Administration Says the WSJ is Wrong About Joe Biden

The pushback comes after some officials said that the vice president wants to keep fewer U.S. troops in Afghanistan than military officials are suggesting.

Vice President Joe Biden tours the Willard & Kelsey Solar Group in Perrysburg, Ohio, in 2009. The company, which closed in June, is among many taken to task in Toledo Blade investigation that found misuse of government money and little accountability for millions in solar investments.
National Journal
Jordain Carney
Jan. 17, 2014, 10:04 a.m.

The Wall Street Journ­al is re­port­ing Vice Pres­id­ent Joe Biden is push­ing for pos­sibly 2,000 to 3,000 to stay in Afgh­anistan after 2014, a pro­pos­al that would put him squarely at odds with the wishes of some mil­it­ary of­fi­cials who want at least three times as many troops to stay.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion says WSJ is off the mark.

“The art­icle is wrong. The Vice Pres­id­ent has not ad­voc­ated for any spe­cif­ic troop level. He has not re­jec­ted any spe­cif­ic troop level. He has asked ques­tions and listened care­fully to present­a­tions and he will make his re­com­mend­a­tion at the ap­pro­pri­ate time,” a seni­or ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said.

The WSJ art­icle which was widely covered — in­clud­ing in this pub­lic­a­tion — is the latest in a string of high-pro­file stor­ies about Biden’s for­eign policy po­s­i­tions. Former De­fense Sec­ret­ary Robert Gates ripped the vice pres­id­ent’s for­eign policy re­cord, say­ing he had a long his­tory of lean­ing in the wrong dir­ec­tion and had con­trib­uted to a dys­func­tion­al re­la­tion­ship between the mil­it­ary and the White House.

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