Voting to send your nation to war is a huge deal. It is arguably one of the most solemn, most important decisions a member of a government can make. Such a decision has such obvious national and international repercussions that they need not be listed. Men and woman will be ripped from their civilian lives, sent to g-d knows where to do g-d knows what, all to make sure the rest of us can sleep safely in our beds at night or live our lives without fear. People will die, lives will be destroyed, and destruction will rain down on people, some of whom may have had little or nothing to do with what caused the conflict.
Can you imagine what would have happened if a Republican had said this? First, the media would have trotted out doctors to talk about the warning sign of memory loss and dementia. His medical condition would have been brought into question with people asking if he was healthy enough to continue or if he should step aside. Second, they would have paraded injured veterans and the family members of the fallen on camera to ask how their sacrifice could be so meaningless as to not be worthy of even remembering he sent them there on a mission in the first place.
I honestly do not know what would be worse, if Biden just forgot or if he tried to score a few political points by pretending he did not. Either way it is really troubling.
"Vice President Joe Biden accused Rep. Paul Ryan of putting two wars on the “credit card,” and then suggested he voted against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“I was there, I voted against them,” Biden continued. “I said, no, we can’t afford that.”
Then Sen. Biden voted for the Afghanistan resolution on Sept. 14, 2001 which authorized “the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States.”
And on Oct. 11, 2002, Biden voted for a resolution authorizing unilateral military action in Iraq, according to the Washington Post."