Democrat presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden said at a 2004 speaking engagement that he tried to get Russia to join the U.S. in the Iraq War in 2003, offering Vladimir Putin oil profits of up to $12 billion to pay off their foreign debt.
Biden said he and an unnamed Republican senator talked to Putin about the plan and that Putin was willing to entertain the idea, but that the Bush administration didn’t even respond to his idea at the time.
In a transcript of the Kennedy Library event, Biden called his efforts “creative diplomacy” and said, “Just imagine what we might have been able to do.”
In actuality, Russia opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and threatened to use its veto to prevent the use of force resolution from passing in the U.N. Russians also leaked information about the invasion to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Biden said he thought that Bush wanted to keep the oil profits for the U.S., while admitting that the U.S. didn’t go to war for oil.
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