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October 20th, 2009
08:19 PM ET

Class in Session: Students Debate War

We've heard the pundits debate how many U.S. troops should be sent to Afghanistan.  Now hear from smart college students who have a vested interest.

Tony Harris headed to Georgia State University to hear former and future soldiers, student government Democrats and Republicans and  international relations majors debate the pros and cons.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. jo

    i really don't understand the statement, "keep the fight over there". Where is there? These terrorist have no home, no allegiance. They can be found anywhere such as in Spain, Germany, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia, Phillipines. They can even be found here in the US according to the latest raids. The only thing we are doing by making a rapid decision of sending troops over there is giving them more lab rats, excuse the term. But that is what our troops are being used for by these terrorist, they practice their ambushing and IED skills with our troops, we have given them 2 countries to use a training camp. This war is unlike WW2, Vietnam or other wars. The enemy has no home, unlimited troops and funds and nothing to lose. Only way to win is to cutoff their recruiting efforts by empowering the people whom they target to join them. Of course that within itself is another topic of discussion. Other countries have failed in this region and the prospect of the US does not look good. US itself is falling apart unemployment, budget deficit, we can not continue on this road, war on terror will end up like the war on drugs.

    October 20, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  2. glenn harbaugh

    If something does not work very well for as long as the insurance controlled healthcare system does not, doesn't it stand to reason that a fix is in order. I am a realist, and realize the forces and the big money that is at play here. I must first applaude speaker Nancy Palosi for standing up for a public option tied in to the medicare system , that has proven to be a sucess over the years.For the democrats in the senate, it is time to realize that even if you are a so-called blue dog ellected in a primarilly right wing district or state, that doing the right thing, and breaking the insurance cos. stranglehold on this issue will be recognized by more people then they think as having the courage to do the right thing and give the people more CHOICE . and you must emphasize the fact that the public option is only a CHOICE and not mean you cannot keep your own plan if you are satisfied the way things are in your life.This option is the right way to go -mr. glenn harbaugh [73 yrs. young].

    October 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  3. Jean Derise

    Congress needs to think of the people that put them in office and break the strangle hold the insurance companies and drug companies. If this doesnot change nothing will work.


    October 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  4. steve williams

    I agree with the young lady, keeping the fight there. She has had a real experience and I respect that, however Tony as a 54 year old Vietnam Era Veteran, I have to say we have to react differently in this situation and learn from the past.
    We cannot say ok we are leaving in 6 months, things outside our understanding regulate the matter of time. If we aren't there we will be somewhere else, Iran maybe, next. Mr. Harris it is time to cook or get out of the kitchen. Politically abused.

    October 22, 2009 at 5:58 am |
  5. Della Valk

    Get out of Aghanistan. It's time to declare victory and come home. No more lives wasted for an impossible war. That country is still in the stone age, let's leave them there.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  6. Della Valk

    Leave Aghanistan We have wasted enough lives to help a country that is still in the dark ages. We certainly have bigger problems with Pakistan right now. These ground wars should be unecessary.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  7. armystngsoldier

    i think there is too many regs in the way about how the u.s can fight the war. there are a lot of things that we cant do that determine how this war is fought. there are a lot of things that can be done but we cant do it with the regs. i never knew there were rules to fighting a war. war is brutal and thats the reality of it. people are going to die. its war

    October 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  8. Jenifer

    I agree we need to be there and like the young woman said, we have to nation build and we will be there a long time as the esurgants are determined to destroy our efforts to help the Afgan people be self reliant and the terrorist are deathly against anyone country who undermines their control. The USA and allies will be hunted and hated by terrorists who want to DOMINATE!

    October 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  9. Retired U.S. Army SGM Al Thomas

    Y ou are asking our opinion on the war and we as average citizens do not have enough Information to give you a good anwser. what is the defined mission that we are asking our soldiers to accomplish? dose any one really know? why are we after the tallabond and not Alkida are we now responisble for health and welfare of and entire nation or do we have a mission there? As things look I see nothing that can be accomplished but then I donot know what the mission is can you tell us that

    October 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  10. Anthony

    There is no winning this war. We should pull our troops out ASAP.
    I am a WW11 vet, and it breaks my heart when I hear on CNN that 8 of our young men sent their to fight a war were killed by a road side bomb.
    What chance did they have to fight the invisible? Take care of our problems at home. I voted for Obama and am proud of the job that he is doing. But you cannot serve two masters.( He has to much on his plate already.) Lets give him a breather and he will make us whole again.

    PS: Please do not hire the Taliban murderers to fight on our side, to kill their own people. They have no sides, nothing to lose they have no home no job, in fact they have been killing each other for years.

    November 3, 2009 at 1:29 pm |

    Afganistan is like a bad poker hand...You either need to go all in or's that simple. Personally, I prefer to fold a crappy hand.

    November 10, 2009 at 11:20 am |