Former Bush Adviser: Joe’s ‘Got It Wrong’, Obama Administration Trying to Revise History

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JOE BIDEN, U.S. VICE PRESIDENT: When we took office let me remind you there was virtually no international pressure on Iran. We were the problem. We were diplomatically isolated in the world, in the region, in Europe. The international pressure on Iran was stuck in neutral.


GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Stephen Hadley is a former international security adviser for President George W. Bush and he joins me.


VAN SUSTEREN: The vice president said when they took office virtually no international pressure on Iran.

HADLEY: Look, I have a lot of respect for the vice president. I like him. On this one he has just got it wrong. The United States was leading. The institutions that they are using now were actually forged and put together in the Bush administration. We worked through the IAEA board of governors. This is the International Atomic Energy Agency. We got the over 40 members of that group to routinely condemn Iran, call for the suspension of its enrichment. We worked for the U.N. Security Council. We got three U.N. Security Council resolutions on Iran sanctions, one of them after that very difficult 2007 national intelligence estimate that said Iran had stopped their weaponization or suspended their weaponization activities. We were able to put the consensus back together.

This P5 plus one, the permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany that is going to be meeting with the Iranians, this was the creation of the Bush administration. Secretary Paulson went around to the banks in Europe and said you ought not to deal with the Iranian agent banks because they are likely to be laundering money to terror and to proliferation.

Stewart Levy, the poster child for the sanctions effort, was a Bush administration appointee kept on by the Obama administration.

So, look, the truth is we left them tools. I have been the first to say they have done a good job with those tools. They have gotten a lot of mileage out of the sanctions. They can take credit for that. They don’t need to rewrite history and tell the world and tell the country they weren’t left with anything. It is simply not true.