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White House Debate Led To Plan To Widen Effort In Afghanistan

04/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

President Obama's plan to widen United States involvement in Afghanistan came after an internal debate in which Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. warned against getting into a political and military quagmire, while military advisers argued that the Afghanistan war effort could be imperiled without even more troops.

All of the president's advisers agreed that the primary goal in the region should be narrow -- taking aim at Al Qaeda, as opposed to the vast attempt at nation-building the Bush administration had sought in Iraq. The question was how to get there.

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