Archive for Saturday, February 7, 2009

Biden will set U.S. tone in European trip

February 7, 2009


— En route to a security conference in Germany, Vice President Joe Biden warned Friday that the United States faces daunting economic and security problems in Afghanistan and will need help from allies to deal with them.

“We’ve got to make Afghanistan the world’s responsibility, not just the United States’ responsibility,” Biden told a House Democratic retreat before heading to Munich as the new administration’s first envoy to Europe.

Afghanistan will be high on Biden’s priority list at the security conference, where he will speak to the gathering of world leaders today and conduct bilateral meetings with Russia, Georgia, Germany, France and Britain. He will be joined by retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser.

The U.S. has some 33,000 soldiers in Afghanistan, and Obama is expected to send another 30,000 this year as his administration shifts its focus from the war in Iraq to the Afghan conflict.


lounger 9 years, 2 months ago

O.K. now I feel like we have someone (Biden) who can at least present logic for ending these wars. Such a change from the previous war mongers in the white house that I have to pinch myself sometimes to remember we have diplomats at the helm again-Thank God!!!

bearded_gnome 9 years, 2 months ago

I can hardly wait for Biden's flubs on this trip! this guy is incredible. if he were a republican, the media/fringies would be making jokes about his stupidity. wonder whom he will offend with a good flub, like his comment about Indian immigrants. "stand up Chuck ...Oh my God!"

jonas_opines 9 years, 2 months ago

"if he were a republican, the media/fringies would be making jokes about his stupidity."Have you not been paying attention Gnome?

jonas_opines 9 years, 2 months ago

Watching you kick and whine? Probably. After all, "Their Guy" is in office, so they get to be just as smug as their opposites were when "Their Guy" was in office.

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