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Biden Says He Won’t Completely Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan And The Middle East

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that if he wins the election in November, he will not fully withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Biden told Stars and Stripes Thursday he supported a continued presence of up to 2,000 ground troops throughout the region for executing operations against ISIS and other terror threats, Axios reported. U.S. troops have been in the region since the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

“These forever wars have to end,” Biden told the military paper. “But here’s the problem, we still have to worry about terrorism.”

Biden also said that he did not favor cuts to U.S. defense spending, citing the need to deter “near-peer” powers like China and Russia.

Biden’s position stands in contrast to many progressives who support a full withdrawal of American troops from the region.

Though “Biden is on the conservative side of where the party is,” said Matt Duss, a foreign policy advisor to Sen. Bernie Sanders, he is “very engaged in the conversation” and “very aware of where the party is moving,” he told Axios.

Biden’s position also differs from President Donald Trump, who has opposed American troops’ continued presence in the region as well, Axios reported.

Biden’s stance reinforces comments that he made during a January Democratic presidential primary debate where he said that he thought it would be a “mistake to pull out the small number of troops that are there now to deal with ISIS,” according to Axios.

Biden has not always supported military intervention during his 36 years in the Senate. He voted against the first Gulf War in 1991 but voted for the Iraq War in 2003, Axios reported.

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2 comments

  1. “Biden”….What a cute name for a puppy dog….One that was ‘for’ before he was ‘against’ and against before he was for. Examples; Trump goes to a location for a rally, “Biden” trails pathetically after….Trump says the Afghanistan troop draw down will be approx 1/3rd there now….next day, little “Biden” says he’ll leave 2000.
    These are just in the last 3 days!!!

    Let’s be honest….Biden is an old man that has spent a lifetime ‘wanting’ to be President and this is the last big item on his bucket list. He is as conservative or progressive as his handles want on all issues.His desperation is obvious when he ignores his living son and uses his dead son Bo in speeches and commericials….His team should be ashamed of causing him to relive that loss.

    Question: Should he be elected, How long do you think his ‘usefullness’ to the party will last?

  2. Let me guess.. Trump is now a racist once again for wanting to bring the troops home!? Democrats are a disgusting bunch!!

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