Joe Biden is No Dick Cheney, U.S. Stands with Sovereign Ukraine

Joe Biden
In a meeting with the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk this morning at the White House, Vice President Biden reiterated that the United States stands behind Ukraine’s sovereignty.

According to a readout of the meeting, “The Vice President commended the Prime Minister for the Ukrainian government’s commitment to move forward to stabilize Ukraine and its economy. He reiterated that the United States stands firmly behind Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in ensuring Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Vice President underscored the continued strong support of the United States, and his personal support, as Ukrainians chart their own course for a democratic future.”

If anyone is keeping score, the U.S. made a show of disrespecting sovereignty when it invaded Iraq under former President Bush. Sovereignty in this context is defined as a country’s independent authority and the right to govern itself. Both President Obama and Vice President Biden have deliberately and carefully clarified that Ukraine has a right to govern itself and that the U.S. supports this right.

Vladimir Putin has also noticed this, and he has tried to excuse his actions toward Ukraine by bringing up what former President Bush did in Iraq. CNN reported that he “pointed out what he sees as a double standard by leaders in the United States and other Western countries, saying that the United States acted in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya without a U.N. resolution authorizing that action or by “twisting” U.N. resolutions.”

While in Libya, there was a U.N. resolution, the issue regarding Afghanistan can be argued both ways. However, all sane people agree that the glaring violation was the invasion of Iraq, based as it was upon a lie, and without U.N. support.

Putin doesn’t get to claim that because Bush did it, it’s okay for him. It was wrong when Bush did it and it’s wrong now. Furthermore, it is hardly a double standard when President Obama has been clear on his understanding of sovereignty, and voiced his opposition to the Iraq War in October of 2002. Saying that he was not anti-war, but rather anti-dumb war, then Senator Obama said (per NPR):

But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history. I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaida. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.

So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the president today. You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s finish the fight with bin Laden and al-Qaida, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings.

This administration is not the Bush administration, and nowhere is that more evident than their steady, calm, and effective approach to foreign policy. Only people who don’t pay attention think that there’s no difference between the parties. Obama is no Bush, and Biden is no Cheney.

14 Replies to “Joe Biden is No Dick Cheney, U.S. Stands with Sovereign Ukraine”

  1. I guess you missed that Biden voted for it. So did Hillary/Kerry. Obama did not because was not there. voted to fund however. Making this article a partisan joke at best.

  2. They knew about WMD’s. Hell I read Scott Ritters report back in the mid 90’s that said Iraq had no weapons and what they has was destroyed. The dummycrats were cowards and let the village dictate policy.

  3. The United States has consistently and persistently violated sovereign rights of foreign nations, meddling militarily, financially, politically, overtly and surreptitiously and always extremely arrogantly. This has not been done for the good of those citizens living in those lands but to support the interests of the military/corporate/industrial complex and the extremely influential and powerful people behind it.

    Anyone who truly respected ‘sovereign rights’ would not use the CIA, NSA, extra-judicial assassination, and foreign policy to further specific agendas in secret, getting away with as many lies and as little transparency as possible. They would not consistently refuse to sign international treaties against using types of weapons which cause immense harm to civilian populations; they would not support brutal regimes which brutalize their own people and muzzle a free press; they would not work against popular movements and politicians who perhaps are critical of U.S. polici…

  4. See, @r,poleet is your garden variety republican apologist, rather than admit bush jr and cheney LIED their AS$ES off to invade Iraq!, in his low intelligence mind he needs to find scapegoats to whitewash the reality! We ALL know many dems either knew the TRUTH or simply were lied to in voting to invade Iraq! But how about this!? put the blame where it belongs! at the feet of corporate america!! the military industrial complex and YOUR beloved GOP.

  5. The Clinton administration took their eye off the ball concerning terrorists, they spent too much time glued to a pointless Monica Lewinski soap opera
    Remember 9/11 everyone. That cowardly act was planned during the democrats reign. Bush and Cheney came to govt and inherited that cowardly 9/11 attack, President Bush and VP Cheney had to make some necessary and hard decisions to keep the United States and the Western world safe.
    The democrats are back in again, Obama is backing off and Putin is making his move. I fear that this weakness could cause the United States and its Allies to suffer the consequences of doing nothing again. Remember Pearl Harbour everyone.
    History has a habbit of repeating itself over and over again. Dick Cheney is a good man and he did what he thought and I also believe was right to protect America and her Allies way of life.
    The world cannot let dictators redraw the globe, period.

  6. It wasn’t the Democrats with “their eyes on Monica Lewinsky.” This was totally a Republican witchhunt. If anything, the Democrats didn’t pay enough attention. Apparently they just hoped it would go away. Oh, and BENGHAZI!

  7. LMAO I love how conservatives always try to rewrite history. The Clinton Administration kept this nation safe for eight years. After the first World Trade Center attack in 1993 (thanks for that, Daddy Bush), Clinton brought those responsible to justice and kept us safe. When the Bush Administration took over they were warned in the strongest possible terms that Al Qaeda and Bin Laden were the gravest threat the country faced, but from day one Bush was obsessed with coming up with an excuse to invade Iraq and didn’t give a damn about terrorism. He WANTED an attack on US soil so he could justify an invasion he had already planned. He deliberately chose to do nothing despite repeated urgent warnings from the CIA. I admit he probably couldn’t imagine an attack on the scope that happened on 9/11, but he was probably the happiest man in the country when the attack came. And then, just to make sure that bin Laden was not captured too soon, he violated his own no fly order to get the …

  8. Bin Laden family out of the country before they could be questioned about Osama’s whereabouts. Then he ignored his own generals and refused to give them the support they needed when bin Laden was pinned down at Tora Bora – again, because if bin Laden had been captured or killed quickly he wouldn’t have been able to use it to invade Iraq. He disbanded a CIA special ops unit (that Clinton formed) whose only job was tracking down bin Laden. He NEVER gave our troops in Afghanistan the materiel they needed, because he could not allow bin Laden to be captured.

    George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are the greatest war criminals this nation has ever known, and they will burn in hell for their actions.

  9. There are LIHOPs and MIHOPs who have pronounced on how very convenient 9/11 (“What we need is another Pearl Harbor”– Dick Cheney) was. I’m kind of an EIHOP (Encouraged it to…). I mean, my, the only way could have been handier would have been if the plane that went down in Shanksville had managed to come back to Washington and clock out Congress.

  10. @reflex it’s so painfully obvious your a limbaugh dido head, the nonsense you threw up here is exactly why your party is DYING! you republicans just Hate doing research on you OWN! heres a homework assignment for you Einstein! checkout a guy named PRESCOTT BUSH, george bush sr father, seems like he was a NAZI, isn’t that SHOCKING?????? NO!

  11. @Starr, excellent post but lets be specific, the bush jr, administration staged the WHOLE 911 supposedly ”terror attack” our own government MURDERED ALL those people in those buildings and those jet liners! this american empire is truly EVIL! now that’s being blunt.

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