Eighteen years later, Iraq war vote hovers over Democratic presidential politics

2020 Democratic front-runner Joe Biden’s Iraq War vote in 2002 is resonating 18 years later, making him the latest candidate forced to explain the post-9/11 decision giving the Bush administration permission to invade the Middle Eastern country.

Biden, 77, voted to authorize U.S. forces against Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime in 2002 but later changed his position. As President Barack Obama’s No. 2, Biden oversaw the withdrawal of almost 150,000 troops from the country in 2011, a move critics argue facilitated the rise of the Islamic State.

The former vice president told a voter in Iowa this month that he was against the conflict “from the very moment” it
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