VP Joe Biden Tells Afghans: “We Are Willing To Stay Past 2014″

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Biden told reporters at a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday that the United States is willing to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 if the Afghans want the assistance, seeming to depart from comments he made last month that U.S. forces would be out by that time “come hell or high water.”

Speaking after meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Biden said that the United States was there to help the Afghan people build their nation — not be an occupying force. “[W]e stand ready to help you in that effort,” said Biden. “And we will continue to stand ready to help you in that effort after 2014.”

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