Debates 2020

Joe Biden Says He Fought the Obama Administration on Afghanistan Troop Surge—and Lost

Bernie Sanders knocked the former veep for supporting the Iraq War, while Pete Buttigieg promised to mostly withdraw the troops.

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During the Democratic debate, former Vice President Joe Biden was asked about The Washington Post's bombshell report that the Obama administration misled the public into falsely believing that U.S. military forces were achieving success in Afghanistan. Biden did not defend his old boss. Instead, he claimed he opposed the administration's plans to expand the War in Afghanistan, but lost the argument.

"Since 2009, I was on the opposite side of that," he said. "I'm the guy from the beginning who argued it was a big, big mistake to surge forces to Afghanistan. I argued against it constantly."

David Axelrod, former senior adviser to Obama, backed up Biden's account, tweeting:

Others agreed.

Good on Biden for getting this right, but the fact that he was ineffective at convincing anyone to de-escalate a massive foreign policy blunder and stop lying to the public about it is not a terrific case for his candidacy. And as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) pointed out, Biden got another major foreign policy decision completely wrong when he supported the Iraq War.

"You are also the guy who helped lead us into the disastrous war in Iraq," said Sanders. "We need to re-think the entire war on terror. We have lost thousands of brave soldiers—hundreds of thousands, if not millions, killed abroad or forced to leave."

Sanders said it was long past time to pull American troops out of these foreign wars.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg agreed with Sanders about bringing the troops home, but mentioned that he would like to keep a small number of combat forces in key strategic areas as a defense against terrorism.

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  1. We’d a won that war too if they hadn’t tossed Fredo, er Hunter out of the military.

    1. I’m not sure how, but Hunter Biden’s unique ability to drain a large geographic area of all it’s crack cocaine, and fuck all of it’s strippers, all while having his asshole fucked with a big black strap on clearly would have scored the US a decisive victory in Afghanistan.

      1. If Hunter Biden really had a black strap on that would be cultural appropriation and end Biden’s candidacy. White people should only use white strap ons!

        1. The black strap on would be dominating him. You don’t seem to be getting how this cultural appropriation thing works.

  2. Such powerful leadership qualities.
    Loser.

  3. Probably a bad strategy for Biden. Obama was by far the best President in US history, so Biden should go back to running for “Obama’s third term” like he has for most of the campaign.

    #IMissObama

  4. But Robert Gates who was wrong on every foreign policy decision of the last 20 years says Biden was wrong on every foreign policy issue?!?

  5. The clown car rolls on.

  6. “Joe Biden Says He Fought the Obama Administration on Afghanistan Troop Surge—and Lost”

    This is an OBL post, right?
    Sorry, Robbie, I hope it was one of yours lacking the /s/ tag.

  7. Biden, like Obama, Hillary,McCain, Bush, etc. will say whatever it takes to get elected. They’re all psychopaths.

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  10. Bernout’s still counting on his flock of Useful Idiots never actually looking at his war vote record.

  11. Sanders said it was long past time to pull American troops out of these foreign wars.

    South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg agreed with Sanders about bringing the troops home,

    But Tulsi is a Russian agent for saying something similar? Truly they will say anything to get elected…just like Trump.

  12. If Election 2020 is any indicator, nobody watched these debates.

    Democrats are not getting the votes they hope they are.

  13. Biden coordinated the coup and resulting conflict in Ukraine.

    In the recorded telephone conversation between Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland and Ukraine Ambassador Geoff Pratt, they are CLEARLY heard discussing the planning of the coup that ousted the democratically elected president, and the western puppets that they will install.

    Near the end you hear her saying it should earn them an “atta boy” from Biden.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CL_GShyGv3o

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