Obama Considers Adopting the “Biden Plan” in Afghanistan

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who spoke Tuesday in National Harbor, Md., wants to scale back troops in Afghanistan.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who spoke Tuesday in National Harbor, Md., wants to scale back troops in Afghanistan.

New York Times/Peter Baker & Elisabeth Bumiller—President Obama is exploring alternatives to a major troop increase in Afghanistan, including a plan advocated by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to scale back American forces and focus more on rooting out Al Qaeda there and in Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.

The options under review are part of what administration officials described as a wholesale reconsideration of a strategy the president announced with fanfare just six months ago. Two new intelligence reports are being conducted to evaluate Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials said.

The sweeping reassessment has been prompted by deteriorating conditions on the ground, the messy and still unsettled outcome of the Afghan elections and a dire report by Mr. Obama’s new commander, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal. Aides said the president wanted to examine whether the strategy he unveiled in March was still the best approach and whether it could work with the extra combat forces General McChrystal wants.

In looking at other options, aides said, Mr. Obama might just be testing assumptions — and assuring liberals in his own party that he was not rushing into a further expansion of the war — before ultimately agreeing to the anticipated troop request from General McChrystal. But the review suggests the president is having second thoughts about how deeply to engage in an intractable eight-year conflict that is not going well.

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4 responses to “Obama Considers Adopting the “Biden Plan” in Afghanistan

  1. betsmeier

    I have mixed emotions on this one. Chris Matthews feels that it’s a moral thing. I believe he stated (I was half listening because I was doing something) Anyway, Chris thinks as long as there is a problem with the election that morally we should leave, and do as Biden suggested. I don’t know what to think.

    • audiegrl

      I’m not that hawkish or informed on the Afghanistan war. But historically, if Alexander the Great could not conquer the region, what makes us think that we can? Didn’t I hear that Bin Laden was in Pakistan? Again, I have no real knowledge of this topic, but it sure would be nice to go back to the days when America was not a war with anyone. Maybe that’s too simple a view, but I’ll hope for it anyway. 🙂

  2. betsmeier

    Boy are you right. My only wish is to capture Bin Laden. And I think you’re right, he’s in Pakistan. This whole mess started with Bush. Had it been done right in the beginning then we wouldn’t have these problems right now.

    • audiegrl

      I want us to capture him too. The folks that lost their lives on 9/11 and their families deserve to see that madman punished for all the pain he caused. It just seems like after 8 years over there, no one has a clear vision on how we are going to get out. One of the things I criticized McCain for was his inability to say what ‘winning’ a war really meant in today’s world. President Obama needs to clarify that for me too. Because until he does, it is hard to support the notion of us being over there and the loss of more lives. I think that this is the longest war America has ever been in. We all need some answers.

      I could give less than a crap about the Republicans saying he is weak on terrorism. They don’t get to give advice about wars or terrorism anymore. They have no credibility on that subject.

      p.s. Condi Rice needs to go back to whatever else she was doing in California. It was her job to make sure the memo saying that Bin Laden was going to attack the US got attention, and she ignored it. So she has zero credibility too.

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