June 24th, 2010
08:45 AM ET

June deadliest month of Afghan war for coalition troops

June has now become the deadliest month of the Afghan war for coalition troops, a grave milestone in the nearly nine-year-old conflict.

Four British soldiers were killed in a "vehicle incident" on Wednesday in southern Afghanistan, bringing the monthly death toll to 80, a CNN count shows.

Home and Away: Casualties in Afghanistan

The grim development comes amid tumult among the war's leadership, with top military commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal resigning over disparaging comments he made about civilian officials in a magazine interview. He is to be replaced by Gen. David Petraeus, now head of U.S. Central Command and the
architect of the surge strategy in the Iraq war.

The four British soldiers were serving in northern Nahr-e Saraj of Helmand province as part of a police advisory team, according to Britain's Ministry of Defence. More than 300 British troops have been killed in the
Afghan war.

Along with Britain, troops from the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Denmark, Romania and Poland have died this month.

Many military deaths have occurred in bombings, and civilians have also died in similar incidents. NATO's International Security Assistance Force said seven construction workers in Uruzgan province were killed by a
remote-controlled bomb.

"Our nation is at war," said President Barack Obama, in his remarks at the White House on Wednesday about McChrystal. "We face a very tough fight in Afghanistan."

Home and Away: Casualties in Afghanistan

Post by:
Filed under: Troops
soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Doug Visona

    If we are at war, then why hasn't Congress declared it as such? Understand this America, an undeclared war can never be won..................................

    July 16, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. yenor galazio

    To Mr. Obama or Mr. Gates;

    Please tell to me when in the last century the United States was NOT IN WAR against some other country.
    Beginning with the millions of american indians in your own soil.
    And when, after the second world war.
    Why do you need to spend TRILLIONS of dollars in mass destruction guns.
    May be the two answers deals to the same motive.

    July 7, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Major

    various invaders since antiquity....

    1-Alexander the Great
    2- Mauryan Empire
    3-Muslim armies
    4-Genghis Khan
    5-United Kingdom
    6-Soviet Union
    7- USA

    Take a good look at the history every empire tryin to invade afghans was buried here.

    "God bless all the Sons n daughters fightin for their country"

    June 29, 2010 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. curto

    80 dead, and Obama is at war but he told the public he was going to start pulling troops out soon....

    When is it the next Vietnam? there security is not safe from snipers, or ied's

    June 27, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe from Northern Michigan

    The only way to end the war in Afghanistan is to reach a deal with the Taliban and include them in the democracy, otherwise Taliban's will always fight against the democracy that we helped put in place. This worked in Iraq, the defeated Suni's are now part of the democratic government....and it worked when the North defeated the South in the Civil War, when the South was given back power to be part of the democracy. Imagine what would have happened if the Confederacy was not included in our democracy after the Civil war?
    Our govenment must know this, so why are we continu'ing to fight the Taliban when it will never ever really end?

    June 27, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Benji

    Recently that was a news article about mineral deposits worth 1 Trillion dollars in Afghanistan. Now go figure why this war was started. This discovery was made using HAARP technology. Using HAARP low frequency radio waves are beamed at the ground, these waves penetrate the ground and different minerals within ground resonate back waves at different frequencies. So GOLD will resonate at different frequency that say LITHIUM etc. So US satellites can than detect what mineral is there at what depth.

    So please people wake up and see where our rulers are leading us and why. Start asking some questions to your own self. Questions like why both spouses need to work to feed the family when some years back only one working member was sufficient. Why do we have to take so many vaccinations? Why do we have some 700 odd military bases all over the world? Why do we have to force our way of democracy? our way of running economy? of globalization?

    June 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Larry Valecia, Calif.

    Amen to that!!!

    June 25, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Radical

    its not a surprise that we all know that the USA and NATO well be defeated in Afghanistan even the pepole who lie to them self and say we should stay more years over there between them self they know it that the western Army is losing the war there because of god is supporting the mujaheddin or because of the gorilla war strategy or what ever every one pick his most likely reason it dose not mater i think the invention of Afghanistan was big mistake and you can catch up the things before it become even worth and the withdrawal will be more insolent to you and about islamized the world i think that is not true and Taliban it self said that it dose not intent to attack eny western country it only fight NATO because they invade there country

    June 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. trasser

    Afghanistan is an extremely dangerous place for a war. It's known from the past that nobody ever could defeat Afghanistan and recent war 1979-1989 with Soviet Army proofs that. You can't tell who is an enemy and a friend and 99.9% your Afghan "shuravies" can't wait to see your back to stuck a knife in it. Whoever you are, Canadian, French, American you are an enemy for them and it's in their blood to kill you and the more civilians die there the more difficult to fight there. Unfortunately the Allies again repeated the same mistakes that Soviets had made. Just for the note ,15000 same 18-20 years boys died and 50000 wounded as result of that war. In my opinion, all operations have to be done by Special Forces, quietly and effective. I believe that instead of Iraq, the Afghanistan should have been taken care of, but again not by the Army operations but by the more effective means.

    June 25, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      The difference how were are doing it and they did it is when are working with the People to take care of themselves!!!

      June 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eric

    The coming months.........each month will be more deadlier than the other. More and more young American lives will be lost!!! All for what?? 9/11??? American lives that will be lost in Afghanistan will be 10 fold of those lives lost in 9/11 and the world will be a much more dangerous place. These wars in Afghanistan and iraq only benefit the drug and oil barons who control the ones in the white house. Your son or daugther or loved one could be the next one in the body bag. Really not worth it!!!!

    June 25, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      How can you say the war in Afghanistan isn't making things better in this Country... We are making it tough for the tarriest to find a place to train their People!!! It is a know fact that the ones that did 9/11 were trained in Afghanistan...

      June 25, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        Dream on Larry.......The mujahideen are well trained and have plenty of place to train.....if they were not well trained they would not be causing so many casualties for the coalition......America and the whole world have become a very dangerous place because of these attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan...do no fool yourself that your country is safe...far from it!!

        June 28, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        I see Eric is back to his Taliban cheer-leading. He still hasn't answered my question on what will happen to Afghanistan if the US/NATO leave in haste.

        How about it Eric? You obviously want us to fail... what do you think will happen to Afghanistan if we DO fail, like you predict? You think Afghanistan will be a peaceful place? Ha... try 30 more years of war, bloodshed, and inner-fighting. Have fun with that, Eric.

        June 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe R.

    Here we go – the media trying to paint a grim picture. Although each life is priceless, this is nothing compared to WWII. No wonder this generation has a weak stomach for fighting. We fight now or we fight later folks! These Terrorists' ultimate goal is to Islamicize the world. God Bless our Troops and the Troops of our allies!

    June 25, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. restowman

    How many U.S. congressmen have children fighting in this pointless war or serving in the military period? Rich men start wars, poor men fight them. Look that up.
    I'm tired of watching good men and women die for basically nothing! Bring them all home NOW!!

    June 25, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Painful Deceptions

      Agree 100%. Rich start wars so they can get richer. Like Cheney (whose family owns Haliburton) was the master minded Iraq war so that his family's company could get Billions of dollars on NO BID contracts. Unfortunately, most of our fellow citizens are hypnotized and are unable to understand what is being done to them. Do not get me started on BP.

      June 25, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      I would agree with you when it comes to the Iraq War... But as far as the Afghanistan War goes I don't agree with you!!! One was for oil and the other is to help the People there...

      June 25, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Painful Deceptions

    Shawn, it was not 10 time, in fact one Afghan king, Ghazni alone invaded 17 times. Descendants of Afghan kings ruled India for 700 years. Most of Indians are chickens created to lay eggs (thats how they got 1+ Billion population. Sometime they scream like roosters to prove that they are not chickens and forget that the roosters are children of chicken. LOL

    June 25, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. French soldier also died

    To "USA Patriot", did you miss the part of the article which mentioned that French soldiers also were killed this month? You must be one of those anti-French Conservatives in America who cheer when French troops are killed. We often wonder why many Americans, especially those of the Right, hate us more than the Taliban. I'm beginning to believe that you don't even know who you're real friends are anymore. People like "USA Patriot" are one of the reasons why coalitions fall apart. With "friends" like you, who needs the Taliban and Al-Qaeda?

    June 25, 2010 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Iraq Paramedic

    May GOD bless & keep & give rest & peace to all of the fallen, in JESUS name, AMEN !!!!!!!!
    May GOD bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 25, 2010 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  16. David Wiederhold

    To whomever suggested that Canadians are cowards..... as a Canadian who has spent half of my adult life living in the USA, I will only say this: Canadians have just 10% of the population of the USA, yet we've lost 50% more troops per capita than the USA has, fighting alongside Americans. We have more troops per capita than ANY other country in the world in Afghanistan, and have lost more troops per capita than any other country as a result. So get over yourself. Having had wonderful American neighbours in Connecticut, I KNOW that your ignorance and stupidity is not indicative of that of the average American. I know that educated and informed Americans support Canada's contribution to the war effort in Afghanistan. As a Canadian, I have volunteered in Kandahar working on projects to advance the status of women in Afghan society, during which I've witnessed the good work being done by both of our militaries.

    Ask any 50+ Dutch person if they think that Canadians are cowards, given their liberation by Canadians in WWII. Grow up and stop giving your fellow citizens of the USA such a bad name!

    Dave, Victoria, Canada

    June 25, 2010 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  17. Lester the Great

    What do any of you know? SQUAT! Get off your butt's and come on over here to Afghanistan and find out. Wait... That won't happen because you are weak and selfish. Spectators! That is what you are!

    June 25, 2010 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  18. Dwight

    Silly USA. Very silly.

    June 25, 2010 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  19. Colin

    Man I'm tired of all the right wing asinine comments. It's just the same old regurgitated mantra. "Obama got us into this, blah, blah, blah."

    Why don't you all man up and realize that it was the Bush administration that basically put us in this situation we're now in.

    June 25, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  20. spindle

    @Manmohan Lal, clearly you're forgetting that Pakistan is a nuclear state and the government in charge right now is a little crazy. You might wanna keep your troops at bay rather than just marching in like you own the place. When I say that the govt is a little crazy, they'll see to it that you're destroyed before an invasion of some sort is fully completed.

    June 25, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  21. mike002

    India's days in Afghanistan are few– US out, Indian ass get kicked out,- as Pakistan in.

    June 25, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  22. Alexander

    Every nation that has ever invaded Afghanistan has failed to stabilize the region. They have all ended up embroiled in a drawn-out, losing war with heavy casualties. We were idiots for invading it in the first place.

    June 25, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  23. Dianne

    @ Margaret
    Get a life. Mitch deserves to be picked on. He's weak. Maybe you and Mitch should get a room.

    June 24, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  24. paul

    hey-hey-hey- Don,t slander goverment or military leadership, these people are committed to bring rights and freedoms to people in other lands, most of which take for granted the simple values because of thier mentality is low, it is against western values to use the weapons that they need to bring this to a conclusion, so our troops suffer losses to bring some hope to people that would dye if they used the necessary weapons available to them, our mistake now is bringing them into our western countries, they should be createing employment where they come from for them, small people in western country,s can do nothing as banks will not lend to them, banks will steal the interest from senior citizens, as they fear looseing thier money, banks are for big business, the world has run it,s course and all any of us can do is accept what comes, it,s a big business world and we are caught up liveing in it,

    June 24, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  25. saladin

    Indian army has 1,000,000 army to few thousand resistance. NATO war criminals can't afford that. India has overwheming force but it is still not pacify the valley. The struggle is still on and it proves that Indian army is bogged down. A senior Colonel was killed the other day.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Manmohan Lal

    You NATO forces need to learn from India how to fight.

    We have been occupying Kashmir against their will for the past 62 years and just look at our casualty rate.

    NATO troops got better guns but less brains to outfight these gueralla fighters. Learn to fight well from India !

    June 24, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Major

      @Manmohan Lal-–NATO forces need to learn from India how to fight-like they did when mumbai was under attack it take the National Security Guards (NSG) n police three days to capture 1 man "ajmal kassab".As Painful Deceptions
      said u Indians are chickens created to lay eggs jus lay them.

      June 29, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  27. dudemate

    Isn't it always deadliest? lol...

    June 24, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jeremy

    Afgahanastan Crossroads!? =D I Pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisable with liberty and justice for all. This was written in 1892, thank's to Francis Bellamy. I am a Liberal from Fargo, ND... I do beleave that there is 100% Truth in "Rethink Afgahnastan" that you can all watch 4 yourselves on hulu.com "Live long and prosper" cnn.com bloggers.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  29. mastersam2000

    General mcchrystal commited miltary career suicde or maybe there is a ulreior motive or reason. there is no way possible to reach that hight of miltary ranking and not knowing any better. and let assume that i am wrong that leaevs him a total idiot. america got lucky getting rid of him now or maybe the military lost fledgling member of juanta

    June 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  30. gussieone

    More US military personnel died of suicide last month than in Afghanistan. Pay attention to the truth.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Neil Ellsworth

    This article got me thinking, and I decided to do some research. I found out that the average mortality rate per day during WWII for the Allies was over 7300 soldiers. That's more than have been killed in all of the nine years we've fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, combined. While I do not want to diminish the deaths of these brave soldiers who have fought these last nine years, we as a people should be less inclined towards complaints if we would only reflect on the sacrifices made by our grandparents.
    God bless our soldiers, and everyone who works for freedom worldwide.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jeremy

    War is soo pimative. Damn it's 2010 & politics still controls almost everything in America. The money that out goverment & tax payers have spent in Afgahnastan & Iraq is in the Trillions!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Edward Nashville, TN

    We had 8 years of extremism under Bush now we are gonna have 4 or maybe 8 years of extremism under Obama on the opposite end of the political spectrum. We are screwed.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      Duh, the Bush adminstration got us into this to begin with. And define "screwed."

      June 25, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  34. obama sucks

    wish obama was one of the ones not coming home... ever.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      STFU you dummy, what does he have to do with a "war" started by the Bush administration?

      June 25, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
      • jon

        You sort of liked the Twin Towers coming down didn't you? Sort of forgot about them eh? I was 30 miles away and will NEVER forget what happened there and why we went to war. Go get your latte and keep pretending you know anything boy.

        June 25, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  35. mindy1

    RIP men and women and thanks:(

    June 24, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  36. 7thseal

    I told you the truth, I said the general will go. The OIL will never stop! I tell you the truth, get out of Afghanistan. We have no RIGHT to be there. This is HOLY LAND! If our men and women still are there for 100 years, We'll never win. Stop letting our men and woman shed blood and die before their time! Stop wasting billions of dollars which is needed here.. America can save trillions in the long term. Other countries are being attacked too. Why are they leaving Afghanistan? There is a reason for this. That's for you to figure out. The Taliban does'nt want us! Bin Laden is dead my people. I tell you truth, take our military out of there. With the intelligence here, America and also the Nato allies, can protect and monitor the areas of the World. The President and General Petraesus are intelligent men in there positions, I tell you the truth, will come to the meeting of minds. This shall be done.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  37. MIke

    The Afgan and Iraq wars are the right wars. it's fight it there or fight it on US soil.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Afghan guy

    I am an Afghan and I will tell you that Nato will be defeated in Afghanistan and perhaps it will also end the alliance. From history we can see that every empire was buried here. Is Nato asking for the same? Since they aren't leaving, that will be their fate. The Nato came to take revenge on the Afghans for something Afghans didn't do, now you can't leave and will be paying big time. Just ask the Soviets what happened to them (and no it wasn't the US-funds or weaps like Americans claim).

    June 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  39. gun.of.liberty

    President Obama has done fine in handeling the war. As a vet, and student of international relations/polisci, the president knows our troops are streched, tired, and worn out. Remember the Bore War the British fought in the early 1900's when they were still the super power of their day. Needless to say, the Bore War like the war in Afghanistan, drained the British military and resources almost dry. The funny thing is that these flag-wavers keep crying "foul" about the administrations draw down date of 2011. Let me ask you this. What is your plan. Are you fighting this war with your sweat, blood, and tears or only watching from afar through FOX NEWS/CNN/MSNBC. We are trired people. And you still want us to secure our borders and clean up the oil spill for ya. And don't forget about the Tea Party crying about our spending. Are you serious? I believe in the draw down due to the fact that the Taliban will never be strong enough as it once was. As long as we establish a strong government in Afghanistan the country will be able to stand on its own fight its fight. All these flag-wavers just want to see more war drama and live in their "Palinesq" denail. Denail in the fact that there is no such thing as a "big win" in our contemporary conflicts. Gen. McCrystal...sir you are a disgrace. GET REAL AMERICA!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • alyshia

      @gun.of.liberty. I totally agree with you. Too many on lookers have such strong opinions about the US troops. The sad part is that most have never served any military force outside of Call of Duty, but feel that our troops MUST fight an endless war. I personally have never served in the military, but I have many friends and family who have served in Afghan. I have seen the stress and tiredness in their body all while still seeing the fear in their eyes. Not only do the soldier fight for our freedom over seas but they must also fight to adapt back to their lives as "normal". Noone should have to go through that. I pray everyday for the safe return of our troops. God Bless.

      June 25, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  40. guest

    Bring our troops home from this useless war. There will always be more Bin Ladens to deal with. It will never end.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Dave

    Yet...Obama only had time for a 'photo op' from the good General who tried his best to discuss with Obama his concerns?!!!!....how much longer will the media continue to give Obama a free pass, and instead of concentrating on McCrystals firing, focus on his concerns that led him to do so?

    June 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  42. The Big NB

    The U.S. should pack it's bags and leave Afghanistan. The mission lacks a clear objective. I cannot think of a realistic scenario that results in a successful outcome for the U.S., or justifies the lost live and billions of dollars being wasted there. Best case scenario is the U.S. leaving as soon as possible.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      Totally agree with your statement. This nation building BS should be left to NATO not us.

      June 25, 2010 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  43. Keith

    Gorila, the strategy forced upon our troops is a disaster in the making. Unforntunately it's going to take more changes on the NSC and in Congress in order to fix it. We won't be out of there in 2011 (we are still not out of Iraq). In fact, other then Vietnam we are STILL in every country we ever went to war with.......

    June 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Keith

    How soon people forget......

    June 24, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  45. gorila

    The rules of engagement mean only one thing – we can't meet our objective. This president must be great at poker. Tell the enemy your soldiers cant shoot if you call a "time out" on the battlefield by putting your guns away and then tell them you'll be gone in 18 mos. A 4 year old can tell answer the question of "what wold you do.". – Totally disgusted.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  46. ken sanders

    Did it ever occur to anyone that this war may not be winnable ? Just like Viet Nam. No one has beaten the Taliban yet.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Margaret

    @ Diane that was totally uncalled for!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Billybob

    There's nothing nor anyone in Iraq or 'stan that's worth the life of a western country soldier.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  49. yenor galazio

    Remenber what did happened in Vietnam.
    Go back home USA.
    And take your sophisticated guns with you.
    Good luck

    June 24, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • 335

      You mean the winning of every battle despite incompetent micromanagement from the white house? or the way that the native government collapsed like a house of cards after we turned over the prosecution of the war?

      June 24, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  50. BUBBA -- ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    Dianne,
    Well put. I was about to tell mitch the same thing. He aint got no pride kissing up to Obama in public. Hell, I bet he voted for him LOL, LOL

    June 24, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Dianne -- Connecticut

    mitch
    Oh I'm not upset. You and Obama need to get a room since your so impressed with.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      @Diane there really was no need to go there.

      June 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  52. mitch

    Diane ,i did not know you were an ass kisser.All I stated were pure facts sorry that upsets you but deal with it.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • 335

      Sources, not of the media. Lay them out now please. Bin Laden may have escaped Tora Bora, but the current CIC has allowed him to operate freely in Pakistan.

      June 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Dianne -- Connecticut

    mitch,
    Why don't go to the White House and kiss his butt.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Jaybob

    Man, I feel bad for the families. Hopefully, we can tear the Taliban apart (that's what Obama meant by dismantle, right?) and bring everyone home.

    Back when I was deployed to Iraq, I got to work with some Brits. I eventually made my way to the UK and got to have a beer with a few of the guys (pints, actually). Let me tell you this, those boys are good people and we always appreciated their help.

    For the 4 guys that are gone, my heart goes out. Maybe we can meet up on the "other side" and have a pint together one day.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Politick2

      Thank you for your service Jaybob!

      June 24, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonboy05

      Hey Jaybob, thanks for the comments about the british soldiers. I worked with the 501st Infantry once and the guys I worked with were alright. I think we should withdraw our troops and beef up the border security within our Nations. Leave the Aghans and Pakis to live in the 13th century, thats all that these people understand and they won't be changed.

      Cheers.

      June 25, 2010 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  55. mitch

    He has displayed great leadership in this war. You sir have never served in the military or you sir would know that Mc craystal broke a cradinal rule and had to go. The Armed service is not a democracy. This is the first action where all the major Republican players say the President did the only thing he could do and the replacement was a great choice.And tell me sir what leadership did Bush play other than allowing The number one terroist to escape at Torra Borra

    June 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • 335

      You had a point, then you had to play the Bush card.

      June 24, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      No, Mitch is right to play the 'Bush Card'. Do you think history happens in neat little compartmentalized chunks? Did you think that we weren't in Afghanistan before oBama was elected? No, all of the things that came before, most certainly including the Bush crime family, influence all the events after it. to leave W out of the commentary would be an oversight preferred by those with blinders on. Way to go, Mitch.

      June 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Politick2

      He showed great leadership today – kissing Russian President Demedvedev's butt.

      June 24, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Politick2

        For the 7th time I might add. More face to face (or face to whatever) meetings than with McChrystal).

        June 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slag

      It still strikes me as funny that Bush hired Petraeus, and Obama hired McChrystal. What is even funnier is that only a short time ago, liberals were calling Petraeus/betrayus

      June 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        What's even funnier is that people are bashing Bush for going into Afghanistan... when almost 100 percent of the nation wanted him to do so. That's Republicans, Democrats, and Independents wanting him to go into Afghanistan. Now that the war is going badly, people are blaming Bush for going into Afghanistan in the first place. Ha.

        June 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Walter L. Strickland

    Mr. Obama has NOT, himself,"displayed LEADERSHIP". HE has never served in the ARMED FORCES, does not know anything BUT POLITICS. And is only interested in serving ONLY HIMSELF, NOT THIS NATION. The General spoke his mind.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      Don't single out Obama... he's done plenty of screwing up already, but you act like the eight years of bush and Cheney didn't happen. They put us there, in Afghanistan. Obama is just trying to make the military boys happy. Without a war they are going to be roaming around in the states, looking for 'trouble'. Maybe they could secure the border! What an idea!!

      June 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • SupportTheTroops

        Are you somehow trying to suggest that US Armed Service men and women intentionally create "trouble" and that we are at war to simply occupy their idle hands from "roaming around in the states looking for trouble"? It is obvious from your statement that you have never served your country in any military capacity and surely have not been on the receiving side of war. The unpredictability and sheer stress of being away from home and loved ones is tremendous; all the while you are in constant fear for your life. Your comment was entirely uneducated and rude. The fact that Gen McCrystal has been removed from his Command illustrates that the US Military does things the right way. There is a Chain of Command and rules, when rules are broken consequences are met. It would be nice to say the same about our politicians and crooked corporate/commercial way of life.

        June 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • mastersam2000

        I agree with you and like to add some more the U.S need its wars to keep the militry industry going, it is a huge part of the economy scaling it down and there will be grave consequeces to economy and it is true youg hot heads need to be kept of of the streets. dont forget military industry lobbiyst wount let it happen.that is how the system works
        we are lacking real health care system(what we are going to get is joke) for all . we are uable to afford both and not to mention the federal deficit.that is hanging over our heads

        June 24, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Slag

        95% of the American people agreed with Bush on Afghanistan. If you don't believe it, look it up.

        June 24, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jaybob

        Yeah, trying to get a cold beer, good food, and a decent woman. That's that mayhem that US troops unleash when they aren't out killing some people in another country, let me tell you.

        Why can't they be good boys, like that one Lacrosse player who beat his girlfriend to death? Or like that one guy at VA Tech?

        June 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Baylee

        @SupportOurTroops I say you are dead on!!!! Thank you

        June 24, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • B. Dixon

        Hey "ficheye",

        How about defending proper English? I'm sure you are smart enough to capitalize Bush and Obama correctly.

        June 24, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • eric g

        that is a good point !

        June 25, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
      • james roberts

        The US Government put us American troops in Afghanistian, with majority of Americans and Congress supporting it.

        The military follows orders.

        The blame for this mess belongs squarely on Americans, 2nd is Congress (they're pathetic group only interested in re-election), 3rd is Bush & Cheney, 4th is Obama. Obama has until 2011 to get us out. He's actually skating on thin ice with many patriotic Americans who specifically voted for him to end US involvement in Afghanistan.

        It's his problem currently. Like the Vietnam War, Johnson should have ended not escalated it. Nixon should have ended but he continued the insanity under "withdrawal with honor" nonsense. His popularity plummeted as he continued and Watergate exposed the lies.

        Obama's clock is ticking too.

        June 25, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Ficheye... you're an idiot. It's obvious that you are not related to a soldier, nor are you even friends with one. They don't come back "looking for trouble" anymore than a person who just got off of work at the office. That statement proves to me that you're ignorant.

        June 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slag

      I wouldn't have given credit to Obama for being a politician.....maybe a community organizer for ACORN

      June 24, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  57. joseelr

    US is a country in crisis – leadership, gulf, economy, growth, etc.... now the military.

    As a Canadian, I am relieved we are out as of 2011....I really don't want our troops under US command. What a mess.

    June 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • AutosPak

      I second your opinion. Canada should not allow its military to be misused by the US.

      June 24, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • philip chen

        I fully agree; so many fine young canadian military personnel died in a war basically has nothing to do with Canada.
        we should remove our PM for sending our fine troops there.

        June 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sevinthseal

        Canada has a military?

        June 25, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • USA Patriot

      You Canadians are such cowards in my opinion. Just like the French. Explains why so many French are part of your country. One day, you're going to be faced with an event similar to 9/11. But instead of taking care of business like we've been trying to do for nine freaking years now, you're surely going to roll over and take it up the behind because you don't believe in standing up for yourselves. I hope to god we don't come to your rescue either. And frankly, I'm sick of America having to protect the world from the wicked and then getting crapped on by whom we've helped.

      June 24, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Politick2

        Right on! Eh?

        June 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Desjardins

        How come there are no terrorist attacks in countries like Switzerland . In order to eliminate terrorism you have to go to the roots and the cause of terrorism.

        June 24, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • joseelr

        Ah, the usual US reply – protecting the world! Funny, I look at it that we have helped you in Afghanistan.

        You obviously know nothing about Canadians in Afghanistan. As for your French comment, well, again, typical. As for your comment about the US protecting the world – please – get over yourselves. I do believe it's about the US need for oil and certainly is turning into nation building.

        June 24, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Baylee

        I am a Canadian born and raised here but spent a good part of my life in the USA... I am thankful for the Americans being across the border cause I know if anything that your country would be there in our time of crisis..As far as this war goes I think everyone in both countries should be saying thank you to all of our troops who have enough balls to fight for our freedoms. I would be the first one on here to admit Im not in the army and yes would be scared to fight this war. But my heart love and respect go out to all the men and women who have given their lives for us. May you RIP and your family have peace of mind to know you have done what not many of us would/will do...

        June 24, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        Patriot, your comments make no sense. Look at total coalition casualties in Afghanistan to date – for 9 years and by country. Canada has 148, 3rd out of 26 nations, behind only US 1062 and UK 303. Canada is 10% of US population and certainly doing as much or more than could be expected of an ally.

        June 24, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • French Patriot

        If you had read the article you would know that France is fighting along with the rest of the coalition allies. 44 French soldiers have died in the Afghanistan war so far. France has a stronger commitment to Afghanistan than even the USA which is planning to withdraw next year.

        June 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • B. Dixon

        I do not think the Canadians who gave their lives and the families who sacrificed their loved ones are cowards. Do you?

        June 24, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jesse

        If you call Canadians "cowards," you are ignoring history. Look at what the Canucks did in WWI, WWII, etc. How many Canadians have been accidentally killed by Americans in Afghanistan? How many Americans have Canadians killed? Whose military is imcompetent?

        June 25, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
      • gregrock777

        I agree, I'm tired of our country trying to keep the peace in the world and getting bashed for it. i don't see any other countries stepping up, trying to help out. but when they get attacked or bullied, they sure coming crying to the greatest country in the world. There's a reason why we are number 1, cause your all pansies, and jealous. We have our problems here, but at least we face them.

        June 26, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Baylee

      I am Canadian and I don't see what you are saying cause if/ when it happens here which it will you will be first to cry and we need the Americans by our side..Yes I understand the war thing of course which most people view as wrong but what can we do...On the other hand we as Canadians/Americans should be saying thank you to the husbands/wives children and paretns etc who have lost someone to this war we appreciate that your family has given us their lives to make us as countries what we are...I respect what they have given and done and I would be probably the first one on here to say I couldn't do it myself so by god thank you for your guts, love and great will to serve us all...

      June 24, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      Yeah just sit there and let the US take care of your country and borders. Your army can play catching beavers or whatever they do because we protect you and you do not need a military. Canadians are scared little chickens always wanting out of conflict, eh?

      June 25, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • james roberts

      Yes, 2011 is better than nothing. I wish it was sooner, because USA would have to send more, with increased costs to USA tax payer. It will accelerate USA bankruptcy, which is probably the only means to have USA troops leave.

      Hopefully Australian's new PM will accelerate its country's participation.

      June 25, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Marine from OK

      While I completely sympathize with not wanting to lose anymore of your nation's soldiers, I have to disagree with you when you say that the war has nothing to do with Canada. The war started out idealistically, but now, with the economic crises nations across the world are facing, coupled with the threat of a well armed, well trained, and well fortified enemy hell bent on cultivating radical world views, I find cant understand how Canada is isolated from involvement.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        As a U.S. citizen who loves his country, I must thank the other nations involved in Afghanistan. In particular... the Canadians and British have been very helpful in holding down their AO (area of operation) amid these tough times. I don't know why some people from either nation feel the need to bash each other. We should save the bashing for the evil in the world (the Taliban).

        June 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Larry Valecia, Calif.

    It just shows that the United States is doing it right... They are desperate than we thought by what they are doing!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Manmohan Lal

      USA will only leave Afghanistan when India decides for them to leave.

      and USA or allies are definitely not leaving Afghanistan untill our objectives of conquering Pakistan are not achieved.

      We had zero presense in Afghanistan before USA arrived and now we are all over the place with 15 plus consulates and cultural centres all along the Afghani border of Pakistan. We have successfully forced Pakistan to remove some of their forces from our borders to Afghanistan border.

      We will force them divert more so that we can just swarm them and annex them once and for all. Dream of Maha bharat (greater India) must come true and wtierh USA and allies like it or not, they will stay in Afghanistan untill India's objectives to annex Pakistan are achieved.

      June 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • B. Dixon

        Are you kidding me?

        Seriously.

        I do not understand your logic at all.

        June 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Alexander

        ROFL. If this isn't a troll post, I don't know what is!

        June 25, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Shawn

        Manmohan What in the hell are you talking about. You cant even control Pakistan and now your talking about USA.
        Buy a gas station and shut up thats the only thing you guys good at. India was invaded 10 time by Afghans and you still talk.

        June 25, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Painful Deceptions

        Shawn, it was not 10 time, in fact one Afghan king, Ghazni alone invaded 17 times. Indians are chickens created to lay eggs (thats how they got 1+ Billion population. Sometime they scream like roosters to prove that they are not chickens and forget that the roosters are children of chicken. LOL

        June 25, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Whit Miller

        To you Mahoman or whatever your name is, India is a crap country and I almost peed myself laughing when you said dreaming of the "greater india" all you guys can go is up!
        Whit

        June 25, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
      • johnny boy

        LOL! You should become an author and right fictional novels. You have one hell of an imagination!

        June 25, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
      • james roberts

        interesting view point. And given USA past lies, mis-infomration, deceit in USA previous covert ops, or out right invasions, Vietnam, Iraq, Panama, Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador), Iran, Argentina, Chile.

        America only does what's good for America. It isn't interested in countries' citizens, only the countries wealth; e.g., natural resources of strategic importance to transport natural resources as cheaply as possible. Hence the word collateral damage was introduced.

        June 25, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Shahzad

        Mr.Manmohan you don't make any sence. Do you really think India can face Pakistan Army?

        June 25, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
      • naser

        Hey Manmohan Lal!
        You can't contorl small piece of land called Kashmir, how u talk about contorlling USA. Afghanistan is not your mother's country which you want to compete with Pakistan. Idiot Indians....

        June 29, 2010 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  59. s murphy

    Always enjoyed Carol Costello, but she crossed the line this morning with her comment about the Gerneral. Somehow she lost her professionalism with her comments during the newscast this morning. The public wants facts not her viewpoint. Viewpoints are not news. She needs to be hauled to the woodshed.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Hamas disallows mail, Red Cross visits
      UPI Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:57 PM PDT
      JERUSALEM, June 23 (UPI) - Hamas says it will not allow the Red Cross to visit or allow any mail to or from captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit because of security concerns. Hamas – Gilad Shalit – Israel Defense Forces – Israel – International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

      June 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • KingTut

        desjardins...are you serious? Hitler did much worse! I hope you were joking.

        June 25, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |