Just over two years ago, on September 2, 2012, Vice President Joe Biden said that Mitt Romney was "ready to go to war in Syria and Iran." Biden then said that Romney's foreign policy stances made him "out of touch." He even chastised Romney's critiques of troop withdraws from Iraq, as National Review reported.
Joe Biden mocked Mitt Romney’s foreign policy during the 2012 presidential campaign — but Obama-approved air strikes in Syria, which commenced Monday evening, suggest that the administration is coming around to the position of the former GOP nominee.
"He [Romney] said it was a mistake to end the war in Iraq and bring all of our warriors home," Biden told an audience in York, Penn., on Sept. 2, 2012. "He said it was a mistake to set an end date for our warriors in Afghanistan and bring them home. He implies by the speech that he’s ready to go to war in Syria and Iran."
Last night the United States and its allies, under the leadership of President Obama, launched airstrikes and Tomahawk missiles against targets in Syria, according to the Associated Press.
The airstrikes against Islamic State targets were carried out in the city of Raqqa and other areas in eastern Syria. The strikes were part of the expanded military campaign that Obama authorized nearly two weeks ago in order to disrupt and destroy the Islamic State militants, who have slaughtered thousands of people, beheaded Westerners - including two American journalists - and captured large swaths of Syria and northern and western Iraq.
The airstrikes began around 8:30 p.m. EDT. Central Command said the U.S. fired 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles from aboard the USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea, operating from international waters in the Red Sea and the northern Persian Gulf. U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fighter jets, drones and bombers also participated.