Speaking on Tuesday about the growing tensions between the United States and Iran, former Vice President Joe Biden argued that current President Donald Trump lacks a cohesive strategy for how to move forward in a way that avoids all-out war.
Biden, who is hoping to become the Democratic nominee for president and unseat Trump in this year’s election contest, criticized Trump for having “no strategy” and “no endgame” with regard to recent actions involving an order to assassinate Iran’s top military official, Qasem Soleimani, late last week.
The former vice president also cited “constant mistakes” made by Trump as confounding the possibility for peace in the near future.
“No one wants war,” Biden said, adding that, with Trump remaining in office, there’s a good chance we could end up there “by accident,” CBS News reported. Biden added that diplomacy must be given a chance to achieve peace in the region — something that Trump doesn’t seem interested in pursuing at this time.
Joe Biden: "Donald Trump does not have the authority to go to war with Iran without congressional authorization."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 7, 2020
Biden made clear that he understood Iran wasn’t a friend to America.
“I have no illusions about Iran,” he said. “The regime has long sponsored terrorism and threatened our interests. They’ve ruthlessly killed hundreds of protesters, and they should be held accountable for their actions.”
But Biden also explained that the way Trump was doing things was dangerous.
“There is a smart way to counter them, and a self-defeating way. Trump’s approach is demonstrably the latter,” Biden said.
Biden’s insistence that Trump has no strategy when it comes to Iran matches the American people’s attitudes and thinking on Trump’s recent actions as well.
According to a HuffPost/YouGov poll released this week, only 35 percent of registered voters in America think Trump has a strategy when it comes to how to deal with Iran, while 51 percent say there isn’t a strategy in place. Fifty-three percent also disapprove of Trump’s handling of foreign policy in general, the poll found.