ABC News' Mary Bruce reports:
In case you missed the president’s address to the nation last night, Vice President Joe Biden is driving home the president’s message today, saying in a video blog that “we’re keeping our promises” to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and bring the war to a close.
In a short post on the White House website, Biden boasts of the administration’s accomplishments in Iraq and Afghanistan and reiterates that it’s time to refocus resources to the home front.
“By winding down these wars and bringing home our troops we will free up significant resources,” he says. “After a decade of war, amid rising debt and hard economic times, this is an investment well worth making because our economic prosperity has always been the key to our progress not only at home, but for our security around the world.”
With a $14 trillion budget deficit, the administration faces, not only a war-weary public, but also lawmakers demanding that they refocus America’s resources at home, something Biden, the chief negotiator in the debt talks with Congress, is keenly aware of.
After months of review, the president last night outlined the withdrawal of the 33,000 “surge” troops that he deployed in December 2009, and committed to begin withdrawing in July. Obama announced that he is bringing 10,000 U.S. troops home from Afghanistan by the end of this year and another 23,000 by the end of next summer, several months earlier than originally anticipated.
In what comes off as shortened version of the president’s speech, Biden says “the president is making good on his commitment to bring our young men and women home, right on schedule.”