July 23rd, 2010
04:08 PM ET

Deploying to Afghanistan

U.S. soldiers from the 22nd Infantry Regiment Division at Fort Benning, Georgia, boarded a plane to Afghanistan from the U.S. transit center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, on Friday. U.S. troops resumed full-scale use of the Kyrgyzstan transit center for Afghan war operations following a brief slowdown due to ethnic violence there. The transit center in Manas was opened in 2001, when U.S. military operations in Afghanistan began.


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  1. Robert

    Anyone who just thinks nuking places is the answer is a negative nihilist who does not care for his fellow human beings. There's still good people out there and we abandon them if we leave. there's kids relying on us to do what we promised to do. I supported Bush in Afghanstan but disagreed with Iraq. YOu NEVER open up a second front while the first war front is unresolved. anyone worth his salt in military strategy will tell you that.

    November 9, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    Afghanistan is where we can do the most good. Look at the plight of orphans there. There's actually people who want us to stay there and the reason we went in is to root out the Taliban who have been responsible for 9-11. Yet, I know there's plenty who still believe Saddam planned 9-11 just like the crazy people who believe Bush let 9-11 happen. Those are crazy conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, the first one, people actually acted on it and attacked Iraq, denying the USarmy of precious resources to corner Osama Bin Laden (remember him?). Now, not only is Iraq a mess... but OBL escaped into Pakistan. The REpublicans went for two birds in the bush... and not kept the one bird in their hands... and lost both.

    November 9, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. BillyWirth

    You jokers are as stupid as you sound, to hell with afgan, iraq and iran! nuke these SOB's! all of them! those who have sympathy for these a**hat countries can go over there when the nukes hit!

    August 25, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. batmace

    Have you guys really forgotten why we went to Afgan and why we are there? Sure we have been there for a while, but the job isnt finished yet. We knew it wouldn't be easy. And I have a feeling the whole war on terror is going to last a long long time.

    July 30, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. ali

    USA lose war in Afghanistan so it batter 4 him 2 leave afghanistan otherwise get ready 4 worst

    July 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. trueamerican

    absluetly sick people...know they should ask..allians or vampires..or they should ask hoolywood to send afghanistan spider mans..batmans or supermans.. there to fight with villagers of afghanistan..wao what a super power!!

    July 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phil

    The US Manas airbase is important to the new government of Kyrgyzstan. It provides much needed income to the country. Now the old corrupt Bakiev regime has been kicked out (April 2010), there is a chance that Kyrgyzstan will move towards a more democratic system in the October elections. The income and the feeling of security provided by the airbase, as well as a useful platform for the US to encourage the new government, is important for the future of the country and the region as a whole. But is also sad that the principle purpose of the airbase is to supply the war in Afghanistan.

    July 24, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Don't you think that the Kyrgystanis should be concerned that their country might just be on NATO's calender of conquest?If I was one of them,I would be.

      July 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dindy

    The situation is in Afghanistan or any other place...we must understand this is a spiritual war fare. who is going to protect home land when all young Americans are deployed in all over the world??Oh lord!!

    July 24, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Smith in Oregon

      Perhaps it is a matter of perception, I feel the enormous 4th. branch of America's government the Dept. of Homeland Security which actually is an enormous Shadow Government of over 800,000 managers with top secret or higher clearance actually is making America and The World much less safer and entirely more likely to require a deep military bunker for anything remotely resembling 'survival'. The vast majority of American citizens living on Main Street, USA do not live in nor have access to deep military bunkers, they live on the surface in wooden structures and simply hung out in the wind. America's Shadow Government appears to be the recipe outlined in Dr. Strange Love's movie about Nuclear Warfare and their attempt to ensure who and what is left after the 'glow'. The propeller heads in these sheltered agencys across America do not care about anyone besides those composing the 4th. Branch of Government period.

      July 24, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jakobi

        Pharoahnic NU cons of Egyptian and Persian origin pretending to be Christians and Jews do not care of no one but the enslavement of humanity on any cost.

        July 25, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel-2

    Just think,had the Communists succeeded 30 years ago,none of this would be happening today!

    July 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grimlock

      Your mistake is assuming that said communist government would actually WORK.

      We've got enough problems with Islamic fundamentalism, we don't need a collapsing communist system thrown into the mix.

      July 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      You just hit the nail on the head,Daniel.Thank you.

      July 24, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    Why doesn't anyone ever talk about the way drug prohibition fuels this whole mess?
    Decriminalizing drug use is the single biggest (if not only) move we could make that
    would have a real impact on the Taliban, the mob, you name it. Everything could go back to normal.

    As long as that drug money is there nothing is going to work. Nothing. Ever.
    Because people are not going to stop getting high. Never. Ever.
    I could go on and on, but you get the idea.
    No one is for drug abuse, but this international prohibition policy is a galactic loser.

    July 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Smith in Oregon

    The US refueling and the U.S. transit center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan should be closed down by Kyrgyzstan. Help America live the region entirely. American taxpayers are running out of bribe payments to Kyrgyzstan to use that airstrip and losing patience in the utterly failed nation shake and bake strategy rebuilding Afghanistan with American lives and taxpayer dollars while hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans with children are languishing here in America without help, hope nor any jobs due to Republican lawmakers obstruction and filibusters of Senate hearings and Senate legislation.

    July 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Well put,Smith.

      July 23, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        It's sad to see all these guys deploy just like the Russians did 30 years ago.How history has a way of repeating itself!

        July 23, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      I totally agree,Smith.

      July 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy

      exactly it is true

      July 24, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • adam

      yea, close it down and lose a very important gateway into the middle east. shutting down manas would be a huge loss for oif/oef operations.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caitlyn Monroe

      Read this before you make your political decisions. And don't forget that we went to Afghanistan because people who were there murdered thousands of uninvolved, innocent Americans on our own soil. That's why we went, here's how we'll succeed: http://afghanistan.blogs.cnn.com/2010/08/01/petraeus-rules-fight-taliban-get-to-know-the-locals/

      August 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • info

        mitworld.mit.edu/video/488

        mitworld.mit.edu/video/645

        lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/john-mearsheimer/the-israel-lobby

        web.hks.harvard.edu/publications/workingpapers/citation.aspx?PubId=3670

        August 3, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |