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 February 9, 2024

Biden once considered resigning as VP under Obama over Afghanistan policy

President Biden's contemplation of resignation as vice president in 2009, as revealed in Special Counsel Robert Hur's report, sheds light on his deep concerns regarding former President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policies.

Hur's investigation, initiated last year, unearthed classified documents detailing military and foreign policy strategies in Afghanistan, implicating sensitive national security matters.

The report

Biden's reflections, documented in his "Af/Pak" notebook, reveal his profound apprehensions about the trajectory of the conflict.

"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 grappled with the weight of his convictions, considering resignation as a form of protest against what he feared would be a disastrous escalation reminiscent of the Vietnam War.

Despite his reservations, Biden acknowledged the potential repercussions of his resignation, recognizing that it could diminish his influence on the president's decisions.

The background

Throughout 2009, Biden vehemently opposed the administration's plans to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan, viewing the proposed troop surge as "outrageous" and foreseeing dire consequences.

His notebook entries and a memo to Obama underscored his adamant stance against further military escalation in the region.

The report emphasized Biden's determination to retain classified documents related to Afghanistan, driven by his belief that the proposed troop surge was a grave mistake akin to the Vietnam War. He sought to vindicate his position, demonstrate foresight, and refute his critics' arguments.

Ongoing concerns

However, concerns were raised about Biden's handling of classified materials post-vice presidency. Evidence suggested that he retained marked classified documents and unmarked handwritten notes in unsecured locations at his home, posing a risk to national security.

Biden allegedly disclosed classified information from his notebooks to a ghostwriter, exacerbating the potential threat to sensitive intelligence.

Hur's report presented a nuanced portrait of Biden's stance on Afghanistan during his vice presidency and raised pertinent questions about the handling of classified information after leaving office. The revelations underscored the complex challenges inherent in navigating national security matters and highlighted the imperative of safeguarding sensitive intelligence.

Overall, the report prompted scrutiny of Biden's decisions and actions in relation to Afghanistan, underscoring the broader implications for national security and the imperative of transparency and accountability in government operations as the president runs for a second term.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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