Joe Biden was a U.S. senator from Delaware for many years.

Back in June 1996, an attack on the Khobar Towers complex in Saudi Arabia killed 19 American troops.

The terrorist attack was later blamed on Iran and its Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Biden claimed that the attack was an “act of war.”

He went on to say that there should be no restraints on the U.S. taking action against Iran

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Blame had not yet been fully assessed when Biden joined Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah in an Aug. 4, 1996, interview with Sam Donaldson of ABC’s “This Week.”

Biden at that time said the U.S. had the right to respond to the attack.

“[The United States] could take whatever action it deems appropriate,” Biden said at the time, according to a video of the broadcast.

“They yield their sovereignty [if they are behind the attack] … It’s an act of war,” he said.

A far different attitude was in evidence when Biden, now a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, issued a statement following the drone strike in Iraq that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

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