Obama would go to war to prevent Iran getting a nuclear weapon, Biden reaffirmed in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
"The president of the United States cannot, and does not, bluff," Biden told the lobbyists. That statement is evidently a rebuttal of the Republican charge that Obama is "leading from behind," and that threats towards Iran are all talk.
"Even as circumstances have changed, one thing has not: our deep commitment to the security of the state of Israel," Biden said. "That will not change as long as I and he are president and vice president of the United States. It's in our naked self-interest, beyond the moral imperative."
Biden tactfully didn't mention Hagel, who was a controversial Defense Sec. nominee because of past comments about the power of the "Jewish lobby." But the veep did tell AIPAC that they'd have "be happy" with new Sec. of State John Kerry.
Biden added that the president is "particularly looking forward to having a chance to hear directly from the people of Israel" during his trip to the country next month.