Bernie Sanders’ Opposition To Iraq War Is Complicated: Report | Morning Joe | MSNBC Bernie Sanders’ Opposition To Iraq War Is Complicated: Report | Morning Joe | MSNBCDo not support legislation that will allow the president of the United States to unleash a unilateral attack against Iraq. What are the differences that Joe it? I have it. I reckon voting for that War. I helped lead the opposition to the war which of the toll this. After 2002, when the Congress was debating whether or not we go into a war in Iraq invade a rock, I got up on the floor of the house, and I said that would be a disaster. It would lead to unprecedented levels of Chaos in the region and I not only voted against the wall, we’ll be up against that wall.
I listen very carefully and I concluded that they weren’t lying through their teeth. 27 Paseo Senator Bernie Sanders often tells his opposition to the Iraq War and has used that against his presidential Rivals. But NBC News, correspondent, Heidi przybilla, is here with new reporting. Listen to the Iraq War was more complicated than he presents. So how did you find out? The war is really something that Bernie has used to distinguish himself more than anything else from other candidates.
So we decided to take a closer look at his statement. Sanders voting record from the time and what we found was it while Bernie voted the same or voted differently than other Democrats. He actually looked at the same intelligence and made the same conclusion Mika, and that was that the rat from at that time was not imminent and that the United States should work with you, and these are very similar comments. That other democrats, for example, like Joe Biden, we’re making and that Bernie’s real focus at that time, not on the questioning, intelligent, it’s real Focus was on the unilateral strike.
He did not want to see a unilateral strike by the United States. He didn’t want us to act alone and the difference of course, and it’s a big difference, was in how they vote Ed and Bernie. As you saw, it really did go to the mat to say that unilateral strike would be a big mistake, but there also is some evidence here in his voting record that he wasn’t completely against the idea of war in fat. He voted for amendments makeup that was very similar to one that Joe Biden fought really hard for in the Senate that many viewed at the time as a substitute for war.
It really allowed President Bush to go to the UN and then I’m back and potentially act unilaterally. If he didn’t get you and support – and you say you know, a lot of anti-war Democrats voted. That way, however, make up some of the Democrats, who are most Against The Wharf. Did not they oppose this amendment and I spoke with them like representative, Barbara Lee and she said to me quote some members and she was out talking about Bernie just talking in general. Democrats with the time.
Remember, everybody was scared, they thought. Maybe a rock really did have WM. She said some members quote wanted it both ways. We had enough information to know there were no weapons there, and so the Sanders campaign says look. This was a way to stop the war, but when I went back and looked at the coverage of the time at that Amendment, it really was for Democrats who wanted to message. It was a messaging tool to say to their constituents while we’re not completely against the war, we’re just for War under the right circumstances, which is with you and support.
Alright interesting Jonathan Lemire, Bernie Sanders seems to get away with the details. Sometimes all the way through, even if he’s not crap, sling naming price tags and how much some of his proposals are going to cost undecided. Is this going to impact them at all in your estimation. Clair? How it will impact his supporters, but remember his demographic? Is a lot of younger voters who actually run around for this war, will remember how the beer, at the time of potential wnd really did permeate the discourse and how? This really was not unusual.
For many Democrats, including Bernie, to believe the Bush Administration that there were wmd and in fact it wasn’t until 2003 – Sanders really started to question whether that intelligence was being manipulated. So when he makes these comments like I knew they were lying from the start. When I went back to the Sanders campaign and ask what was he talking about because I can’t find any record of them questioning wmd, they said while he was referring to the fact that the threat was not imminent, fair enough.
But that is the same as many other Democrats. At the time I found comments from Joe Biden, for example, stressing in a stage right before the vote saying the war. The threat of wmd is not is not imminent, and my vote for this resolution is to strengthen President Bush’s hand and going to the you at so you see the objective was the same in terms of getting you and buying. The vote was very different. Bernie was very skeptical and very vocal. He did go all over television and engage in debate and say this is a big mistake.
That’S a big distinction with some democrats, for example like Hillary Clinton, who did go on the floor and say they’re rebuilding their weapons stockpile, for instance, Heidi przybilla. Thank you very much, we’ll be reading your new reporting at nbcnews. com MSNBC on YouTube and make sure you subscribe to stay up-to-date on the day’s biggest stories, and you can click on any of the videos around us to watch more for Morning Joe and MSNBC. Thanks.Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has for years cast his opposition to the Iraq War as near-absolute, but a review into his record shows that his position wasn’t as absolute as he claims. Heidi Przybyla discusses her reporting. Aired on 2/17/2020.
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