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An Interview With Stephen Zunes: Joe Biden, The Iraq War, Rewriting History & Beyond

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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Show Notes

WORTH THE PRICE? Joe Biden and the Launch of the Iraq War The Real News Network - Short Doc (Stephen Features)

Joe Biden Was Instrumental in Launching the Iraq War The Real News Network

Western Saraha

JOINT DECLARATION The Kingdom of Morocco, the United States of America and the State of Israel

Proclamation on Recognizing The Sovereignty Of The Kingdom Of Morocco Over The Western Sahara 2020

Gen. Mark Milley in Syria to Support U.S. Troops WSJ Gordon Lubold March 4, 2023

Israel 6 Day War- Occupied Territories

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

Roll Call Vote 102nd Congress - 1st Session 1991 Gulf War Vote

Where Biden Is (and Isn’t) Turning Back Trump’s Israel Policies NYT By Giovanni Russonello May 17, 2021

Nuclear weapons at a glance: Israel Research Briefing Published Thursday, 28 July, 2022 UK Parliament

Pope condemns any war on Iraq Monday, January 13, 2003 CNN

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Washington, D.C. November 13, 2002

JULY 31, 2002 U.S. Military Action Against Iraq, Day 1 Joe Biden Chairman

AUGUST 1, 2002 U.S. Military Action Against Iraq, Day 2 Joe Biden Chairman

The Case Against War A rebuttal to eight arguments put forward by proponents of an invasion of Iraq STEPHEN ZUNES The Nation SEPTEMBER 12, 2002

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)

To Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq House

Passed the House on October 10, 2002 (296–133)

Transcript: Obama's Speech Against The Iraq War January 20, 2009

2002 Barack Obama Interview: Against Iraq

Obama's 2002 Speech Against the War, Delivered by Supporters

Sir Tony Blair knighthood: More than one million sign 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

H.J.Res.114 - Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 107th Congress (2001-2002)

Fact check: Biden again dishonestly suggests he opposed the Iraq War from the beginning By Daniel Dale January 6, 2020 CNN

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

22 March, 2003, 20:47 BBC Anti-war protests span the globe

France and Germany unite against Iraq war Staff and agencies Wed 22 Jan 2003 The Guardian

Biden addresses possible link between son’s fatal brain cancer and toxic military burn pits Health Jan 10, 2018 PBS

Biden administration authorizes $2.5 billion in arms sales to Egypt despite human rights concerns Jennifer Hansler By Jennifer Hansler, CNN January 25, 2022

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

Cluster bombs: Biden defends decision to send Ukraine controversial weapons BBC 8th July 2023

NOVEMBER 22, 2021 Nearly 3/4 of the World’s Dictators Receive US Weapons and Military Assistance BY MATTHEW HOH

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Addresses Media in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 7, 2023 March 7, 2023

Pentagon chief, on surprise trip, says US troops to stay in Iraq In Baghdad, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin pledges continued US troop presence in fight against ISIL Al-Jazeera

Western Sahara profile Published 31 January 2023 BBC

Biden campaign, Blinken orchestrated intel letter to discredit Hunter Biden laptop story, ex-CIA official says April 21, 2023 In The News Brooke Singman House Gov

Antony Blinken: ‘Spies who lie’ letter ‘wasn’t my idea, didn’t ask for it’ — still refuses to call Hunter laptop real By Steven Nelson May 1, 2023 NY Post

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