In todays video, I spoke to Stephen Zunes about Joe Biden's role in the Iraq war, his rewriting of history and his following years. Stephen opposed the war and wrote many articles against the war at the time. From this experience, Stephen is able to break down just how influential Biden was in making the Iraq war happen. He did not only just vote for the Iraq war, when many democrats did not, he was the Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the time. This meant he could of used his position to prevent the war, but instead he strongly supported it. In recent years, Biden has tried to rewrite his position on the Iraq war and Stephen breaks down these lies.
Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized as one the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and of strategic nonviolent action, Professor Zunes serves as a senior policy analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, and a contributing editor of Tikkun.
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Stephen Zunes Links
Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory illegal: UN rights commission Palestinian women walk by Israel's barrier near Ramallah in the West Bank. IRIN/Shabtai Gold Palestinian women walk by Israel's barrier near Ramallah in the West Bank UN 20 October 2022
Stephen Zunes Articles Against The Iraq War (At The Time)
Roll Call Vote 107th Congress - 2nd Session XMLVote Summary Question: On the Joint Resolution (H.J.Res. 114 ) October 11, 2002 Passed the Senate on October 11, 2002 (77–23)
Passed the House on October 10, 2002 (296–133)
Sir Tony Blair knighthood: More than one million sign Change.org petition calling for ex-prime minister to have honour removed There is opposition to Sir Tony Blair's appointment as a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter due to his record while in 10 Downing Street, including the 2003 military invasion of Iraq By Greg Heffer, political reporter Saturday 8 January 2022 Sky
15 FEBRUARY 2003 On 15 February 2003, anti-war rallies took place across the globe – the largest occurring in Rome, Italy where a crowd of 3 million gathered to protest the USA’s threat to invade Iraq. Police figures report that millions more demonstrated in nearly 600 cities worldwide - Guiness World Records
Saudi Crown Prince Is Held Responsible for Khashoggi Killing in U.S. Report But the Biden administration stopped short of directly penalizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, calculating that the risk of damaging American interests was too great By Julian E. Barnes and David E. Sanger Feb. 26, 2021 NYT