Raddatz has Ryan caught between two arguments, attacking the announcement of the timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan but agreeing with the timeline itself.

Ryan says that this somehow weakens America’s allies and emboldens its enemies. “Martha, that’s a bizarre statement. Forty-nine of our allies signed on to our position. Forty-nine said out by 2014,” says Biden.

A long discussion about the Afghan fighting season gives Raddatz a chance to inject herself. Biden gets a bit shouty.

Ryan wants US forces to stay longer in Afghanistan it seems or at least he’s criticising the timing of the withdrawal because there’s more fighting in the fighting season.

“We’re sending in more Afghans to do the job. Afghans to do the job,” Biden says, stridently.

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