Former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s support of the Iraq War has caused him problems in his run for presidency, so he has begun lying by claiming he opposed the war early on.
Despite Biden supporting the war until 2005, he said in the second Democratic presidential debate on July 31: “I did make a bad judgment, trusting the president saying he was only doing this to get inspectors in and get the U.N. to agree to put inspectors in. From the moment ‘shock and awe’ started, from that moment, I was opposed to the effort, and I was outspoken as much as anyone at all in the Congress and the administration.”
And then again, in an interview with NPR on September 3rd, Biden said: “President George W. Bush “got them in, and before we know it, we had a ‘shock and awe.’ Immediately, the moment it started, I came out against the war at that moment.”
Even though he lied about his support for the Iraq War multiple times, The Washington Post fact checker refused to give him any Pinocchios because his campaign claimed that Biden simply “misspoke.” The Washington Post outlined how it was not until 2005 that he said his vote for the war was a mistake, but “Even when he finally said in 2005 that the vote was a mistake, he again faulted Bush for how he waged the war, not the decision to start it in the first place. Not until 2008, when he was Obama’s running mate, did he forthrightly say the war should not have been fought.”
Clearly, The Washington Post is playing favorites here. Even if Biden somehow managed to misspeak multiple times by claiming, and describing in detail, how he opposed the war initialing, zero Pinocchios is an extremely generous rating.