqi war. No, Senator Biden would show W how to be presidential and competent.

    June 17, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. DMW, Roeland Park, KS

    What do you people suggest??? Instead of complaining, what would you prefer??
    We need to appreciate people for at least coming up with a solution verses just complaining.

    We have three options from what I can see and mind you, I am only an American citizen. 1) Stay in Iraq and continue war until only GOD knows when; 2) Partition Iraq into three states. America has 50 with different states laws; 3) Leave and allow the Iraqis to fight each other. After all this type of ethnic fighting is something Americans are not familiar with and the middle east people have been doing this type of thing for centuries.

    America was foolish or maybe had to high of an idealist mentality to think we could turn the middle east into a democracy. Now we pay in blood and treasury.

    June 18, 2007 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  9. Hugh Conway, Verona, NJ

    Biden should get more national attention. He is one of the only candidates, that makes any sense at all. Why have Americans grown so num to the idea of a smart president? I hope the Democratic Party nominates him.

    June 20, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |