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January 26, 2009


Christina Bellantoni, Washington Times - Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Sunday that there will be an "uptick" in American casualties in Afghanistan as the U.S. military increases its presence in that country, which he characterized as "a real mess."

The vice president's prediction prompted outrage from liberal antiwar groups who characterized it as "cavalier," although a leading scholar at a Washington neoconservative think tank called the Biden remarks an overdue recognition of reality. . .

Mr. Biden, in an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation" conducted from his home in Wilmington, Del., said the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated, blaming a "failure to provide sufficient resources - economic, political and military - as well as failure to get a coherent policy among our allies - economically and politically and in terms of the military resources." . . .

"The bottom line here is, we've inherited a real mess. We're about to go in and try to essentially reclaim territory that's been effectively lost," Mr. Biden said. "There are going to be some additional military forces. There are going to be additional efforts to train their police and to train their Afghan army. And all of that means we're going to be engaging the enemy more now." . . .

CBS host Bob Schieffer asked Mr. Biden whether his comments mean more American casualties should be expected. "I hate to say it, but yes, I think there will be. There will be an uptick. Because as the commander in Afghanistan said, he said, 'Joe, we will get this done, but we're going to be engaging the enemy much more,'" the vice president said.


Blogger Lars said...

So just a brief stopover in Afghanistan for combat troops being withdrawn from Iraq? Sounds lovely. Thanks for all the change guys, good luck getting those pesky Facebook accounts to work at the Whitehouse.

January 26, 2009 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm sorry to inform you that we, the wealthpower giants and those who carry their water for them, are not going to stop our warmongering at will nor our cannonfoddering of your sons and daughters to keep the free lunch rolling for those who own the earth and nearly all the works of mankind upon it."

Fuck you, Biden. Fuck all of you stratospherically powerful and wealthy traitors to this nation.

January 27, 2009 10:31 AM  

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