I do not support Joe Biden for president. Not because I have anything against Joe Biden, but because I think it is time for a well qualified and well prepared woman to be POTUS.
I had noticed that in the continuation of how Hillary Clinton had been treated, compared to men presidential candidates, no one had mentioned the vote for the invasion of Iraq (which never existed), in regards to Joe Biden. Well, someone has mentioned it now, and I suspect it is a Sanders supporter. As I have attempted to explain to people who have not actually read H.J. Res. 114, the resolution was not a war resolution, but rather a peace resolution that the Bush administration along with congressional republicans and the press (both liberal and conservative) promoted as a war resolution AFTER it passed. It was actually sold BEFORE it was passed as a peace resolution for the United States Congress to show the United Nations that they supported President Bush in his effort to persuade the United Nations Security Council to approve sending weapons inspectors back to Iraq to give an accounting of WMD we knew Iraq once had, because they got them from the USA.
Ironically, the first time the mischaracterization of H.J. Res. 114 was used against a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination was when presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama used it against Senator Hillary Clinton in 2008, to promote the notion that he had superior judgement. Senator Obama initially said that if he had been in Congress at the time of the vote for H.J. Res. 114, he would have voted against it. He later said, after he won the nomination, that he did not know how he would have voted. Presidents, including George W Bush and Barack Obama, have stated that they do not need congressional approval to use military force if there is imminent danger to the USA. Bush only sought congressional approval in the form of H.J. Res. 114 to give the appearance of congressional support when he went before the U.N. in 2002 to request weapons inspectors be sent back to Iraq to determine the status of their WMD.
Both Clinton and Biden have since, apologized for their votes for H.J. Res. 114 because they did not think at the time that President Bush would use it as an excuse to invade Iraq. The irony is that now the vote is being used against President Obama’s vice president in the same manner he used it against his 2008 primary opponent. Of course the claim of a vote to invade Iraq may not have the same impact against Biden as it had against Clinton, because Biden is a man and Americans have more confidence in a man as POTUS than they do in a woman as POTUS.