US Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday attacked Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney for being "ready to go to war" in Syria and Iran, according to NBC News.
Biden's comments came amid ongoing speculation that the Obama government and the Netanyahu government were not in sync on the Iranian nuclear program.
to what he says about foreign policy. You caught some of it in his
speech [at the Republican National Convention]," NBC News quoted Biden as saying in a
sweeping condemnation of Romney's foreign policy strategy. "He said it
was a mistake to end the war in Iraq and bring all of our warriors home.
He said it was a mistake to set an end date for our warriors in
Afghanistan and bring them home. He implies by the speech that he's
ready to go to war in Syria and Iran. He wants to move from cooperation
to confrontation with Putin's Russia."
Biden is only the latest
senior US official to speak publicly about the US position on Iran. Last
week, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of
Staff, said that an Israeli attack could only delay Iran's nuclear program, and he did not "want to be complicit" in an Israeli military action.
Also Sunday, US ambassador Dan Shapiro was forced to issue a denial that there was any crisis between Netanyahu and Obama.
to Channel 2, Shapiro said the "narrative in the media" about a
diplomatic crisis does not "reflect the very close coordination and very
intense work we've done together to address an issue that we perceive
the same way, which is the importance of preventing Iran from acquiring
Asked why the US did not give the Iranians a
clear ultimatum – stop the nuclear program "or else" – Shapiro replied:
"I think there is no mistaking what the US is prepared to do." Shapiro
said that Obama and Netanyahu, as well as their "teams," speak
regularly, and that the relationship "at the top" is "just what it needs
The US envoy denied a Yediot Ahronot report Friday of a heated exchange with Netanyahu over the Iranian issue where "sparks flew" during a recent meeting with visiting US Congressman Mike Rogers.
is a very silly story," Shapiro said. "The published account of that
meeting did not reflect what actually occurred at the meeting. The
conversations were entirely friendly and professional, they always are. I
always speak respectfully with the prime minister, just as the prime
minister always speaks respectfully with me."
Herb Keinon contributed to this report.