WHEN GOING to war against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was popular, Joe Biden was for going to war.
In the fall of 2001, when he was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden argued that war with Iraq was inevitable and that the United States should "tighten the noose" around Saddam's neck and assemble a coalition to depose him. In a speech early in 2002, he said it was imperative "to end the regime one way or another" and called Saddam's overthrow essential to winning the war on terror. That fall, voting to authorize George W. Bush to order military action in Iraq, Biden declared that "Saddam must be dislodged from power." In February 2003, he reiterated his support: "I supported the resolution to go to war. I am NOT opposed to war to remove weapons of mass destruction from Iraq. I am NOT opposed to war to remove Saddam."
As the US attack got underway in March, Biden strongly endorsed the operation. "I support the president. I support the troops," he said on CNN. Four months later, his resolve hadn't weakened.
Today, running for president in a party that has moved sharply to the left, Biden is busily rewriting history. He falsely insists that he opposed the Iraq war "from the very moment" it started. . . .