Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sounds Like US Escalation in Afghanistan Coming

Vice President Joe Biden appeared this morning on CBS' "Face the Nation."

In response to a question from host Bob Schieffer, Biden said, "I hate to say it, but yes, I think...there will be an uptick [in American casualties]. 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 Obama administration has "inherited a real mess," Biden said. "We're about to go in and try to essentially reclaim territory that's been effectively lost." The training of Afghan police and military personnel has been problematic, he said. "Some of our allies who have committed to train these troops did not do them well," Biden said.

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