January 11th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

Biden: U.S. willing to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014

U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 if Afghans want them to, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday.

President Barack Obama has announced plans to begin withdrawing some troops from Afghanistan this July, with all U.S. combat troops scheduled to be out of Afghanistan by 2014.

The United States does not intend "to govern or nation-build" as that "is the responsibility of the Afghan people and they are fully capable of it," Biden said Tuesday, according to a journalist traveling with him.

"We stand ready to help you in that effort ... after 2014," the vice president said.

In November, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen signed a long-term partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai under which "NATO will stay as long as necessary to support Afghanistan until it can no longer become a safe haven for terrorism."

NATO and non-NATO nations with troops in Afghanistan agreed then that Afghan security forces would increasingly take the lead on security operations in Afghanistan beginning early this year.

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  1. Dindy.....

    If Bin laden really loves his Muslim brothers ,he must come out and surrender or kill himself so other innocent civilians in Afghanistan can live in peace.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Bin Laden is no different from Americans. They do not care about innocent lives.

      January 17, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |

    If this war in Afghanistan and others in rest of the world ended it will prove a great setback for USA as they will lose markets for their MIC produced weapons beside losing status as super power. DAN do you really feel proud being an American on the basis of MIC and this death merchandise in world politics?

    January 13, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan -War on terror is not having succes after 10 years. US started asking for Bin Laden, that was the original motivation. Taliban were unable to consign him, but even the US military failed to capture him in ToraBora. Now he is no longer in Afghanistan. Drones were unable to kill him, Al Zawahiri, Haqqani or Bahadur, Mullah Omar, the main leaders. They killed many innocent civilians and few low level militants. A lot of money were spent and Bernanke cannot print dollars forever.

      January 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      No, but we can build drone forever and fill the sky with them and it will rain fire upon your heads!

      January 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      What do you think we were going to let you continue your rampage on the western world without any recourse?

      January 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan – No, I think you were going to capture Bin Laden, AlZawahiri, and people sheltering them like Haqqani, Buhari, but you failed. US killed low level militants, a lot of civilians and thousands of US soldiers died.

      January 14, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |

      DAN I am a tribesman from FATA in my beloved country Pakistan and for the last three decades we are a war front in US war for global strategic designs. NO doubt a decade back 9/11 incident is condemnable from any angle as innocent civilians were main victims and target of inhuman forces but will you let me know about your views about US three decades long military engagements for expansion of their world Empire which has killed innocent civilians in millions and destroyed whole Afghanistan? Can you deny this reality that USA is main force behind all wars in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia? DAN please look at MIC, world’s biggest weapon producers, and sellers, the main fuel of wars in world.
      DAN past history has proved that military might is not always right but rather it had been the main cause behind the fall of world Empire then why we repeat same mistakes in this new millennium? Why not we put our energies behind making the world free of wars, deaths and destructions? After all we all are human beings and this universe is our joint home and through our joint and coherent efforts we can make it a heaven us and our coming generations.

      January 16, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      If some people here believe that the Taliban are strong and better fighters why they worry about US drones or soldiers in Afghanistan? No need to be afraid or bother.

      January 17, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Taliban do not worry too much about drones. Innocent civilians are worry.

      January 17, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. ILE Student

    I support the Commander in Chief but Vice Presidents Joe Bidens remarks are like an open check book. One thing that may hurt this is not having enough helicopters in support of continued missions. In order to gain resolution, rid of corrupt politics, and pressure the Taliban to state of awe is continued pressure.

    1. We have been at war in that nation for over 9 years and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Local farmers are aware that cropping poppy seeds allows them to get paid. (We have to face it – drugs is the crop that feeds that nation)

    2. We need to apply pressure on Karzai. There is not a more corrupt leader in the region than Karzai. This president contradicts prior commitments and speaches that he has given not just to his locals but to students in our own nation. (NOW THAT – IS A SLAP IN THE FACE)

    3. We need to purchase helicopters to apply continued pressure and cut their lines of infiltration and exfil with continues air support. Yes, there is a big factor and that is that our nations leaders are looking for ways to cut spending. Provide new aircraft to our Aviation Brigades and allow them to what they do best. (Hunt) Air support units should have green light to eliminate what they conceive as a threat.

    4. We have placed thousands of dollars in training Afghanistan National Army(ANA) personnel. When are going to place accountability upon these men. The nation is a very oppressed nation and the men fear the unknown. As story repeats itself – they are not willing to confront the Taliban. That keeps us in the chute. Taking the fight to the enemy is one thing that they are not accustomed to do. ANA member hear an Insurgent Tajik war cry and ANA members defecate on themselves. Here is were we have our greatest challenge. Developing a nation that can trust within its walls.

    Not sure what else to mention other than the fact that we had the upper hand upon entering the country and weakening the insurgents and Taliban fighters that remained stead fast in order to fight a super power.

    ILE Student

    January 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      You have no idea of what is going down on the ground in Afghanistan. There are 100's of thousands Afghans in the army and police forces willing to tackle the Taliban. Keep your nose in your books, it would be better for your future.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        Of course there are 100's of Afghans willing to tackle the Taliban,for a price!!! And,come hell or high water we'll be dumb enough to pay it and let our own economy fall apart if need be!!!

        January 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Haven't you heard the news lately? We are beginning to come out of this recession. We are expecting to have created 2 million jobs this year and the home market is also beginning to look better. Why are you suck a pessimist?

        January 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Sorry, such a pessimist, but you can suck one if you like.

        January 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sanity

        Got to love the maturity level in here

        January 12, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Danlet-O

      Interesting perspective – you follow the Commander in Chief but your not in favor of the VP. There are things that will never be known. There is an appreciation for your work. By reading this I can tell that you have been in Afghanistan on several occasions. We are looking at cutting budgets and who pays the price? At this point all cuts are related to government agencies. If we need helicopters to provide greater pressure then that is that should be done. After reading several books and updates there is no other way to state it, drugs feed that nation. On the other hand we feed them by establishing contracts to support the economy. I am a big believer that the monies are coming back to the staes rather than helping the local populace.


      January 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    If the Afghans want our help to rid the world of Islamic terrorists then they are the good Muslims in Islam's society!

    January 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. retreating..

    another country to fail to win in afghanistan

    January 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gary Johndro


    January 11, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Ernie Beatty

      I'm with you,Johndro. Anything to get a victory there.

      January 11, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |