Vice President Joe Biden's assertion in the vice presidential debate that the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff supported the timetable for removing the so-called surge force from Afghanistan was accurate -- but not the complete story.
The Joint Chiefs publicly backed the Obama administration's withdrawal plan, but not everyone in uniform agreed with it.
Gen. David Petraeus, who was in command in Afghanistan until he was appointed CIA director last year, told lawmakers he favored keeping more of the 30,000 surge troops in Afghanistan until the end of this year -- not bringing them all out by last month, as the White House ordered.
Petraeus argued that keeping more U.S. troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2012 would help lock in security gains and enable commanders to shift more troops to eastern Afghanistan, where the insurgency remains strong.
Others at the Pentagon shared Petraeus' view that the White House was removing the reinforcements too quickly.
But President Obama insisted that the reinforcements he ordered to Afghanistan in 2009 would be home in 24 months, before this year's presidential election. His argument: The Pentagon said they needed the troops for no more than two years, and he was not going to let them extend the deployment.