WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., said Saturday the U.S. military surge in Iraq has done little to bring together Iraqi leaders politically.
While Biden acknowledged the troop surge has limited violence in Iraq, he said during the weekly Democratic radio address that it has left the United States facing the same problems it faced prior to the military increase, a Democratic National Committee transcript of his speech said.
"So, where are we after the surge? Back to where we were before it started. With 140,000 troops in Iraq -- and no end in sight," Biden said.
"Every extra day we stay in Iraq with 140,000 troops, that's exactly what we're doing. And the price we're paying keeps getting steeper."
The Democratic politician said U.S. troops are not only being killed or injured in Iraq, but their continued presence in the Middle Eastern country is draining the U.S. Treasury and limiting troop readiness.
"We Democrats understand that this war must end so that America can regain the credibility to lead around the world and the flexibility to meet our challenges here at home," Biden said. "That's what the American people want -- and it's what America's security needs."