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November 3rd, 2009
08:49 AM ET

Pres. Obama’s War Strategy

The pressure is building on the Obama administration to quickly end its lengthy deliberations about whether to commit more U.S. forces to Afghanistan. Pres. Obama is expected to announce his revamped war strategy, including a decision on sending more troops, within weeks.

What do you think the president’s military strategy should be in Afghanistan?

Post your comments here, and Heidi will read some of them in the Newsroom, from 9a-11a ET.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Deepak Murthy

    Mr President,

    The US can have some forces in Afghanistan as part of a military base. However, a unilateral "redeployment" of the troops from Iraq to Afghanistan would be good.

    Regards,
    Deepam

    November 3, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  2. Susan Barrett Price

    Get the troops out of Afghanistan. We don't need military victories. We need an effective global peace strategy.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  3. Kovith

    Pack up and move out!

    November 3, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  4. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The strategy would be to get out and let God sort it out were involved in a war with no end even if we did gain control every thing would fall back to what it was before we came after we leave.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  5. Victor

    I was hopeful when Obama began, but I am increasingly disillusioned with his entire presidency. His indecisiveness over Afghanistan merely illustrates my entire problem with him, always half measures and compromising away every promise he made. Either go for the win in Afghanistan or get out now, a clear decision would be nice.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  6. Pat Raymond

    Out of Afghanistan now! Every day costs lives, ours and theirs, to no useful purpose.

    No one will ever successfully occupy Afghanistan.

    Al Queda is international, not national.

    OUT NOW!

    November 3, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  7. Blanca Romero

    Greetings Heidi,

    As someone who voted for the entire Obama administration, I am deeply saddened by the blatant lack of regard for the promises made to the American people to bring the troops home! Why do we continue to spend more senseless money fighting a war that essentially isn't our battle to fight in the first place?!?

    Do you want to know what this country needs? We need global talks of peace, not war. It is beyond pathetic and it is time for some government officials to take a stand for the American people. Haven't we lost enough of our troops over this non-sense?

    God bless America because we need it!

    November 3, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  8. michael Loving

    Strategically I stand where I did some months ago. There is no
    possibility of an easy US victory much less a useful one when Afghanistan is run by corrupt government and tribal conflict, as it has
    been for a hundred years or more.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  9. Brandi

    I believe President Obama promised us he would end stop-loss! I thought he promised the American poeple he would end these pointless wars! My husband is active duty right now, I need him home and safe in these rough ecenomic times! Focus on stabalizing America and taking care of American families, stop sending troops and making it harder on American families!

    November 3, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  10. Don

    Get out and Quit being an occupying force, It is Time to let them Run their own Countries now,Support then from outside their Country, If they do not want to do the footwork themselves then 4,5 or even 10 more years there will make no difference at all.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  11. Jean

    I trust the president to make the right decision about the war in the right time frame. He has advisers and information that the rest of us don't have and it's silly to think that the average American can second guess what is REALLY going on behind the scenes. Although I'd like to see out out within a year.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  12. Stephen

    Why send more troops from the US to Afghanistan??? I just recently got back From a Deployment In Iraq, and there are WAY TOO MANY troops there right now not doing anything since we turned over the cities... Instead of sending more troops, just re route the onces that just got to Iraq and send them to Afghanistan... There really aint no point for us to be In Iraq no more... Its a waste of troops and money...

    November 3, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  13. Bernadette Loesch

    Heidi, we need to bring all of our troops home. we are spending billions on countries who couldn't give a 'rats a–' about us, but will continue to keep their palms open to our money. We are putting our citizens and soldiers in harms way. we are killing too many innocents and we are NOT changing the minds of the corrupt leaders or the Taliban. Education of those people is what is needed, not arms and killing. we are going at it all wrong. Gen. McCrystal needs to be told by our President that we will downscale the forces and eventually bring all of them home. We need the monies here to fix all of the problems that were gladly handed over to us by Bush/Cheney.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  14. Valerie

    My husband and I are both in the Army. We would want nothing more than the president to just start withdrawal. There is only so much you can do to help those that do not want it. Our soldiers lives are not worth it, not one of those lives were worth it. Lets focus on the U.S. How can we fix other countries problems when we have problems of our own?

    November 3, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  15. Art Suro

    Obama's strategy? So far it is Bush's strategy that Obama is following. Obama needs to get off of top dead center and make a decision on Afghanistan and foreign policy in general. H.Clinton is doing a good job keeping the ship of state upright, but Obama needs to work as hard on foreign policy as he is working on spending our children's inheritance. It's too bad that ACORN doesn't have an interest in Afghanistan; Obama may get more involved if it did.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  16. Michael Cata

    What I am most concerned about is when we leave Afghanistan, will the Afghan people see America as the reason for their war torn country. If the Afghan people see America as responsible for their shattered country it won't matter if al-Qaeda is there or not, there will already be a new generation of disaffected youth with America to blame for their problems.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  17. Charles Prince

    No outside power, since Alexander, has run a successful military campaign in Afghanistan. We are supporting a corrupt government in a fractious country. This no longer pertains to our Home Security.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  18. Dawn Blanken

    Lets see...print more money (read:debt), and continue to harm our own interests: or, redirect our energies, and waning credit, to more fruitful pursuits.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  19. Babbs Hence

    I just returned from Afghanistan. There is so much that is not seen or know that should be exposed before anymore troops are sent. I was not a solider but a contractor. Please get all the facts.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  20. Ed

    I hope that the extra time behind closed doors is because President Obama is attempting to shrink the size of the war through negotiations with regional Taliban leaders. This will enable US troops to be concentrated in areas where terrorist cells are an issue. Withdrawing region by region is a way to eventually bring the US occupation to an end.

    It is time the American culture got over being the world's military – necessary in World War II but not now.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  21. Cornelius

    i have always believed that you should "look before you leap". this is what the president is doing. the last administration did not do this and look what it got us into. anyone should find out what they are jumping into before they jump.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  22. Lou Gerrard

    I voted for The Pres!

    I can understand that after he got into officew certain facts were disclosed that he wasn't aware of in Chaney's absence.

    What I don't know is...What's the Plan? When, if ever, can we expect a Victory and at what cost?

    Gee, seems like BTDT. Everybody passes the buck. Why don't we have a firm objective? Something simple like (as the President intimated) Just Get 'Em! Crush 'Em! We don't seek conquest, just equal treatment – Taliban picked this fight, but we can't seem to get to 'em cause the previous leaders acted like Conquistadors!

    Let us know if the Draft is back? Or what else to expect from us.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  23. Arlene Blount

    Heidi, I think we should let Pres. Obama have these next few weeks to be sure he doesn't make a rush to judgement like Pres. Bush. Look how many lives we lost going into the wrong war. Pres. Bush realized the complications in Afgan. his administration couldn't handle that war; so they took the easy way out shifting from a war we could have won 4 years ago. and look where we are today. Pres. Obama is smart and he will do the right thing to protect the US

    November 3, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  24. Ramon noches

    The decision to send more troops is complicate;. however time is a critical factor as the adversary has time to marshal their forces, organize and deploy them making the situation much more difficult. President Obama is taking much too long making his decision, creating the impression he is not able to quickly sift through relevant information, synthesize it into several choices and select the best one. This should not take weeks after receiving sage advice from several expert authorities.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  25. Perry Bailey

    I'm sorry, we have not won a war since WW11
    The president was elected on understanding we would get out of their, not send more. The people have been fighting for 2000 years and we are not going to correct that.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  26. Martin from TX

    We may have had a good reason to go in but our reasons for staying this long do not justify the dozens of deaths that happen everyday. The Taliban is not America's enemy. It is up to the Afghan people to decide whether or not the Taliban is their enemy and how they should deal with them. This is not our fight. Come home soon. Come home completely.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  27. JC

    The decision to commit additional troops th Afganistan is one that requires, in my opinion, a very thoughtful and deliberative process. The president is aware that any decision he makes will be disputed. Therefore, although time is important, reducing American casualties is paramount.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  28. Dale Huffman

    Obama's strategy should be to support his military commanders' recommendations and just as importantly to educate US citizens on the need to remain strong in the face of a religiously-determined foe who wants to export terrorism and tyrannous religion around the world. An effective global peace strategy requires searching out and destroying terrorists, without fail. The President needs to stop "deliberating"–actually, Monday morning quarterbacking of hs competent military commanders–and start making the way clear on all fronts for the most effective use of American and allied forces in the war on a global terrorism that is fueled by coercive religious beliefs–a false religion. It's past time the President respected his military to know what was needed in Afghanistan.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  29. Ran Bruno Solis

    What is the overall purpose of sending more troops to Afghanistan?
    To send or not to send more troops is not the main question President Obama should answer, the question is, what is the objective?

    Ran Bruno Solis
    Austin, Texas!

    November 3, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  30. Lee

    Only ghouls and defense contractors are in a panic to force President Obama to hurry up and rush more troops into Afghanistan. It's about time someone THOUGHT about what our goals are there and how to effectively use our brave men and women.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  31. Ralph Bazan

    The United States was attacked by murderous fanatics. Few would argue against our legal or moral justification to seek out and destroy our enemies. However, it is very unlikely however, that a traditional military victory can be achieved in Afganistan for a variety of reasons. I would urge President Obama to heed the advice of Vice President Biden and others, who advocate for small, tactical units, backed by good intel. and unmanned aerial vehicles. Such a strategy offers greater efficiency and effectiveness, at far less cost.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  32. Paullette Sutton

    Isn't the only question , are we going to win if we pursue this course?
    We have two sons in the military. We fully understand the possible sacrifice but if we defeat the Taliban in Afganistan what is the next theatre of concern? There is another solution to this middle east issue. Lets look deeper and harder in another direction. The greatest minds in the world share US zip codes. Could we for once in the History of this Country think our way out of this crisis instead of punching our way out.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  33. James

    The War in Afganistan is mess. President Obama must make a decision soon or face the political fallout, which will happen anyway with any decision. He's vowed to not put more troops in harms way, but what of the troops already there? On the high seas in a violent storm, it's "All hands on deck" to save the ship from sinking. Isn't this situation similar?

    November 3, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  34. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    We should pull our troops from all over the world and just leave our drones, fighter jets and attack helicopters at all of our bases and if there is some uprising from terrorists blow them away! The insurgents and terrorists will think that they can take control if we leave but to their suprise we would send in our air force and then they can see what it's like to be blown to pieces!

    November 3, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  35. Alexander Mackenzie

    Mr. President, I am disturbed by the similarities between today in Afghanistan and what I saw in Viet-Nam. I know it is fashionable to say there is no
    lessons to be learned from one that can be applied to the other, but, I beg to differ. I am going to list my thoughts below.
    1. Upon arrival, while on a screened bus, looking out at the new country, I saw so many military age young men in civilian clothes standing around,
    I wondered why my national guard unit was actually called up.

    2. The haven of North Viet-Nam is now Pakistan.

    3. The mountains are the jungle.

    4. When The civilians have no understanding of why they should fight, we cannot give it to them. Their goal is survival alone. Eight years of holding
    actions was/is no longer in the our national interest .

    5. When the previous administration removed our resources to concentrate on Saddam's lil sandbox, of which he only could fly over 1/3 of it at the time,
    we lost the needed momentum for a "victory" as most would see it in Afghanistan in my view.

    6. Many a firing mission (in Nam) was cancelled when the location of the launch of the incoming rockets was found to be amongst a French plantations rubber
    trees. Ground pounders were sent in to the now empty, booby trapped sites. Troops were lost, but the trees were saved. Not allowing the use of air or
    artillery when our troops can see the flash but not the gun in hand is just as stupid.

    7. A nation of 33,609,937 (July 2009 est.) that does not have the will to defeat 20,000 insurgents after over 8 years to put a army with national spirit,
    and military ability with allies like the US, England, Germany, France, Poland, and other NATO members, is not going to survive any more than
    the South Vietnamise did after we and the other allies left Vietnam.

    Not learning from the past is to repeat it. If we cannot go and cut off the head of the snake (presently in Pakistan), chopping at its rattles has already
    been demonstrated to not succeed.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  36. woody

    I think we should get out of Afghanistan, other countries have fought there and have not won. The money that we have spent over there could be used here in better ways.
    The worst part is all of the American lives that have lost.
    Obama does not listen to his generals and cannot make up his mind on what to do. He does not have any military experience but can run around the country on talk shows and going to schools to talk.
    I would think that the war, unemployment should be the important concerns.
    Another thing that should be dropped is that goofy government run health care plan. They say it will not increase the deficit and taxes. Do they think all the American people are stupid?

    November 3, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  37. sgscalese

    Decisions are made with intelligence not fear. Fear pressures us to make a decision, any decision, just to make us feel better that we've done something, anything to calm the fear. More often than not decisions made with pressure and fear are not the right ones. The President is an intelligent person who will get it right.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  38. Eldridge Matthews

    Heidi, I am gravely concerned, that today's election results in the northeast just might give our President a bad report card. Namely, that the Hawks will more than likely defeat the Doves in the name of our loved ones who have so unselfishly given their lives in this rediculous time of indecision.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  39. Irene

    We should LEAVE, withdrawing most of our troops from Afghanistan. There are other strategies to be used in this situation. We cannot help a government that is already corrupt. We are wasting human lives and bankrupting our Country to even try. To make our Country MORE secure.....we need to end this occupation.

    The question is, as it was in Iraq,,,,,,WHAT is considered winning? We have already lost too many lives....not counting the injuries our men and women have endured (and will continue to deal with the rest of their lives)........we need to EXIT!

    November 3, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  40. John

    During President Obama's election process he stated the following about President Bush:

    “He confuses our mission,” Obama said, then he spread responsibility to lawmakers like Clinton who voted for the invasion. “By refusing to end the war in Iraq, President Bush is giving the terrorists what they really want, and what the Congress voted to give them in 2002: a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.”

    Obama said that as commander in chief he would remove troops from Iraq and putting them “on the right battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” He said he would send at least two more brigades to Afghanistan and increase nonmilitary aid to the country by $1 billion.

    Conclusion: President Obama is repeating the mistakes of both President Bush and the former Soviet Union with their trials and tribualtions in Afghanistan. I voted for Obama in the hopes that he moved on decisions in a more rational manner and learned from the mistakes of the past. I am beginning to question my vote.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  41. Linda

    If the US wants to send more than 10,000 new troops, taxes should be raised on those making $100,000+ & the draft should be re-instated (no Cheney exemptions this time). It's time the US started paying as we go for the cost of these wars. I doubt the pro-war (any war) group would be so eager to pay now & send their kids. Our family already has loved ones in Special Forces & regular army.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  42. nabil batarseh

    president Obama has only two options,pullout now and declare deafeet or send the 40,000 troops today to stop the violance in both afghanistan and pakistan

    November 3, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  43. Brian Darian

    Mr. President,
    I personally support your presure on Taliban, but we need a quick victory. With this economy, we can not effort a long term war. Use the Arsenal and very powerful weapons to terminate all of them. Taliban and it's followers belong to 7th century and there is no way to negotiate with them. Please erase this danger and wipe them out from the face of Earth. Please do not hesitate. I assure you, if you let them to live, they will follow us here. This is what their idealogy says.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  44. David

    My thought is the President wants to consult in person with Secy. Clinton who is coming back from her visit to the region. He's seeking detailed knowledge of Afghanistan, of all aspects of that country, and he would like to continue that a bit and get her most recent impressions.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  45. Stephen

    2001 for us only marked an act of revenge. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one knows that feeling of extreme pain. In all actuality, our interests in the area has been going on since the end of World War 2 with the discovery of oil in the region. Not only have the lives of our troops and thier families been impacted but also on the truely innocent families surrounded by the caos in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tribal war was there before we arrived and will be there after we are gone.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  46. Lyle M

    We should send the troops now and figure out how to pay for it later, American lives should not be weighed politically/finacially , that's what white collar crimes are for.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  47. Larry

    We should only have troops there if the People & Government want us there... If it won't make any changes to the better we should get out... That goes for Iraq too!!!

    November 3, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  48. Q

    I can tell you from personal experience that Afghans (in their majority) will exist day-to-day the same way they have for the last two thousand years, whether we stay or not. As for the strategy of "take the cities, win the hearts and minds" this is just stupid...they want us to bunker up in the cities and let the enemy have FREE REIGN of the countryside...this will just get more of my soldiers killed. Also, as I watch the Newsroom I see that they are talking about how casualties are rising...the casualties are rising in proportion to troop levels. Because of the lack of targets the enemy has in Iraq (with the withdrawal), they make the simple move through Iran to Afghanistan. My point: Stay in the countryside where we can limit the enemy's movement.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  49. Roger

    Heidi,
    The united States is at War, that means we fight full out "no holds bared" Obama does not understand that. This decision to sends the troops should have been made in the first week.

    Roger Hubbard

    November 3, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  50. Joe

    Do you think the Military will ever lift the hold on re-enlistments for those who were discharged and now want to return to active duty?

    November 3, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  51. Molly Miller

    I understand my thoughts do not mean much but I wanted to voice my opinion regarding the wars in Afghanistan or wherever we have involvement. I have spoken with SEVERAL different people concerning this matter and they all feel the same way. But they do not feel like their opinions really matter when it comes to the government. By Mathew Hoe(spelling) resigning, I feel like someone has stepped up and voiced their dissatisfaction of the war. Maybe if more people would be brave and stand up for how they really feel maybe the United States could be a real democracy! Why is the government so blind not to realize the area we are trying to bring peace has been fighting since the beginning of time. Not to mention the 35 year war that has taken pace there! It’s ridiculous to keep getting our people killed when peace will never occur over in that area. Furthermore, we are not only putting our people in danger, but also the innocent citizens in the regions we are fighting. Terrorists are everywhere, why not tightening securities around here or find other means to make our country a better place to live. In my opinion the government just needs to call it quits and let all those men and woman come home to their families. Enough is enough; this war has just become another Vietnam. Why can’t we just worry about ourselves for a change?

    November 3, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  52. Ron Foupht

    The President has no war plan. He is still trying to find out
    which way the polical winds are blowing. Remember that
    this man has NO military experience and it now looks like
    he does not even rely on his military Generals to run the
    war. He needs to get off his duff and make a decision.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  53. ELLIOTT, FL

    We leave..., we will return, time and again.

    We leave, we'll embolden our enemies and witness a growth of Muslim Extremism of the likes not seen before.

    Anything American (Tourist, Embassy, diplomat or ship) will be targeted moreso by leaving Afghanistan...

    What an excellent recruiting poster for Muslim Extremists, USA walking away from Afghanistan . . . The Infidels are weak, "they" can be beaten, will be the Extremists mantra...

    November 3, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  54. Harold

    Do not forget the concept of religious and political freedom is a relatively new concept in the history of human civilizations.

    You can lead a herd a horses to new a new water well but if the herd is happy with the well they have been drinking from then should we let them be?

    November 3, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  55. Donald R. Krause

    President Obama needs to stop sitting on his hands and make a decission to send the additional 40,000 troups that have been requested!

    If we allow another Viet Nam then shame on our leaders and they should all leave office!

    If we allow terrorist to continue we need to make public notice that any terrorist action taken in the USA will bring total destruction to those country's wherein a whole lot of deaths will take place! Let the supposedly good ones take care of their own bad ones. If not then let them all suffer the consequences!

    November 3, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  56. Calvin Hunter

    If we legalize drugs (heroin) then the problems with terrorists and illegals will be resolved in short order. The solution is real simple but outside the realm of simpletons.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  57. Samuel M. Gonzalez

    I do beleive that President Obama should adhere to the Generals recommendations and send troops immediately to Afghanistan. Time is of great essence before more troops get killed.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  58. Mary

    Withdraw troops now.
    War is not the answer.
    Money is better spent on education, health care, the mental health system etc. in America.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  59. Tom

    Just get out, the Russians tried the same thing and failed. This is another Viet Nam.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  60. Adam Bundy

    We need to finish the war in Afghanistan, but we also need to know that we have won a military victory so sending more troops to fight will just draw stuff out. Instead, we need to give the afghan people a future that isn't the Taliban. Send more troops to Afghanistan along with some army corp of engineers and help them build schools, build town halls, fix problems they are having. How we could do this is tell them that if they provide the materials and funds than we will provide the labor and expertise to get the projects done. We could go from one town to the next and do this. If they have an education and a future than less of them will turn to the Taliban/al quedia.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  61. Bob Boutz

    Get our troops who are in harm’s way out now, all of them. Take the money saved and invest it in a crash program to get us off imported oil now. That will solve the terrorist problem, jobs and sending 700 billion dollars a day to persons wanting to harm us. How can there even be a question about this?

    Bob

    November 3, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  62. a. amando

    News media sholud adopt the message of ww2. "a slip of the lip could sink a ship". The enemy need not be given the number of troops, the date the troops are comeing, where they will be based. Why put the troops at more risks. Why would the media make it easy for spys? Just shut up and let the Pres. and military run the wars. Thank you. A. amando

    November 3, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  63. illona

    im a mom of a autistic army soldier im very scared everyday for my son to go to combat in afghanistan he is 20 i want all soldiers to come home from middleeast now they are getting killed and wounded blown up by roadsidebombs pres obama needs to get all troops home from afghanistan govt is so corupt karzai and his brother are going to let taliban kill all our soldiers get out of afghanistan now let our boys come home to there families plz mr pres obama listen to us let our son,slive

    November 3, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  64. Larry

    Donald: We didn't win against Vietnam & Korea because they were a civil war... This is a completely different... If the Government wants a change we should help them... If they don't we should get out... We don't need to fight wars we can't win...

    November 3, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  65. Lisa

    No matter what the President decides it will not please everyone. We can sit back and speculate all day but there is no easy answer to this decision. What most of the general population does not realize is that some of these soldiers sign up for multiple tours knowing what the ultimate cost to them may be. There is a great since of pride one feels when serving in the military during wartime and peacetime. Lets wait for the President to make his decision and then support him and our troops to the best of our ability.

    November 3, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  66. Matti

    Dear Heidi,
    Obama Administration made an error of epic proportion by declaring support for a rogue, inundated in fraud incumbent Leadership in Afghanistan. He made it clear to the afghan people that the U.S government supports and Cater to the warlords and drug lords rather than to the grievances of afghan civilians that has been our true partner in war against terror. What kind of message are we sending to the Afghan populace?
    Matti

    November 3, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  67. illona

    i dont want anymore of these boys getting killed in afghanistan plz mr pres hear all the mothers cries to bring home all there sons from iraq and afghanistan now this war isnt goin anywhere and i dont want my only son killed in it bring home all troops out of afghanistan now plz mr pres i dont want to be getting that knock on my door that my son has been killed or wounded so bad that it gives me heartattack and kills me for the pain i know my son wil have to endure if he looses a leg or gets burned bad by roadside bombs

    November 3, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  68. Maria

    My husband is in the service and just recently came back from Afghanistan and I have two questions for our president to consider; Why do my children and I have to sacrifice our father/husband, why does any American family have to, for a country's people who themselves don't have the courage to stand up and fight their oppressors? America was founded by men who GAVE their lives for our freedom from oppression by revolting and saying enough. Shouldn't we demand that countries who want our help demonstrate that same devotion for their own freedom?

    November 3, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  69. edgar batchi

    i think with all informations he got from his adviser the president can send less troop like fifteen thousand or twenty thousand in afghanistan with new tactics.because forty thousand troops can create lot of damages,and cannot be profitable for the economic problem.
    sincerly: edgar BATCHI

    November 3, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  70. George Vallilliee Sr

    Get out of Afghanistsn, It's their country. More troops means more targets.
    Use drones if a strike is needed.
    Put the money into health care and recovery.

    November 3, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  71. Travis Piper

    I would like to remind everyone who is demanding our nation's withdrawal from Afghanistan of a dark day in American history: September 11, 2001. Osama bin Laden has not been either apprehended or killed. Have you forgotten that the blood of those killed on that day in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC still cries out for justice! We shouldn't give up looking for those responsible. We should do anything we have to do, go anywhere we have to go for ever how long it takes to get these murderers! To turn tail and run now without finishing this and either capturing or killing those responsible in Afghanistan or Pakistan or wherever they are is insane! To let these people, if you can even call them that, get away with this tells every two-bit terrorist in the world that the United States is fair game for anything they want to do to us because they will get away with it.

    November 3, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  72. Tony

    I believe those serving in congress who are demanding answers to this question should think back to how they followed George W. blindly into this war and those who still give Reagan sole credit for bringing down the "Evil Empire" and consider the Soviet economy at the time after 12 years of war in Afganistan. Finally, I wish both parties in congress would have complained and agrued the war issue as much as they have the health care reform issue. Maybe we could have fewer questions about funding health care reform, if we had all the money spent in the two wars, including all of the no-bid contracts handed out to Bush- Cheney cronies.

    November 3, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  73. Larry

    David: i respect Obama because he doesn't want to just jump into something without knowing if we can win... Bush started Iraq for money not for what was best for the Country... We should take all of our troop out of there & send them to Afghanistan only if That Country wants them...

    Israel has won for wars plus Palestines and still there is no peace there... It is like trying to give sense to a 2 year old... There only educated to hate and until that changes there will never be peace there!!!

    November 3, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  74. illona

    mr pres obama bring all troops home from afghanistan since when are other people in middleeast more important than our own us soldiers they are dieying in this bloody war families are being torn apart mothers are crying endless tears that wont ever stop my life is my son my only child plz bring home all soldiers from afghanistan let me have my only son live as a soldier he should not have to die for a corrupt government in afghanistan mr pres plz do right thing bring home the soldiers

    November 3, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  75. illona

    time to bring home all soldiers from middleeast no more us soldiers dieying in a bloody war in afghanistan that they cannot win the counrty there is never goin to change corruption is goin to go there forever more sons are getting killed and wounded daily hom many more us soldiers lives do we have to loose my son is a soldier but he doesnt want to get blown up or die he is only 2o mr pres bring home all troops afghanistan now

    November 3, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  76. Ed.Wild

    It is a lost war.It gone a get the same like Vietnam.My recommendation
    pack up and move out.It going to be bloody if more troops are send.Used
    Afghan troops instead ; train them and get out.

    November 3, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  77. gerhard frenzel

    It sadly sorrows me that I now feel our efforts to help these people is working. The government over there (if there is one) needs to take it upon themselves. The citizens must be motivated to help themselves. A government that remains in the city limits is not governing.

    November 3, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  78. gerhard frenzel

    Correction to my previous email. "It deeply saddens me that the efforts are not working.

    November 3, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  79. afolabi olagoke, a k a Mr O

    I think he is doing fine [Obama] taking his time to really think the issue through before sending troops over.
    On the other hand the numbers really count.What about the world coalition on tackling war issues ?Should we (united states) not lobby for more troops worldwide so that these terrorist can be outnumbered,i think if we are going to do it right ,not only troops from the united states but from other antiterrorist nations.
    It is a very critical issue,these are TERRORIST , they maim and kill helpless people,some of them are even trying to plot terror right under our nose.Withdrawing troops seems logical with the high death rate but that might be a loophole whereby strengthening the terrorist and overpowering those left there.

    November 3, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  80. bill Young

    Can some one please explain to me what "WIN IN AFGHANIBTAN" means. We missed Bin Ladin. If these people want democracy so badly, let them have their own civil war and stand up for their country.The only good thing about these wars is we are low on bullets here. Now we are just stumbling around paying more money to groups like Haliburton (est. $500 billion for one year) with no end in sight.
    GET OUT NOW. All of these people talking send more troops have no idea of the logistics, especially in a countryside like Afghanistan. Homicide bombers and buried bombs will keep on killing and dismembering our troops and civilians. Go to Walter Reed Hosp. and see what our young people look like. Now. Let;s see if they will go volunteer. And quit blaming Obama. He is trying to get us out.

    November 3, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  81. bwilliams

    The whole Taliban debate is so complicated by societal concepts we can't change over night i. e. the low esteem in which women are held, scholarship, etc.

    Add to that poverty in so much of the land (though Mr. Karzi certainly dresses like a GQ cover!!!).

    The opium poppy, their money crop, is only a little more deadly than two of the US's largest tax income streams, tobacco and hard liquor.

    We should have done a Marshall Plan when the Taliban was first routed in Aphganistan instead of plowing into Iraq;

    I'm glad I don't have to make the decision that President Obama and his administration are facing.

    From the sidelines (i.e. having none of the delicate details) I think I'd bring the regular Army and Marines home and keep an eye on the trouble spots with better intelligence; hopefully we have enlisted some recent immigrants who speak their language and who are willing to serve their homeland in this conflict between the Dark Age's view of life and the Internet Age's view of opportunity and education for all who seek it.

    As for the way to cut down recruitment of suicide bombers; they might think twice if they realized that the virgins they' might meet in heaven could be a bunch of catholic nuns carrying tommy guns (New Yorker cartoon a few years back.) What a great billboard that would be! 🙂

    Considering the mess the prez inherited I think he's doing famously! I hope the 20-somethings that helped him win Virginia and NJ for him remember to go vote today!!!

    November 3, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  82. illona

    plz mr pres bring home all troops from this bloody war uor soldiers lives are so precious i have nightmares about my son getting hurt or killed in combat ina roadside bomb i have cried everyday my world is empty now that my only son will be goin to combat in afghanistan plz mr pres bring home all trrops before it is too late and more mothers get that knock on there door that there son has been killed let our sons come home before its too late i want my only son to live get out of afghanistan and iraq now

    November 3, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  83. Steev

    Afghanistan has shown through the course of history to be unconquerable. The combination of its geography and its deep territorial/tribal conflict mentality seems to make it near impossible to win a war there. Before sending more American men and women to a war that can't be won, let's learn from Afghanistan's history and GET OUT.

    November 3, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  84. bill Young

    Why has everyone failed to mention the fact that Bush took troops that could have been used in Afghanistan , initially, and used them to enforce his big lie in Iraq. Remember, we are still there also. How soon we forget. We bribed Iraqis during the "SURGE" but now it is back to killing Americans and civilians as usual. Obama was given a pot of DO-DO in each hand and then asked to wade thriugh a health care problem, financial collaps and rising unemployment. Plus, everone wants their own little problem solved. Come on America. Be for real. Being the big gunslinger is the reason we are in this mess. Give Obama half the support you gave Bush while he and Cheney wre lying to your face. This is a tough decision.

    November 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  85. Patricia

    Please, get us out of Afghanistan NOW!! There are terrorist cells all over the word; they are not primarily in Afghanistan. Bring our troops home now...there is nothing to be gained by more loss of life. You promised to end the wars; do so!!

    November 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  86. len dog

    I think he should NOT send more troops because they are just lieing about they need more..

    November 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  87. ken

    Obama should get the troops out of aghanistan immediately. Who will protect the afghans. Ask the 25 million afghans to protect their own country. What if the taliban come back. So what it's afghans problem. What if al queadi train there. Bomb their training camps in afganistan, pakistan and any other country they conduct training. We have spent a trillion in iraq for nothing and now we will spend another trillion in afghanistan for nothing. 2 trillion has been spent mostly for corrupt government oficials and corrupt contractors. Good bad or ugly if we don't pull the plug now we will be stuck there for the next 50 years. We stopped killing people in the south, germany, japan, vietnam, n. korea now it is time to get out of afghanistan and iraq..

    November 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  88. dennis linville

    Well lets look at his stragety for a moment and see.
    he has chosen to do nothing for our troops over there supposedly fighting a war on terror in this country but making sure we cant win(vietman vets know this stragety very well) while he oversees the election of a drug dealer to better the country ?
    he has aligned with a drug dealer who has said he hopes to realign with the taliban(i thought this was who we were fighting) and telling the FBI not to inforce drug laws in this country.
    Is his stragety a good one? yes,for the terrorist!

    November 3, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  89. Colleen

    The only thing we're currently accomplishing is getting our troups killed. We need to pull out and use the money saved to build up our defenses at home, and create jobs doing so.

    November 3, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  90. Otha Nevels

    The president is right to take his time in determining how to deal with Afghanistan. I think he's following through on his campaign promise to listen to different views on particular issues even if (and especially if) he doesn't agree with someone. He is at least open to listening and I think the time he's taking is to do that. People are too quick to press the "Panic Button" when it comes to the war in terrorism and that's just not the way of "Mr. No Drama Obama." There can only be one conclusion on Afghanistan: Before we do anything else (especially committing more troops) we need to first establish an exit strategy. It's time we think on getting out of Afghanistan as well as Iraq. And people obessessed with "winning" need to remember there was the same obssession with Viet Nam. Thank You.

    November 3, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  91. len dog

    they should not be over there any way trying to take other peoples countries like they did south africa and others.

    November 3, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  92. steve

    I previously lived in Leavenworth Kansas, the location of Fort Leavenworth, where the most knowledgeable military scholars attend war college. This is where every scenario is played out and decisions are made on how to fight and win a war are made. Every famous military person attended this college but for some reason I don't remember the name Obama ever being mentioned.

    November 3, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  93. len dog

    they need to fix america and stop worrying about other people countries.

    November 3, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  94. Greg, Ontario

    Canadians are also losing lives along side our friends and neighbors so this is a very touchy subject to me. My own son could end up there in the next year. What we all need to remember is we don't have all the facts. We know what the media wants to tell us and we all know we have to take anything from the media these days with a grain of salt.

    Yes we need a well thought out strategy to prevent another Vietnam situation but I also think time is of the essence. I trust President Obama and the Nato commanders with the life of my son and I pray that god guides their decisions quickly.

    November 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  95. len dog

    THE EMEMY IS US in not taking care of the u.s. and stop TAKING others peoples coutries when we are messed up over HERE.

    November 3, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  96. len dog

    thing take time people they do not want obama to fix the economy think about it so they lie on him and TRY to make him LOOK BAD ok git real if GOD is for him who can be AGAINST HIM?

    November 3, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  97. Merlyn Law

    Thank you for the opportunity to give my thoughts on this subject. We should start withdrawing our troops asap with a contingent to help train Afghanistan troops if necessary. As long as there is Opium there will be the Taliban and our tropps should not be killed for helping the Taliban spread Heroin throughout the world. Our enemies are everywhere – not just hidden in the mountains. They could be your next door neighbor.

    I am 86 years old and have seen my share of wars – enough of this futile battle. Let our soldiers come home to a Heros welcome.God Bless every one of them.

    Please sign my name as Mary

    November 3, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  98. Matt Pcion

    Hello Heidi
    It is tricky question and President have very little to do with that. We as a US citizens sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Some how we conveniently forgot about it. We have to make up our minds what to do in first place and than execute our will trough democratic system .
    War is not a video game. The brutal truth is that you send the troops there to kill. Either "unleash a beast" or pull them back. Do not weave a gun if you don't intend to shoot. Accidental you might kill yourself .
    Thanks to President Carter advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, we trapped USSR in Afghanistan war for 10 years. US taxpayers spent about $600 million per year to support mujahideens and in 1989 the last Soviet troops departed from Afghanistan. Casualties on both sides were humongous. Over 1 million Afghans were killed. 5 million Afghans fled to Pakistan and Iran, 1/3 of the prewar population of the country. Another 2 million Afghans were displaced within the country. Soviet Armed Forces lost over 14000 troops, 451 aircrafts, 147 tanks. It was a beginning of collapse USSR empire. It was devastating war and unfortunately we haven't learned anything from it. US for its involvement there was very well respect in Afghanistan and it was perfect time to establish US presents by continuing peaceful support to Afghans. Instead, US backed off, living political hollow there.
    We lost money and opportunity than! Now we are in exactly same situation as USSR in 1979. Is it a beginning of collapse US empire? I hope not but I see many of signs of that and those two wars don't help.
    I would deploy even 100000 troops if possible to clean up this mess and than start rebuilding the region at once. No more BS otherwise we are going to end up like USSR in 1989. If we couldn't get those terrorist (I don't mean Afghans) for 8 years we won't in the future unless we change our tactic.

    November 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  99. Mick Conner

    If it is possible, I believe camels should be used for the bad terrain that troops are talking about because of the camels adapibility
    towards the environment. The camels can be used for transportation, desert policing and patrol for military uses.

    November 3, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  100. Larry

    Bill Young: Like I said above... If the their Government wants change we should help them... If they are the ones we are fighting we should come home... Only on that will have the say so one way are another is the President... I'm glad that He is taking His time so He will do the right thing... I wouldn't want to be in His shoes!!!

    One of the main reason I can see being there is because of the drugs being grown there... What I think we should do is drop pan slip so that the workers can get out and bomb the place to hell.... That goes for the training camp of the Hamas too... Maybe then we might kill Bin Ladin there too... Thats the best way to save the lives of our Soldiers...

    Look Bush Sr did it in Desert Storm and look how little American's died then!!!

    November 3, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  101. Patricia

    Bring ALL the troops home as soon as possible.
    DON'T SEND MORE!!!!

    November 3, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  102. Will Keith

    The World never seems to learn from past mistakes...Try to remember
    VietNam...the lives lost and the many that were crippled and maimed...
    In the end...what was the purpose of the Vietrnam war...

    What is our purpose in Afghanistan...Why expend more time, money and american troops...Let sale down our presense...Let the people of that region solve their own issues

    November 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  103. David

    Larry, thanks for your comment. Yes President Obama would like us to win in Afghanistan, he wouldn't be looking at the situation in Afghanistan so closely for any other reason. My impression is that country would like him to send troops and stay engaged. It seems to me that previously when town leaders and doctors and educators in Afghanistan have been interviewed they've shown a knowledge of what is needed to change things for the better in their communities and in their country and are in the middle of bringing about those steps forward. It may be that working on those things should be the main part of the strategy at this point. My pt of vw.

    November 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  104. Larry

    David> To my understanding the winner of the election is ine of the people we are fighting against... If that is so... Whats the sense keeping our troops there if were not wanted... They have to be able to protect themselves and out troops are were just going to have more of pur people killed for know reason...

    We could not win Vietnam or Korea... What makes yu think we will be able to win against Iraq & Afghanistan??? If the People don't want us there... We can't beat them!!!

    November 3, 2009 at 9:19 pm |
  105. wiseman

    dear mister president...

    do not adopt the war that george bush started.
    for one man's reign is another man's downfall.

    there is no defeating the taliban there is only self defeat..paying them is only making them stronger...paying them to go away will give you a ransom, staying will completely crush the economy, adding troops will kill more american people and leaving...will give you the option of fixing the economy and strategizing on other problems in the middle east...it doesn't cost money to use your brain try spending some time on these things. as for health care thats a whole other issue

    November 3, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  106. Bruce Powell

    Five British soldiers shot dead in Afghan ambush. Will Heidi even mention this on CNN today? Or are the lives of British soldiers finally of no interest at all to their allies? It seems that Americans think they are the only ones in Afghanistan and whine about their allies not doing enough. Well, 9,000 British soldiers are fighting and dying on Americas behalf with no thanks or recognition whatsoever from the US..

    November 4, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  107. Walter dos Santos

    I don't understand why people don't help president Obama, let be with him, lets ensure he has the energy to keep moving this world. What's wrong with our American People. Just look to the President Obama and his family and start making a change. I think People prefers a plastic family and President at the white House. What ashame!!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  108. Juliet Smith

    Get out now. Use the billions of dollars on improving veterans hospitals and benefits for the soldiers and their families. We know that arms and money from the US gets funneled to our enemies. So let's bring our soldiers home. Iraq and Afghanistan should not be our wars. Concentrate on America.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  109. sehid Umoru

    Just a year into President Obama's term, I think he has handled the enormous problem of the country with courage and dexterity. The problem with the economy span through a period of time with different Presiedent. How on earth do people expect the problems to be fixed in just a year. I think the President should be supported and given some time.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  110. Brother Darryl

    Pres. Obama got of on the wrong foot trying to pander to a party of ReThuglican that want him to fail. He has failed to help families with his stimulus package that has now increased a national debt beyond the Mayan prediction of our earths destruction in 2012. Obama should have put a gas cap on all gas companies, and lowered prices on all groceries. This would have set the platform for those that lost their jobs be able to at least eat and feed their children. Lowered gas prices would help those that were foreclosed and lost their homes be able to at least stay in their vehicles and drive to new parking lots and parks. As a black man myself and one who voted for Obama in Raleigh, NC, I now wonder if he isn't the Anti-Christ. It was written, "there will be wars, and rumors of wars". There will be disease, H1N1 and famine. Maybe Obama is fulfilling the agenda for end of days.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  111. Ray in L.A.

    I didn't think we could elect a president that would be worse than Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton ( by the way Bill Clinton isthe one responsible for all the economic troubles we are now in).
    Obama puts forth all his Trojan Horse bills that sound good but in reality bad for the people of this country. He's a bad president.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  112. Matt

    I commend the President for his performance. He is dealing with a several issues which should have been addressed years ago. It will take time to resolve many of these problems – if it is Afghanistan, Health Care, or the economy. The American people must abandon their attitude of immediate political and economic results – and give President Obama the time he needs to resolve the above matters.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  113. Dr. Norma L. Trolinder

    First of all, I am an Independant. I look at the persons character, history (personal and political), and potential and how they view America. When Obama first came onto the national scene as a candidate for the Democratic Party nominatioin, I had never heard of him. Finding out he had written two books, I thought they would give me insight. They did. Halfway through "Dreams", I put the book down and mused that this young man had some serious conflicts. After finishing the book, I was more convinced. After reading the second book my thoughts were he had been running for President for a very long time. Then I looked at his Chicago record and followed the leads I found in his books, leading me to serious serious misgivings about him as a candidate. After a year, I am even more concerned, not only from information I have gleaned from my own research but for his actions as President. He is doing our country serious harm.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  114. Rey

    I would have to say that he is making headway. He let everyone know that the road ahead would be a long one, but he has made progress. I think people need to understand that what brought us to this economic condition was years of government mismanagement, corporate greed and frankly, corruption. We cannot expect this man to waive his hand and fix these issues overnight.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  115. Brother Darryl

    Heidi, This is Smash-Mouth Truth ! With the debt our children will be faced with, President Obama Could have given every family $10,000 per household. This would have helped so many families avoid foreclosures, bankruptcies, bank robberies, and increased crime just for starters. But, the families would be able to afford groceries, gas, increased taxes and maybe be able to invest back into the stock markets and economy. The closer we get to Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the worse is yet to come. Ask yourself. "How long can or will people remain civil under the dire straits they are in currently"?

    November 4, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  116. R Vangilder

    Obama should get off his high-horse, stop strategizing about his doomed health care plan and do something productive. Our service personnel are in harms way and need backup, why can't he just send the help the Generals have requested and stop playing politics? Oh, I know..... That is the general strategy of any politician..... Delay, Delay, Delay until all is lost.....

    November 4, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  117. Larry

    Ray: The worse Presidents were Reagan & Bush Jr.... Obama has taken over a mess that Butsh Jr has made & is fighting with both Congress & senate to make things right... Clinton had to do the same thing and He did it... Hopefully Obama will too!!! The only way that will happen is the People smarten up & go with Him...

    November 4, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  118. Elizabeth N C

    I have never in my 77 years been so disapointed in a President .I truly believe he is out to bankrup this country we fought so hard for and love .

    November 4, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  119. Larry

    Dr Norm: If you would read the books with a open mind you might think different... I haven't read His books... But I agree with what He is trying to do for the Country!!! I'm also am happy He isn't jumping into more of the war without knowing all what is going on there...

    Bush got us into Iraq for the wrong reason... Maybe if he would have put the troops into Afghanistan That war would have been finished already... Both Wars are the reason for the high deficit... Obama is only trying to fix the mess as Clinton Did!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  120. Larry

    Brother Darry: this is Bush's mess... Why are u blaming Obama for trying to get us out of it... If He didn't do what He was doing... You be complaining about that instead... Get over it He is a African American... Give Him a chance like you would anyone ele!!! I didn't hear none of yu complaining about Bush's spending that made this mess...

    November 4, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  121. James Banks

    We are in a place where all incumbents are in danger of being regarded critically. that includes the president. Despite the positive approval rate, his "change we can believe in" is not fast enough for people who are unemployed and losing their houses.

    President Obama will draw voters again in 2012. He will have attempted to accomplish his goals and people will be happy as I am with his effort. Republicans have been deliberately in contest with the president's agenda, as they should be in order to regain political seats. The people are not oblivious to what is going on. WE know that change is difficult when it comes to politics.

    James Banks

    November 4, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  122. Larry

    Vangilder: I guess you can afford to spend these prices for health care... I had my own business for over 45 years and I'm on a fix income & can't afford keeping on paying these high prices...

    Being a small business man I had to pay the high taxes... while the fat cats got richer by paying their low taxes... If I would have made $200,000 & Up a year I would have been glad to pay 33 1/3 % of my earning!!! They pay 2% where is the fairness in that... Because most of Their money is in a Swiss Bank... The big Corporations moved out of Our Country so they can pay less wages & know taxes... Where is the fairness in that???

    November 4, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  123. Larry

    Elizebth: did you complain when Bush Jr made this mess??? Someone has to clean it up!!! Congress & the Senate sure wouldn't...

    I was in the Army for 6 years from 1958 to 1969... Thank God I didn't have to go to either Vietnam or Korea... I was one of the lucky ones... I lose good Friends in both for nothing... We lose both... Now we are fighting another losing battle in Iraq... Israel fight the Arabs and won every time & still there is no peace there... How do we expect to win there??? After the election in Afghanistan I'm wondering if we should be there either!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  124. Dr. Norma

    Larry: My profession is research, I always research a subjecy carefully before I draw any conclusions. Those conclusions are based on my findings. I suggest you read his books as well as Kissinger's books on diplomacy and Bodansky's (a long time Mid-East expert) "The Secret War in Iraq". You might also want to go on line to reputable sources and research some of the philosophsy promoted by his associates, past and present. Do your own research, don't depend on others to tell you.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  125. Sisley Dougherty

    I believe that Afghanistan, has not come to terms with what they truly want .The main ingredient is how bad you want it. If you are willing to do or die, than maybe the country will be reborn, but if not ,the president must decide to not send anymore of our young people into this war that is only going to kill Americans and Afghanistan people.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  126. Dodie ~ California

    President Obama’s willingness to join the rest of the world and bridge relationships through communication instead of holding the USA as an arrogant country that thinks we are better than any other country will make the USA safer. You make enemies by being an arrogant self righteous country. That was how we were perceived by many countries who just tolerated our presence for the past 8 years.

    I appreciate President Obama and our vice president for their honesty! I may not always like it, but I have respect for this administration. I know it is not perfect; however, I am so thankful that I am not being lied to like I was for the past 8 years.

    The only request I would recommend is that we Pull Out Now from Afghanistan and Iraq! We should have learned from Korea and Vietnam, that no one wins a war targeting a specific population within another country on their land!! It has never worked!!

    November 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  127. Larry

    You might doing a research on it... What I'm going by whats on the news and common sence... You can not blame Obama for the mess we are in... If you can tell me a better way to fix the mess... Please do I be inteested... It's easy to judge a person when it doesn't hurt you... Is's a different thing when you have to make it work... Like I said I'm one that has Insurance that if I get really sick... I will lose everything... Why should the Rich get richer on those of us that on fixed income, Middle or poor... He be raising taxes on 2 percent of the People so that 100 Percent of the People can have Insurance... He wants to make sure that those that are not citizen can't get medicare, collect social security 7 can't collect welfare... That itself will save the Country a bundle of money!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  128. Larry

    sisley: that is why He isn't just jumping into sending troops there.... He doesn't want to do what Bush Jr. did... He will deside when He gets the proper information from those that can find out like Hillary Clinton & His Generals...

    November 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  129. Larry

    Dodie: If it comes out that we can do good in Afghanistan we should send more troops there... We should get our troops out of Iraq... Thats the one we would never win...

    November 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  130. Larry

    James: The Republicans had 8 years to something right for the Country... As far as medicare they did nothing... School they did nothing... Making thing better at home they did nothing... All they did was spend money on a war we can't win!!!! Now they expect Obama to fixed the mess in 10 months... They should blame it on Congress, Senate & Their Governors!!! They are the ones not doing anything...

    November 4, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  131. Larry

    I just heard on MSNBC that the Iranians burned the American Flag & Israel Flag... If I was the President Of United States I take out the troops right away & let them kill each other... Better them than Our Solders...

    November 4, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  132. Scottish mama 1st obama mama

    I beleive that making a hasty decision on wars is not in a good decision.
    George 1 started the desert wars. Little George started the second.
    It took Bill 8 years to clean up George 1 mess.
    It will take At least that to clean up George the 2 mess.
    I rather a thoughtful decision, than a thoughtless Bush.
    Revenge is a nasty place to reign from.
    If you don't know who your dealing with, which seems to be Karzai now how can you judge or weigh your options.

    November 4, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  133. Dr. Norma

    Larry,

    You just get the tip of the iceberg by only watching the news. Each news group has their own biases. Read credible original documents etc. Don't depend on someone else. Today Iraq is on its way to a stable country in the mid east sans its former dictator. Obama made a big deal of moving the troops out in 2010.... a time table already put forward by Bush. The Iraq situation was much more complicated than what one hears in the media...please read the book I suggested. All of these countries are interconnected. If we can somehow manage to stabilize a few countries in the mid-east and in the process make their citizens lives better then the whole world will be safer. Just leaving will not solve the problem of ideological zealots who would spread terror and death around the world. Todays economic problems did not begin just in the last 9 years. It has been growing for over 20 years. The housing problem was the straw that toppled the house of cards. One can not buy something one can't afford to pay for and it is irresponsible of those who aide and abet them doing so and eventually the house of cards did fall. Plenty of blame to go around on that one. Democratic and Republican and a whole lot of well meaning citizens. I too am on a fixed income but I also have saved and spent money wisely I hope for my own welfare and for others. You will find most older Americans spend a lot of their money to help others. I do not believe in taking someone else's money they have worked hard for (regardless of the amount) and give to someone else without the consent of the someone else. That is theft.. Read Read Read.

    November 4, 2009 at 7:36 pm |
  134. Dale

    I think the president is correct in waiting to send more troops into Afghanistan. "Be sure you're right, then go ahead" is very appropriate
    advice in this situation. We've had too much of the "shoot from the hip" leadership.

    November 5, 2009 at 12:17 am |
  135. Larry

    Dr Norm: Tell me one president that was able to keep their promises the first 10 months of their term??? Obama inherited the biggest mess we ever had... Even Clinton's mess with Bush Sr wasn't this bad...
    I have a question for you??? Did you complain as much about Bush Jr as you are complaining about obama??? He has a lot of problems he is trying to correct... On my book He is doing a good job considering Congress & the Senate isn't helping any... Give Him a chance He is doing as much as possible to make things better in all fronts!!! Look what a mess He is trying to straighten out... The republicans had 8 years to make the mess... How do you expect Obama to straighten it out in 10 months???

    November 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  136. Larry

    Dale you are right... We wouldn't have the mess we have now if Bush Jr would have thought before He went into the War in the first place!!! Slowly He is getting things passed that will help make things better here...

    November 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  137. micheal takla

    Hit has a religious back drawe should pull out before it is too late it is a complicated issue

    November 8, 2009 at 7:35 pm |
  138. Larry

    What we have to do is give Obama time to see if what is happening in Iraq is really going to be for our benefit before we do anything there!!!

    As far as Afghanistan goes... We have to give our Military advisers a chance to do what they feel can be done there!!! It was those in Afghanistan & Pakistan that were the cause of 9/11 and other killings in our country... There is were we should have gone instead of Iraq.. But now we have to give both Countries a chance to make the changes that they started to do... Training their Armies & Police is just the beginning... We have to educate the People to do their own work there so that they can serve as they are in Korea & Vietnam... It might not of look like we won those to wars... Because because of them there are a big difference in both counties because of us being there... Hopefully we can have the same out come in these two Counties too..

    Russia went there to concord the Country that is why they lose... Our motive is a different one... Hopefully it will end different!!!

    November 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  139. Jack J. Washington

    I appreciate CNN asking experts like the General on CNN a few minutes ago about the strategies used in Afghanistan, however, I feel that taking a poll of the uninformed person on the street is strictly an unnecessary exercise of extracting infornmaiton from the uninformed. What kind of a poll is this and what useful information could it impart other than another popularity contest. The hurting and disgruntled persons suffering from this economic downturn are not served well by this kind of condescending pablum from the media.

    November 12, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  140. Becky

    It's WAY past time we get out of Iraq!... We have so many problems in our own country right now that we need to handle... Yes, I understand why we went there in the first place, but enough is enough!.. They don't want us there and I can't blame them, let them run thier own country in to the ground, and let try to re-build ours!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  141. Rob

    If we're to continue this war, how would we know that we have won? We should pullout and focus on building our nation, instead of someone else's

    November 12, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  142. Davis

    I am a 21 year old veteran (infantry). Its simple as any war, anytime and place, anywhere...Send more troops. Yes Soldiers will die, but that's what happens in WAR (its meaning seems to have been watered down for some reason)...There's an ARMY saying "when you entering a room or any fight...once your committed your committed 100%". You win by killing the Foe..yes Killing the other guy... I don't understand whats so hard to decide on. It's Simple...Listen. Part of the INFANTRYMANS CREED

    ...Never will I fail my country's trust.
    Always I fight on-
    through the foe,
    to the objective,
    to triumph over all.
    If necessary, I fight to my death....

    LET US DO OUR JOB!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  143. Sisley Dougherty

    II think it’s important to really think this out, and the Pres seems to be doing this. First of all do the Afghanistan people want this bad enough, and are willing to give what it takes, freedom is not free. Our revolutionary was, gave us the freedom we wanted, and we paid the price. We formed a new government, and that was the beginning, it took all peoples to make this happen, do or die. I say if the Afghanistan people are not willing to give all they can, then it is not worth 1 American life. We then need to get out, because this war can not be won.God Bless my America and all peoples who live here, for we have plenty of problems that need help, besides the worlds problems. We need to make our selves strong on every front, especially at home.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:12 pm |