Biden Does Damage Control With European Leaders After Hagel’s Policy Flub

Photo Credit: marcnVice President Joseph R. Biden assured European leaders Saturday that the U.S. is not pursuing a policy of “containment” toward Iran, two days after U.S. Defense secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel mistakenly characterized the Obama administration’s policy.

“As President Obama has made clear to Iranian leaders, our policy is not containment — it is not containment,” Mr. Biden said at the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany. “It is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”

During his confirmation hearing Thursday, Mr. Hagel told the Senate Armed Services committee that the administration had a policy of “containment” toward the Iranian regime. After an aide slipped him a note minutes later, Mr. Hagel corrected himself and said, “We don’t have a position on containment.

That comment prompted Chairman Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, to remind Mr. Hagel that the U.S. does indeed have a position on containment — “we do not favor containment.”

Mr. Biden didn’t mention Mr. Hagel’s stumble to the Europeans, but he did try to set the record straight. Addressing international sanctions against Iran for its nuclear ambitions, Mr. Biden said the Obama administration has “also made clear that Iran’s leaders need not sentence their people to economic deprivation and international isolation.”

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  • brabbie2002

    Oh goody – Now we have two people in the administration that have mush for brains. And they are going to let Biden, the biggest mush head, clear up what Hagel meant to say. This should be funny. Joe “The Mouth” will probably say Hagel was getting “strip searched” at the time of his containment gaffe or some other such nonsense. Talk about the blind leading the blind!

  • exile

    it is a matter of record, this administration, has broken off with our “former”allies, and aligned themselves to the enemy rogue nations that have attacked us twice on 9-11, 2001 and 2012. treason is obvious.