Vice President Joe Biden Tells VFW He Is Optimistic About Iraq, Afghanistan

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Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Indianapolis. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

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In Indianapolis today, Vice President Joe Biden told the 111the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) he is confident that Iraq will form a national unity government soon, even though it has been five months since elections were held there, and no agreement has been brokered.

According to NPR's Scott Horsley, the vice president said that the withdrawal of several-thousand troops in Iraq does not mean that U.S. engagement there is coming to a close.

"Drawing down our troops in Iraq does not mean we are disengaging from Iraq," he said. "In fact, quite the opposite is true."

Biden told the veterans group that the U.S. will still have some 50,000 troops in Iraq, down from about 140,000 troops when President Obama took office.

He said that troops deserve thanks for curbing sectarian violence in Iraq, and he "voiced confidence about the war in Afghanistan, saying only now do U.S. commanders there have the troops they need, and urging the veterans in the audience not to write-off the war as a failure," Horsley reports.



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