June 29th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Biden tells Petraeus he supports withdrawal policy

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, asked Gen. David Petraeus Tuesday whether he agrees with a statement supposedly made by Vice President Joe Biden that "in July of 2011 you're going to see a whole lot of people moving out, bet on it."

Biden's remarks, which referred to the planned date to begin a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, were reported in Jonathan Alter's book "The Promise."

Petraeus, in response, said that Biden recently told him in an Oval Office meeting that "you should know I am 100 percent supportive of (the current) policy." Petraeus also noted he will be hosting Biden at his current headquarters in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday night.

"Somebody needs to get it straight ... what the hell we're going to do," Graham said.

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  1. Steven Brian


    June 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pedro

    I'm confused as to what isn't clear to Sen. Graham – both of these statements assert that we are holding to the current plan, that being a withdrawal as of July 2011. If there is any lack of clarity it is in how thorough and expedient this withdrawal will be. I think we are leaving a LOT of leeway open for the Afghans currently in power to try to hold us there. I think they will be leaving hot on our heels (or even right before us) with as much money as they can gather up before the situation in Kabul gets too hot for their liking.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |