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Romney misleads on Afghanistan

Mitt Romney is taking comments from Vice President Biden out of context to undermine President Obama’s record of combating terrorism. The former governor is quoting one line from a wide-ranging interview the Vice President gave and using it to misrepresent the President’s and Vice President’s views. You can read the whole interview, in which Vice President Biden outlines America’s policy of supporting an Afghan-led reconciliation process, here.

In a statement from his campaign, Romney accused the Obama administration of practicing “foreign policy of appeasement.”

The fact is that the United States went to war in Afghanistan to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaeda and to prevent their return in the future. Under President Obama, more of al-Qaeda’s leadership has been eliminated than at any point since September 11, 2001—including their leader, Osama bin Laden. In August, the White House counterterrorism chief said that al-Qaeda is “On a steady slide. On the ropes. Taking shots to the body and head.”

The Vice President’s comments were in line with President Obama’s long time policy of support for an Afghan-led reconciliation process based on principles he outlined in June:

“We do know that peace cannot come to a land that has known so much war without a political settlement. So as we strengthen the Afghan government and security forces, America will join initiatives that reconcile the Afghan people, including the Taliban. Our position on these talks is clear: They must be led by the Afghan government, and those who want to be a part of a peaceful Afghanistan must break from al-Qaeda, abandon violence, and abide by the Afghan constitution.”

The President is committed to eliminating the ability of al-Qaeda to use Afghanistan as a base to launch attacks against the United States and our allies, and to securing a stable future of the country. For Mitt Romney to suggest otherwise is another indication of his campaign’s willingness to say anything to attack the President, regardless of the facts.