Sen. Biden, staffer, queried on pre-war hearings

These questions took place outside of the studios of NBC News in Washington, D.C. on January 7, 2007.


Sam Husseini: Let me read you what Scott Ritter wrote on July 30th, 2002 about the hearings that you were just about to convene as head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “For Senator”–you were head of foreign relations at that time as well–”For Senator Biden’s Iraq hearings to be anything more than a political sham used to evoke a modern day Gulf of Tonkin resolution equivalent for Iraq, his committee will need to ask hard questions and demand hard facts concerning the real nature of the weapons threat posed by Iraq.” Ritter seems to obviously have been correct about this. Do you agree?

Senator Joseph Biden: What’s your question?

Husseini: Do you agree that Ritter was right about that, that you presided over hearings that didn’t ask the necessary questions–

Biden: No, I don’t agree with that. We did ask the necessary questions–

Husseini: –And, and, and in effect for a Gulf of Tonkin resolution–

Biden: No, I don’t agree with that. Your question, Mam? ...

Biden: Thank you all very much. 

Husseini: Why isn’t Ritter correct, sir? Wasn’t it in effect a Gulf of Tonkin resolution?
Tony Blinken: Have you even read the hearing transcripts?

Husseini: Yeah, I’ve read chunks of them.

Blinken: You’ve read them?

Husseini: Are you with him?

Blinken: Yeah, I’m Tony Blinken. How — you are?

Husseini: Hi Tony.

Blinken: What’s your name? I’m sorry?

Husseini: Sam Husseini, I’m with-Now, so, I’m mean what’s wrong with that? Wasn’t it, in effect, a Gulf of Tonkin resolution?

Blinken: Read the hearing transcripts–

Husseini: No, no, no! I’m talking to you–

Blinken: Every hard question was answered–

Husseini: Who was there–

Blinken: He said there was no yellowcake–

Husseini: Who? Who? Who was there–

Blinken: He said there was no aluminum tubes–

Husseini: Who was there?

[originally published on Washington Stakeout on Jan. 10, 2007; posted on Posthaven Nov. 13, 2015]