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.