February 9, 2024

Biden Considered Resigning as VP Under Obama Over Afghanistan

Special Counsel Robert Hur's report, released Thursday, delves into President Biden's internal struggle over former President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policies in 2009.

The investigation focused on Biden's handling of classified documents, revealing his deep-seated concerns regarding the trajectory of the Afghanistan strategy.

In a series of entries within his "Af/Pak" notebook, utilized during critical National Security Council meetings, Biden candidly expressed his apprehensions.

"Tomorrow the President is going to make a fateful decision regarding Afghanistan - as I sat looking out the window at the sea - thinking I should resign in protest over what will bring his administration down," Biden wrote.

He drew parallels between the situation in Afghanistan and the early stages of the Vietnam War, suggesting that the administration's decisions risked leading the country down a similarly perilous path.

Throughout 2009, Biden staunchly opposed proposals to escalate troop levels in Afghanistan. His objections were evident in both his notebook entries and a memorandum addressed to President Obama.

He vehemently criticized Army leaders' requests for additional troops, deeming them "outrageous" and foreseeing potential catastrophic consequences.

The report suggests that Biden retained classified documents not only to fortify his stance but also to serve as a testament to his opposition to the troop surge, which he viewed as a grave strategic misstep akin to the Vietnam War.

Additionally, the investigation uncovered instances of Biden sharing classified information with a ghostwriter, further complicating matters and posing significant risks to national security.

Ultimately, the report underscored the critical importance of adhering to established protocols in handling sensitive information, particularly among high-ranking officials.

It emphasized the necessity of safeguarding national security interests and maintaining transparency and accountability within the highest levels of government as Biden pursues a second term as president this year.

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