July 18th, 2010
10:56 AM ET
4 years ago

Biden: Afghan withdrawal may start with 'a couple of thousand troops'

(CNN) - As few as "a couple of thousand" U.S. troops may leave Afghanistan in the first phase of withdrawing forces from there beginning a year from now, Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

"It could be as few as a couple of thousand troops; it could be more," Biden told ABC's "This Week."

Asked about a book that quotes him as saying the troop withdrawal would start with "a whole lot of people" leaving Afghanistan, Biden confirmed the comment but said he was responding to an assertion that there might be no withdrawal at all at that time.

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  1. Dan, TX

    Republicans don't want any withdrawl at all. Republicans want to put as many more troops as needed at whatever cost so America will not 'lose'. Obama is listening to the republicans and governing right down the middle as he's done for the past two years.

    July 18, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. ronalde

    when are we going to get bin lawden,i thought thats why we are there

    July 18, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. vic

    Time to bring the troops home. We are funding some countries fight against terrorist at the same time we occupying Iraq and Afghan fight against terrorist

    Bomb Afghan Pakistan boarder destroyed the terrorist bring the troops home

    July 18, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. veteran

    Old Joe doesn't know or care!

    July 18, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. thor

    We need to start getting our soldiers out now.This is a war that Obama called the"good war"Pure hogwash !!just another reason given to keep our soldiers there.He's the one that since becomming president has sent nearly 60,000 more troops there and he's the one with the power to bring them home.

    July 18, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. phoenix86

    Since Obama is not going to support the troops on the ground, just surrender now and bring them home.

    July 18, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Roger

    Another wishy-wash interview by Biden. By taking positions all over the place he might someday get one right. So far his record is 100% WRONG and to point of being embarassing for someone in his position.

    July 18, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Oy Vey Az

    Listening to the Rethuglicans has not yielded jack squat.

    Get us out of the republican's God forsaken Afghanistan. Stop spending billions each month to kill a hand full of goat herders.

    July 18, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. ficheye

    One poster here says " When are we going to get 'Bin Lawden' – I thought that's why we are there". We need to deal with misinformation like that before we can function as a nation. It's hard to believe that anyone would form an opinion without the least hint of any factual data.

    And then there's phoenix86 who says that "Obama is not going to support the troops on the ground." I don't recall one moment of that happening. He expanded that war, and many, many liberals did not support that move. So what are these people talking about? Nonsense, fairy tales and bogeyman stories. You might as well read the National Enquirer for your news.

    July 18, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. vwrtb

    More good paying jobs please!

    July 18, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. save my state

    Because a hand full of goat herders killed thousands of americans, or have we just forgot. Our people americans who's only crime that day was they went to work. We should be ashamed for turning tail and running.

    July 18, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. ronalde

    oh i have factual data and believe me i am not misinformed,i was just trying to keeep it simple.the war isn't about bin lawden it's about the gov. contracters,it's about fat cats over getting fatter,there are a lot of reasons the republicans don't want to pull out and isn't about winning it about how much money they can squeeze out the american people. the war isn't winnable the russians stayed for ten years and quit what made bush and cheney think that they could do any better,the defence contractors are making a mint,plus what they can steal,i could go on and on but i will leave it at that,i am a vet 1962 to 1966 and i hate war.

    July 18, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. geminitwo

    So what happens when the terrorists start moving in across Europe and the US. Our borders are so porous, they are already here. Do you want to wage a war on American soil? For those who want us out of Afghanistan, what are the alternative solutions.

    Further, where is the outrage from world leaders concerning the violence from these radical muslin terrorists. They exist because because the population and the governments don't stand up to these bullies.

    July 18, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |