Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware said Saturday that he hopes former Vice President Joe Biden will advise President Obama to appoint an official in charge of securing an orderly exit from Afghanistan that minimizes Afghan casualties.
“I’m sure this is a conversation that many people have on both sides of the aisle,” Coons said on ABC’s “This Week”
Biden, who received plenty of criticism from military leadership during his 2008 vice presidential campaign when he advocated a troop surge in Afghanistan, said Thursday that he would make a “serious” effort to start a serious discussion about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan within weeks.
Coons said Biden could play a role in the discussion, given his “steady-as-she-goes” attitude.
“I think he’s kind of the conscience of the administration’s policies,” Coons said. “He’s probably in the best position, the longest-serving vice president in our history.”
The Delaware Democrat is co-sponsoring a resolution, introduced in September, calling for a complete withdrawal of U.S. combat troops by March 2017. The resolution was co-sponsored by seven other Senate Democrats: Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Gary Peters of Michigan, Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
“The last thing our troops need in a war zone is to wait for it to go bad before they can go home,” Coons said.