Gloomy Joe Biden Says US Deaths In Afghanistan Will Rise
He hasn’t proposed that we split the country up into three parts yet but, “Mr. Positive” Joe Biden did say that US deaths will increase in Afghanistan.
He’s starting to sound a little bit like the First Lady, huh?
The Baltimore Sun reported, via Free Republic:
WASHINGTON – Vice President Biden, in a somber assessment of the road ahead, predicted Sunday that American casualties will climb in Afghanistan as the Obama administration shifts military priorities in the battle against terrorism.
The war in that country will get bloodier, he said, as the U.S. sends in additional troops to take back territory now controlled by Taliban militants, who were weakened when American forces invaded following the 9/11 terrorist attacks but have regained strength in recent years.
“We’ve inherited a real mess,” Biden said in an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, referring to decisions by the Bush administration and some U.S. allies that have allowed extremists to regain their footing and the drug trade to thrive. “We’re about to go in and try to essentially reclaim territory that’s been effectively lost. … All of this means we’re going to be engaging the enemy more now.”
Asked if this would lead to more losses of U.S. soldiers, Biden said: “I hate to say it, but yes I think there will be. There will be an uptick.”
Biden’s comments come as the new administration of President Obama is examining how to deploy the approximately 20,000 additional American forces that expected to be sent to Afghanistan this year. There are about 32,000 there already, and Obama has pledged to mount an Iraq-like “surge” designed to impose security in cities and towns that have essentially gone lawless.
Bush waged the most successful military campaign in the history of the United States in the Iraqi surge and War on Terror:
The War on Terror has been an amazing success not only in what has been accomplished but in what it has cost in lives. Two brutal regimes were obliterated, Al-Qaeda was decimated, fledgling democracies were established. But, most importantly, the US was able to do this while sacrificing the fewest number of soldiers monthly than in any other military campaign in US history. In fact, the US today is losing fewer soldiers each month in Iraq and Afghanistan combined than the average number of soldiers lost monthly during the Clinton years (~35 to 78).
But, to the Obama Administration this is a “real mess.”
Let’s hope that Afghanistan does not turn into a “real mess” or Democrats will surely find a way to leave the fledgling democracy to the terrorists.