March 10th, 2009
12:30 PM ET
6 years ago

NATO plots Afghan-Pakistan strategy

Joe Biden said he heard the concerns and priorities of NATO allies.
Joe Biden said he heard the concerns and priorities of NATO allies.

(CNN) - NATO countries must create a comprehensive approach to oust al Qaeda, the Taliban and other extremists from Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday after a meeting with NATO members.

"The imperative of a comprehensive approach with a strong civilian and diplomatic effort is necessary because we know there is no purely military solution to either Afghanistan or Pakistan," Biden told reporters at a news conference after the sessions at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

The vice president was consulting with members of the North Atlantic Council, the main decision-making body within NATO, ahead of a NATO summit April 3-4 in Germany and France.

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  1. Anonymous

    Brilliant Biden at it again: "The imperative of a comprehensive approach..." He really knows how to word something! The man is a royal joke but, what's worse, a far greater joke put him into office!

    March 10, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. jaye

    I love Joe Biden, and trust him completely.

    March 10, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. becca

    I like Joe Biden, but really do we want him dealing with NATO?

    He has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth and making statements that President Obama has to always take back or disagree with.

    March 10, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Otto

    Hey Anonymous...

    Who cares if Joe put his foot into his mouth? He has a right to do that from time to time; matter fact, every word said during his eight years as president proved he had both feet in his mouth.

    Joe Biden has over 30 years experience if foreign affairs and other matters and his much smarter than Bush; a million times over.

    By the way, he has beter personality than Bush, Cheney and all their chain gang.

    March 10, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Otto

    Correction: Who cares if Joe put his foot into his mouth? He has a right to do that from time to time; matter fact, every word said during his eight years as president proved he had both feet in his mouth.

    Every word "BUSH: said...see above!

    March 10, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

    March 10, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Bill, LA

    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that those idiots in charge, Biden, Reid, Pelosi, Schumer and yes the great "Himself" (obama) would have told us there was no military solution in the conflict in which we entered to "preempt" any further attacks.
    Well. We know that was not true. If you are going to fight a war, do it with gusto drive the enemy to their knees, even further if necessary. Make them beg you to stop. This administration is a frigging joke, a bunch of liars, tax cheats, liars and all around wimps. But then, I didn't expect anything different so, I am not disappointed

    March 10, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Jackie in Dallas

    Ok, so Gerald Ford tripped getting out of Helicopter One, and he became known as a klutz for the remainder of his term, and lost the following election.

    George Bush (jr.) made so many verbal faux pas that the GOP even came up with a nickname for it...

    VP Biden makes verbal mistakes and the neocons go wild.

    By the way, anonymous, the entire quote was quite erudite. Look it up, it might help your vocabulary skills.

    March 10, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Mike O'Brien

    Joe.., tell it like it is. That's what we like about you. Blunt.., but, honest. Mike in Montana

    March 10, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |