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November 29th, 2009
04:01 AM ET

Afghanistan Roundtable

President Obama is set to unveil the new strategy for Afghanistan, including an expected troop increase. The announcement comes Tuesday night at West Point. CNN's special coverage with the best polital team on television begins 7pm ET.

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  1. Tamara Morris

    I think CNN and the rest of the media should leave the Tiger Woods story alone. This seems like a private matter to me. I have no need or desire to know why Tiger ran into the fire hydrant. Even high profile young couples need privacy. Please leave them alone.

    November 29, 2009 at 5:16 am |
  2. MR.AL


    I hope President Obama doesn't let conservatives sway his decision on what to do about Afghanistan. Conservatives along with their feerless leader GW Bush started this mess and all I can see now is a bunch of WAR MONGERS IN THE CONSERVATIVE SIDE.Every failure in the middle East has the name Bush connected to it backed by Conservatives.

    November 30, 2009 at 12:18 am |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    How much longer does America prop up a corrupt leader (Karzi) with the blood our brave men and women in Afghanistan?

    Its past time to pull the plug on such cold-war antics by the American CIA and turn the page on Bush-Cheney's diplomacy.

    Public records indicate Karzi and his brother have been on the CIA payroll for many years in Afghanistan. President Karzi's brother is implicated by many as the major Opium broker in Afghanistan, responsible for flooding Russia and the entire Middle East with cheap Heroin.

    Under the Bush-Cheney White House, the CIA ordered the US Military to have a hands off approach to Afghanistan's vast Opium Poppy fields which grew 300% during the 8 year long horrific Bush-Cheney tenure.

    The Afghanistan War is widely viewed as a Proxy War between India's backed Pashtun Afghanistan tribal fighters and Pakistan's imported Taliban fighters for control of Afghanistan. Why is America still in Afghanistan unless it is for the CIA to continue flooding Russia with cheap Heroin?

    What support is the Indian President providing to end the Afghanistan War?

    The US Department of Defense has 1 Trillion US Dollar reasons for staying and fighting in Afghanistan and not finding nor capturing Osama bin Ladin. The DOD and their defense contractors stand to lose hundreds of Billions of US Taxpayer dollars if America pulls its troops out of both Iraq and Afghanistan.

    November 30, 2009 at 1:30 am |
  4. Keith Colovos

    you people seem to have the impression that US troops need to come home and guard our boarders. heres the thing, the only time the military dose anything when there home is AFTER a disaster.other than that they just train.
    If you people are so worried about the security of this nation within its boarders, contact homeland security, not DOD.
    Let these men and women do the job they need to do, with no political strings attached, and the outcome might change. MR. President, the military forces of America are not intended to be used as a global police force, they are not for doing a political two step. There purpose is to invade and conquer, fix and destroy, take the fight to there enemies. let them do there job.

    November 30, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  5. chuck wright

    There is one aspect of the buildup in Afghanistan I have not heard mentioned. How many more combat tours can these wonderful and vibrant young people take before it affects them in a terrible way. It is a shame that the U.S. Army sent the man that caused the horrific act in Fort Hood Texas to care for the mental health welfare of our brave men and women. If this is the best the Army can do, that is a shame. We are sick of the war. We can fight the war on terror much more effectively right here at home and save American lives and money as well.
    From a former Army vet.

    November 30, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  6. Jack Fullerton

    I have heard it reported that Afghanistan produces most of the world's opium.The opium is then used by terrorists as a major funding tool, and provides drug traffickers their product.
    Why cannot the crop be plowed under, the farmers given another viable crop to raise, and any shortfall in their income supplemented? It seems this would maintain farmer income, deny terrorists an extremely profitable product to resell, and deny drug traffickers their poison. Surely, if this were feasible, it would cost us far less to subsidize the farmers and police the crops raised, than to support so many troops.

    November 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  7. A. Smith, Oregon

    @Jack Fullerton,

    Because the CIA ordered 'hands off the opium fields' so that their partner, Afghanistan's president Karzai's brother could export that Opium for Heroin production thru-out the Middle East and in Russia.

    If Bush-Cheney wanted to shut off the major funding of the Taliban, all they needed to do was order the Airforce to napalm the Poppy fields. Instead under Bush-Cheney the Opium fields increased by 300% and directly flooded cheap cheese Heroin into the grade schools across rural America.

    Perhaps you have forgotten Jack that Bush Sr. was a former CIA director and instrumental in getting the CIA into Pakistan during the Russian Afghanistan war in the 1980's.

    November 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  8. Judy

    I favor giving Afghanistan another chance with the surge. A lot of people put down Bush's surge proposal when he recommended it, but his surge did turn things around in Iraq. What bugs me is those isolationists who are always against getting involved in any conflict anywhere. For all their philosophizing, they are often just plain unwilling to fight for anything at all. Despite 911, maybe they think that the oceans alone protect the USA from retribution & involvement with the rest of the world. It would be nice if we could just retreat from the world, but I doubt that enemies will be so nice as to leave us alone. And I am not among those who easily support involvement because I have nobody I care about in harm's way. Our son served a year in the army as a gunner in Iraq & since he is still in the Guard, he could still end up in Afghanistan.

    November 30, 2009 at 11:10 pm |