December 4th, 2007
02:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden takes aim at Bush's 'charade' on Iran

Joe Biden had some tough words for President Bush Tuesday.

(CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who has criticized the White House for their “fixation” on Iran, called the president’s tough comments Tuesday on that nation’s nuclear program a “charade” in light of a newly-released assessment of Tehran’s nuclear capabilities.

The report said that Iran halted its development of a nuclear weapon four years ago.

President Bush said Tuesday that he only learned of the 2003 intelligence assessment last week. In remarks at a White House press conference, the president also said the report shows that Iran could again try to acquire nuclear weapons and remains dangerous, adding that the international community should keep up its pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.

“I refuse to believe that,” said Biden, speaking on the campaign trail in Iowa. “If that’s true, he has the most incompetent staff in modern American history and he’s one of the most incompetent presidents in modern American history.”

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman linked the administration’s conduct to its actions before the Iraq war, saying that “for this president to knowingly disregard or once again misrepresent intelligence about the issue of war and peace, I find outrageous. [T]his is exactly what he did, exactly what he did in the run-up to the war in Iraq, in consistently exaggerating the intelligence.”

“If past is prologue, I do not trust this administration,” said Biden. “I do not trust them to level with us. I do not trust them to tell us the truth.” The senator has said that if the administration goes to war with Iran, President Bush should be impeached.

The White House response was muted. “Sounds like someone’s running for president,” said Press Secretary Dana Perino. “The RNC can therefore provide more comment.”

RNC spokesman Brian Walton added, “Apparently Joe Biden has seen recent polling that shows his statistical insignificance and is looking for relevance in the debate by offering heated rhetoric.”

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Iowa • Joe Biden
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Note to Candidate Joe Biden:
    George W. Bush is not running for president.

    You need to direct your debate with the self-described "smartest woman in the world."

    December 4, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Jeff, Jacksonville, FL

    and he’s one of the most incompetent presidents in modern American history

    Excuse me Senator Biden....I think you mean most imcompetent president in ALL American history.

    And why wait to impeach him if he tries to go to war with Iran. He's done plenty already to earn impeachment.

    December 4, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |


    December 4, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Former US Army Officer, Kansas

    The most seriuos threat to the security and safety of this nation resides at 1600 Penn Ave. The refusal of a major world leader to step forward in the diplomactic community and engage nations in open and frank discussions is absolutely irresponsible.

    We see with the attitude this administration has displayed since the release of the declassified NIE with the stance that it means nothing Iran, Iran, Iran.

    Bush may not be running for President Eric, but he is running this nation into the ground and it is the responsiblity of all Americans to call him on it, to include individuals running for office. Disregard and selective picking of intelligence is what got this nation where it unfortuently is today.

    December 4, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. J. Stiles, Trenton, NJ

    "The senator has said that if the administration goes to war with Iran, President Bush should be impeached." Too late, Joe! Bush should have been impeached a l-o-n-g time ago. You wimpy opposition politicos let him and Darth go on and on and on for too long. No fire in your bellies as the republic crumbles, the Constitution is trashed and wars rage.

    December 4, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. AJ, IL

    Interesting, even though I support Obama, I also like Biden. Although, I find it compelling that Biden negatively talks about Bush and his administration in terms trusthworthliness and incompetentence. If this is true, like we have seen in the past, then we need a honest, trustworthy, non-Bush type in the White House, which is OBAMA!

    December 4, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Joe, NYC

    This guy is awesome! For real, why is he not higher in the polls? He is the only candidate who has the experience to be our next President.

    Come on people, wake up and listen to this guy. He knows what he's talking about. Don't vote based on popularity. Vote based on experience and someone who can heal this country on a global scale.

    December 4, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Aaron, Sterling VA

    Man, Ron Paul's been saying there's no reason to go to war with Iran since this whole topic came up a long while ago. He also said there's no reason to go to war with Iraq before we did years ago. Maybe he's been right all this time about other topics as well...the Fed, NAU, DHS...hmmmm

    December 4, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Franky, NY NY

    If I wasn't already backing Hillary, Biden would be my man!

    December 4, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Mike, Boston, MA

    Dana Perino you are hot to watch but completely foolish to listen to.

    This has nothing to do with running for President but all to do with the President truly being incompetent.

    You mean to tell me the most powerful person in the free world (our President) did not know about this until only last week? Are you kidding me? Why is he still President then? He's completely irrelevant and obviously even his own administration must think that if THEY didn't even tell him the news fours years ago.

    How pathetic that this president is using that as his excuse. If that is true and he didn't know the BIG news I think I would have made up a lie!

    December 4, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. spinstopper

    Bush's charade includes the entire UN..

    December 4, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Joe, Indianapolis,IN

    Joe, I agree with you 100%. This is part of the reason why most Americans (including me) are afraid of the future of politics in this country. We can't get anyone to tell us the truth, no one remembers anything, the truth is ignored and we only find out about it 3 or 4 or 5 years after the fact.

    That's why I would take Joe Biden for President before any of the other people running- democrat or republican! Why? Because he tells it like it is and lets the the chips fall where they may. I'd rather have Joe tell me to my face that he's going to rob me of my tax dollars and give them to China and the middle eastern countries for oil than lie to me to get it by creating some silly, frivolous, and dumb hogwash about "WMD's" and invading an insignificant country.

    December 4, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Preston, La Place LA

    Senator Biden is absolutely correct in his comments re Bush v Iran. Between Iran and George Bush, Bush is the greater threat to world peace and security. He is an incompetent president surrounded by complete and utter incompetence. Impeachment is long overdue.

    December 4, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. John from America

    Note to: Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Eric – Is George Bush your uncle? And since when has Texas left the USA?

    And Joe Biden is absolutely correct – George W Bush is the worst president ever in our entire history.

    December 4, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Michael Torrance, CA

    Sen. Biden comments were inaccurate. Bush is the MOST incompetent president American history. Followed closly by Pres. Carter. Get it right next time Mister Senator.

    December 4, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |

    TOUCHE' Senator Biden. Bush is indeed a lying, conniving, moronic, inept, incompetent president. Bush is such an authentic prevaricator that he himself doesn't even know when he is lying. The man is pathetic. The sooner he is out of office the sooner this national nightmare will end. I pray that God forgive this nation for electing such a diabolical idiot.

    December 4, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Chad Weydert, Kansas City MO

    Joe Biden for President,

    Did anyone hear this man speak at the Brown and Black Forum in Des Moines, Iowa? He was late arriving the debate, but he definitely stole the show. I agree with comments above about Joe, he tells you like it is and has at least two or three real genuine real like examples about how he engaged each circumstance.

    December 4, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Joe, Providence, RI

    How can we get this guy to win the nomination?

    Iowa, NH, SC need to wake up and vote for this guy. Let's finally nominate someone who is strong and will not lay back and get rolled over.

    Biden is the only candidate, I believe, who can beat any republican. If we want to win the White House back then vote for this guy. He tells it like it is and he is never scripted.

    December 4, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Charles

    What do you refuse to believe, Senator Biden? That Iran is a growing threat to peace and stability? That it is arming Hezbollah in Lebanon and Shia insurgents in Iraq, and conspiring with all the rest of our enemies across the globe? That its leader has openly declared, on countless occasions, an intention to wipe the state of Israel off the face of the Earth? That its military is openly acquiring greater offensive capabilities, including long-range ballistic missiles and state of the art anti-aircraft equipment? That its aerospace industry is openly developing its very own fighter jet? Is this what you refuse to believe, Senator Biden? Do you refuse to believe these incontestable, undeniable facts? And if not, Mr. Senator, then how dare you honestly reject or belittle the danger posed by the republic of ayatollahs?

    December 4, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Danny

    You know nothing about Iran. Having lived in Teheran for 18 years, I can feel what it is. You can lecture George Bush or anybody with your gimmicks. Some time ago, you came up with the idea of partitioning Iraq and now you want to talk about Iran. I think you can visit me in Teheran and see what we are trying to do here. Seeing is believing. Please do not lecture us neing give wrong news to American people.

    December 4, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Sharon D., Indianapolis, IN

    Mr. Steinhauser:
    What is best for the country has nothing to do with what is going on in Iraq or the possibility of invading Iran. It has to do with money and wealth.

    So many times President Bush has sounded the alarm on "fear" of terror or "nuclear" disaster, which is when he is like the boy crying wolf. We just don't believe him anymore. What is frightening is if he needs to "really" warn Americans about a threat, we won't believe him.

    Whether it is about oil reserves or Iran's threat to Saudi Arabia, the American interests in the region has to do with the power of oil and the wealth of many princes.

    Senator Biden is correct in saying President Bush in incompetent; he has never been working for the American people; only one percent of them, the ones with the wealth.

    "Charade", Senator Biden, yes. But Americans still buys into the sanctity of the Presidency. As long as the war in Iraq doesn't inconvenience anyone in the US, and maybe lines our pockets a wee bit, the quest for truth and justice will not prevail.

    December 4, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |

    Note to Candidate Joe Biden:
    George W. Bush is not running for president.

    You need to direct your debate with the self-described "smartest woman in the world."
    Posted By Eric, from THE Republic of Texas : December 4, 2007 3:10 pm

    WOW, even I couldn't have said it any more succinctly, nor with the astuteness and yes, dare i say, keen insight into this man's lost direction!

    Thanks a million Eric!

    P.S. Note to Joe:

    hey dude, ur loozin ur mobbles... dont be such a sour loozer...

    December 4, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Patrick Curry Livingston, TX

    I find it interesting that a man who cheated in law school is talking about trust. Kind of like Bill Clinton talking about abstinence and truthfulness isn't it?

    December 4, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Patrick, New York, Ny

    Hey guys we can trust Bush Come On!!

    And lets all listen to Dan because he "lived in Tehran"

    Bush said Iran is building nuclear weapons and the report says they stopped in 2003...of course he is lying
    DUH!! This guy is the most dangerous man alive

    December 4, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. S Carey, Sacramento, CA

    The great Senator from Delaware speaks the truth, and has from the beginning. SOMEONE of political substance must lead the charge in getting this freakshow president and his terrorist administration out - N-O-W! A sidebar - the comment from Dana P at the White House is once again disrespectful and moronic. Good Lord, can't they find ANYONE over there who gets it?!? Where did they find this little brainless twinkie?

    And, Eric, my friend, is everyone in the "republic of texas" as dimwitted as you appear to be?

    December 4, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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