If a security deal between the U.S. and Afghanistan is finalized, military commanders plan to station between 8,000 and 12,000 U.S. troops there after 2014. The uncertainty of the deal has created budgetary and logistical problems between congressional appropriators and military leaders.
“Regionally, we would see hedging as each country in that region moves to protect their interests. It would be somewhat destabilizing on the whole,” he added.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.