Is President Biden a War Criminal?

Debra Sweet | August 15, 2022

What do you think? Read the charges here from the new posting on our War Criminals Watch website.

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Name: Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.
Born: November 20, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania
Profession: Attorney, U.S. Senator
Biden Administration Position: 46th President of the United States

War Crime Charges:

• The Biden administration hasn’t pressed for prosecution of war criminals, including those
pardoned by his predecessor, preferring to "look forward" rather than backward.

• Senator Biden supported the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, without approval of the
UN Security Council, causing at least 488 civilian deaths.

• Biden was a strong supporter of the War in Afghanistan under what he called a
counterterrorism mission, saying “Whatever it takes, we should do it.”

• As head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (2001—2003), Biden called Iraqi president Saddam Hussein “a threat to national security” and vowed to "eliminate" that threat.

• Biden voted in favor of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq,
approving the U.S. invasion based on Iraq's fictional possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

• As Vice President, Biden said Iraq "could be one of the great achievements of this [Obama]
administration.”

• Biden favored arming Syria's rebel fighters with a covert weapons supply and training program. Before CIA operation Timber Sycamore was phased out in 2017, many of the assault rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades reportedly found their way into the Middle East's black market.

• February 25, 2021 marked the first known military action by now President Biden’s administration, minus congressional authorization, in response to Iranian-backed rocket attacks on U.S. forces in Syria. The 1973 War Powers Act requires the president to get that authorization within 90 days of commencement — a deadline passed during the Obama administration.

• In May 2021, Biden expressed his support for Israel, despite UN Human Rights Council determination that Israeli settlements were in violation of the absolute prohibition against “settler implantation” in the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

• Presidents Obama’s and Trump’s armed drones program continues under the Biden administration. During the U.S. withdrawal of remaining soldiers and Afghan refugees from Kabul at the end of August 2021, a U.S. drone killed 10 Afghan civilians; seven of the ten civilian victims were children. Biden has pledged to conduct “over-the-horizon” counterterrorism operations with drones to replace soldiers and pilots, disregarding national boundaries. Biden stopped drone attacks in Somalia in 2021, then resumed them in 2022. On August 1, 2022, after ordering the illegal killing of Ayman al Zawahiri, he asserted that the United States would “take out” anyone, anywhere in the world who presented a threat to U.S. people.

• September 15, 2021, Biden announced a security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (AUKUS), to ensure "peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific over the long term.” The deal will help Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, contradicting the 2009 Australian Defense White Paper that stated: "The Government has ruled out nuclear propulsion for these submarines.”

• From 2015, when Biden was Vice President, to now as President, the U.S. has been and remains the largest funder, supporter, and military partner of Saudi Arabia's genocidal war on Yemen, with an estimated 24 million people suffering the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.

• In spite of fears that Vladimir V. Putin may resort to tactical nuclear weapons to complete his conquest of Ukraine, President Biden pledged to send more destroyers, air defense systems and troops to Poland in the coming months. The Pentagon said it will also "enhance its rotational deployments — which include armored, aviation, air defense, and special operations forces" to the Baltic region. Since Russia's February invasion, the U.S. has deployed 20,000 additional forces to Europe, bringing the total to over 100,000. U.S. "Security Assistance" looks a whole lot like war with Russia over a sovereign state, no matter who is invited to the showdown.

• In 2022 Biden, breaking a campaign promise, backed use of nuclear weapons to deter non-nuclear threats by other nations, retaining the threat of "first-strike" use of nukes, contributing to what the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists measures as 100 seconds to midnight, an unthinkable use of nuclear weapons with the potential to destroy the planet and life on it. The Biden administration is “modernizing” the U.S. nuclear arsenal.