August 17th, 2010
10:34 AM ET

Poll: U.S. opposition to Afghan war at all-time high

Unpopularity with the war in Afghanistan reached an all-time high in CNN polling with 62 percent saying they oppose it, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey. Moreover, confidence in the Afghan government is low. Seven in 10 Americans are not confident that Hamid Karzai's government can handle the situation there.

In an interview with NBC on Sunday, Gen. David Petraeus, the top general in Afghanistan, made clear that it will take a lot of time and commitment to achieve the overall goal of preventing Afghanistan from again becoming a haven for international terrorism.

"I didn't come out here to carry out a graceful exit or something like that," Petraeus said of taking command in Afghanistan this summer to replace ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

Petraeus also repeated the administration line on plans to begin withdrawing some troops from Afghanistan in August 2011, saying the "transition" will be based on conditions on the ground.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll surveyed 1,009 Americans between August 6 and 10 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

More about polling on Iraq from CNN's Political Ticker


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  1. salerno

    I did not post comments in this page under other name.

    August 21, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      You didn't but 'phonie boy' has used it elsewhere to amuse themselves. Sad isn't it?

      August 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Don't feel bad,salerno.Phunnie boy does it to me all the time trying to make a joke out of this obscene war just to amuse himself.Quite sickening,isn't it?

      August 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        yes, it makes some confusion.

        August 21, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. salerno

    81 comments were posted before my first one in this page.

    August 21, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. bangash

    IT IS EASY TO ASSES THE COST FOR SUCH ADVENTURES. TODAY ALMOST EVERY AMERICAN IS PAYING FOR WHAT HAD BEEN IMPOSED ON THEM IN THE NAME OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION OR IN THE NAME OF WAR ON TERROR. HAD SUCCESSORS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS FOLLOWED THEIR STEPS, WORLD WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT AND WE ALL IN THIS UNIVERSE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN AN IDEAL SITUATION, FREE OF EVEN A SINGLE BULLET AND BOMBS. NOW WHEN TIME PROVED HAS PROVED THAT EMPIRES FALL WHEN IT IS EXTENDED BEYOND LIMITS

    August 20, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Coherently I support this truth. Jefferson said in 1806 " the spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force" and later in 1961 Eisenahuer warned about the potential for a disastrous rise of misplaced power consequent the conjunction of large arms industry and immense military estabilishment.

      August 20, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        How right you are,salerno!I totally agree.

        August 20, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        What a stupid sycophant answer.

        August 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Patton, sycophant is a word way to complicate for you to use properly ! Be aware that CITATION IS NOT DELATION !

        August 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        Did you usurp my ID again,Phunnie boy?How dare you???

        August 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        Congratulations salerno. You have mastered copying and pasting now look up the words past tense. And George Patton the only person that posts comments here on CNN that uses the words "Phunnie boy" is Daniel-2 also known as Bledsoe. How many names do you post comments under?

        August 21, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Het Eric,you forgot about me! I'm the original Larry,by the way.I think that you're Phunnie boy who keeps usurping other peoples' IDs.

        August 21, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        By the way,are you really Eric or are you just using his name?It's really a shame that there's always somebody around trying to make a sick joke out of this obscene war.How revolting!!!

        August 21, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
      • atal

        Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever... I think you have 'mental problems' you need a 'check up from the neck up'

        August 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. salerno

    DO NOT SUPPORT TROUP SUPPORT TRUTH .

    August 20, 2010 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    Greatest Generation i mean

    August 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The People of this Country started going down hill after the WWII were born!!! They all became the Me Generation after that... Now we have the No Generation!!!

      August 19, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    also just saying this i don't want the usa to become a superpower anymore more people liked us when we weren't and if we werent we can have a better country yet still get involved will foregin polices such as floods and other disasters and STOP trading with china in the 40s it was known as the Greast Generation because we fought in ww2 and made our own products

    August 19, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      In order to do that You would have to vote all the Republicans out of office!!!

      August 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    when there were more al qaeda millitants there then afghainstan and the guy who said obama won't win next election u r right unless palin becomes republican canidate i hate her

    August 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      If This Country is Stupid enough to vote the Republicans back into office!!! They They deserve what ever happens to This Country... Obama is doing everything possible to get this Country back the way Clinton did when He was in Office!!!

      August 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tom

    and btw i don't get it how obama supports war in afghainstan and he did not support war in iraq qhen there were more al qaeda militans there then afghainstan

    August 19, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Do You really think he had a choice??? The Troops were there before He took office!!! Now He is doing His best to get us out like We got out of Iraq...

      August 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom

        You know he thinks he can eliminate terror but he can't no one can if i was president i would try to stop the expansion of terror

        August 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    here is what i would do with Afghainstan if i was president first send many advisors to afghaistan to train the troops then i would have to deal with the corrupted government and then yeah al qaeda attacked us we should leave afghainstan it's now the longest war in USA history ok we don't need to be there neither does the rest of NATO they want to leave too you know

    August 19, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The United Sates is just as Corrupted as any other Country!!! All We can do is try to make the Country so that they can take care of themselves...

      August 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. salerno

    Thank you to all american people who are opposing the war ! This is the real fight.

    August 19, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Is it in the Qoran ?

      August 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      You pick on Our Country and We always give Them a good fight!!!

      August 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George Patton

    He Acmed,quit posting that photo,will you?We're all aware of the damage the NATO forces are doing over there so your photo is not necessary.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Stalin

      Hi Acmed, carry on posting that photo,won't you?We're all aware of the damage the taliban are doing over there so your photo is completely necessary.

      August 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Joe,I thought that we were friends.Why would you post a bald faced lie like that when you know it isn't true?Or are you the real Joe Stalin?I wonder.

      August 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Hey you,who gave you the right to use the name of my good friend Joe Stalin?I know my friend better than that.We go back a long way.By usurping his name,you made me mad and I resent it!!!

      August 21, 2010 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Daniel-2/George Patton/Joseph McCarthy. You have really lost the plot and now you have stolen salerno's name too shame on you...

      August 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      And you stole mine! It's quite a pity that some jerk like you comes along and tries to make a sick joke ot of this horrific war! how disgusting!

      August 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      It was mine first Daniel-2 etc. How many more have you stolen?

      August 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    Wow why don't we leave afghanistan soon we techinically won the war we overthrew the taliban eliminated al qaeda in afghainstan the only problem is dealing with the government of afghainstan

    August 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      We just poled our Military Troops out of Iraq today!!! Next year we will be poling Our troops out of Afghanistan next year!!!

      August 19, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Warren

    We go to war in order to make a profit and enrich the already weathy war profiteers plus promote the political careers of right-wing politicians and don't let any right-wing nutjob tell you otherwise!

    August 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Hah...

      August 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • You

        What's that supposed to mean,Phunnie boy?Warren just made a very good post and I couldn't agree with him more and you know he's right!

        August 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Ha Ha...

        August 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The only ones that make a profit the the bush and Cheney!!! The American People are the losers because we are the ones paying for it with Our love Ones and our Money...

      August 19, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
      • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

        "We" How do you work that one out paki phony boy?

        August 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. You

    The U.S is not in the business of winning wars folks – we've only won WWII and Deserts Storm – otherwise, we go to war to bring about change. What does winning a war even mean – it used to mean you had less troops killed, well, we win. 2 Million Iraqis dead to our 5000. What does it mean now – overthrowing the Taliban? Well, we win. Killing more of them, well, we win. Does it mean not letting the war affect your general population, well, I went shopping yesterday at the mall, did Afghans? Well, we win. What does winning mean? The only thing "winning" can mean in Afghanistan is not allowing them to claim victory when we leave as that will make it more difficult to combat terrorism – we should stay there as long as is needed for their to be a central Afghan government – even if it takes 100 years – the world and your children will be better off for it. Stop thinking only in the NOW and think about the FUTURE of the world. The losses now could very well mean the saving of millions of lives in the future, and that is why we fight.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

      I think that you know better than that,You!However,your free to believe whatever you want.

      August 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • You

      Sorry Bubba for spewing my right-wing stupidity.I don't know what got into me!!!

      August 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      We do not go into war to win them... We are There so that the Country where we are at can win it themselves!!! That is a Big Different than any other Country would do...

      August 19, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Delta Operator

    War in the middle east is a national pastime. It has been going on for centuries by their own design. From a military standpoint, we will not win "the hearts and minds" of the people who don't trust nor want us in their country and thus will not "win" a war over there. Did we not notice what happened to the USSR when they got mired down in that country. Did we not notice what happened to us in Vietnam. Different people in different countries but basically the same scenarios. Those people don't want to get along with each other and they sure don't want intervention from "infidels". Its time our so called leaders in Washington woke up and realized that if we pulled out of there and let nature take its course, we could spend the trillions of dollars over here curing things like, cancer, ALS, etc... Think of what we could do in our own country with that appropriation of funds.

    August 18, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mikey

    Larry speak for yourself, 10 years and 3 combat tours later we are wasting our time Afghanistan Government is corrupt, the U.S. just found another reason to stay a little longer in Afghanistan. It's called "natural resources" that was just found in the mountains. These people don't want our help and me personally I say screw 'em. The way we will protect our country is that the troops stay home and take down any Terrorist group or Sleeper Cell we have in the country. As far as Obama goes I will say he is trying his best to help this country.

    Phantom I feel what you are saying, but you have to understand the military is a big numbers game and no one within the chain of commands cares about a soldier, marine, seamen, or airmen. The more people go out and come back the faster the officers get promoted. The military now a days is crazy no comraderie, no teamwork, and the basic values that is supposed to be up held by the leaders are now being broken by the leaders. Suicides are up amongst the service members cause no one cares anymore about the troops fighting this debacle. Service members are being sent to fight a war that is not 100% healthy. BTW families are being torn apart by multiple deployments to this debacle, I say a debacle cause it is no longer a war, it is now known as who spit the best game, who can get richer while service members are losing their lives.

    In conclusion yes I have wasted my time precious time in this debacle screw these people. Now they want to build a mosque at ground zero. They get a mosque at ground zero when we start building Christian Churches in the middle of Baghdad, and the middle of Kabul that is when they will get there mosque at "GROUND ZERO." What hell am I fighting for

    August 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • You

      Baghdad has many Christian churches and many Christians. Just google it.

      August 18, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • You

      Oh, not to mention we are America and a foundation our country was built on was their right to build the Mosque – thats what makes us "better" than them....we hold ourselves to higher standards.

      August 18, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
      • American Soldier

        Hey,You.That simply is not the case and you know it.We're no better than anybody else!

        August 18, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        What name are you going to use/steal next Daniel-2? You haven't tried God or Jehova yet.

        August 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • You

        I just answered your question,Phunnie boy!

        August 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Smith in Oregon

    Russia will begin helping Iran load nuclear fuel rods into the civilian Bushehr nuclear reactor this Saturday. If Israel were to bomb the civilian Bushehr reactor after the fuel rods are loaded, that would likely spread radioactive fallout thru-out that region, greatly bringing direct condemnation on Israel thru-out the entire Middle East.

    Previously Israel bombed Iraq's civilian nuclear reactor just prior to it's being loaded with fuel rods and operational. Israel also bombed an alleged fuel rod conversion plant in Syria before it was fully operational. Odd's are that Israel will do the same to Iraq, however there is much more at stake with both Russia and China's interest in Iran and North Korea closely following the affairs in Iran.

    Iran has leased and purchased some of the worlds most advanced tunneling machines and has used them to build extensive military complexes deep within Iranian mountains making them entirely immune to conventional bunk-busting aerial bombs. Each of those would take Multiple Nuclear bombs to destroy them. Israel could attack them with conventional bunker busting aerial bombs in a crass and callous attempt to draw America into a war against Iran, but that would only anger Iran and do nothing in regards to destroying those targets.

    Meanwhile America has massed a large Naval 'war-games' off the shore of Korea. Obviously the overwhelming concern by the US Military is that Israel attacks Iran and North Korea attacks South Korea in response. Many American lives hang in the balance and Iran is following the NPT International treaty entirely. When is Israel held to obeying International Laws?

    Russian inspectors and engineers would likely be killed and undoubtedly Russia would respond by placing S-300 advanced anti-aircraft missile battery's across Iran's military complex sites which Iran has allegedly already paid Russia for but have not received delivery of them.

    It looks like yet another difficult week for international affairs brought on by Israel's current war drumming government. Under International Law, Iran has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has International legal rights to obtain and use civilian nuclear reactors for Science, Medical and Electrical Power generation purposes. When is the world going to hold and force Israel to obey International Laws?

    August 17, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • You

      Iran is not following the NPT rules – thats what the whole fuss is about – they have many unanswered questions. You sir, couldn't be more wrong. When Iran gets a bomb they will give it to terrorists, no question in most people's minds about it. The best thing Iran could do to strike a blow to the U.S is actually fully comply with the nuclear watchdog folks – who by the way, are a completely independent agency who could care less about what the U.S. thinks. They look out for the world, not just the U.S....and they are the ones saying Iran is not in full compliance and have hid activities that suggest they are hiding something else.

      August 18, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  18. Dave

    This is it on the comments? I thought this was the War the Left said was the one we should fight? get out of Iraq fight the terrorist where they live. Bush picked the wrong War. You have no sense of history. Do you really believe if we leave this war or even Iraq, it wan't come back in our face? Get a clue. Next time try surveing people who are in the know.

    August 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      These People are like at the horse race that the horse needs blinders in order to race!!! They can't see the truth because they are to busy listening to the lies...

      August 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Yup and you keep telling them...

        August 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        And so are the majority of Americans for that matter.

        August 18, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  19. DAWK

    AMERICANS WILL NOT RE-ELECT OBAMA!! AND MOST AMERICANS CAN NOT....DESCRIBE THE REASON WE ARE IN AFGANISTAN-FIGHTING FOR WHAT?
    THE NEXT BIG 'CLUB' WAR POLICY,WILL BE FOUGHT WHEN 'BETRAY-US' LOSSES ,AND AFGANISTAN BECOMES A TALIBAN NATION AND ONLY NUKING LARGE POPULATIONS OF TALIBANS,GATHERED TOGETHER,WILL MASS KILL THEM INTO OBLIVION. YES,IT WILL BE EVIL,BUT THAT DAY WILL COME,IF AMERICANS GET A FEW OF THEIR CITIES SUIT-CASE-NUKED.
    THIS CURRENT 'WAR' WILL END,AS BANKRUPT AMERICA, DEFAULTS ON CHINA LOANS,AND THE GAME OF 'HOMELAND SECURITY' BECOMESMORE- REAL,WITH MARSHAL LAW,SEEKING EVERY NOOK AND CRANNIE FOR TERROISTS WITH SUIT-CASE-NUKES,MADE IN NORTH KOREA.
    THE NEXT AMERICAN PRESIDENT,WITH NO MORE 'WAR MONEY TO SPEND', WILL SAY 'NUKE-EM-ALL',TO THOSE TERROIST WHO DARE TO NUKE OUR COUNTRY.
    LETS HOPE OTHER-WORLD,ALIENS-WATCHING,CAN DISARM ALL NUKES,BEFORE THIS HAPPENS.

    August 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      WHY ARE YOU YELLING??? IT DOES NOT MAKE WHAT YOU SAY RIGHT!!!

      I Pray to GOD You are Wrong!!! Because This Country can not afford to have even 4 more years of the NO REPUBLICANS... They messed up this Country bad enough already!!! You Republicans have such a short Memory who started This mess in the first place... You had 12 years of Bush over 1/34 years of Obama so Please tell Me how Obama could make a mess like this in 1 3/4 Years??? How could Obama start 2 wars when He wasn't in office??? Which Party is the Party of no??? Which Party is stopping This Country from getting better??? It is the Republicans!!! So why would the People be stupid enough to put Them back into Office!!! Especially with Idiots like Sara Palin being in the Party!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Bill

    Must be a CNN poll. Nobody likes war but when your attacked you need to respond. Me, I would have nuked them but thats why i'm not president.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Bill,if I were president we'd have been out of both Afghanistan and Iraq a year and a half ago!!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Warren

        In fact,we shoud never have gotten in!!!But we had a warmonger for a president who was hellbent on going to war and deeply devoted to the MIC(military-industrial-complex).Nowadays the MIC seems to run everything and that's why our economy is ashambles!

        August 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        If You were President We would be the United Arabs League rather than the United States!!!

        August 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Sure you kill the whole Country just to get rid of the Tarriest right??? The problem if the Tarriest would be in the Other Country before You bomb there!!! So then are you going to keep on Nuking every Country until You get them??? All you have to do is ask Israel to do it and it would get done right!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Warren: The difference between the Democrats and Republicans is... The Democrats knows how to Finish a War and the Republicans know how to start them!!! It is the Republicans that are for Wars not the Democrats...

        August 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Warren

        Larry,will you learn how to spell?It's Terrorists,not Tarriests!!!Besides,we don't need a war to keep them out.Our police forces will do the job as well since they're the real heros anyway.

        August 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • You

      Agreed, we need to level the entire country. Its pick a side and fight, or get the hell out of the way. this idea of "protecting civilians' is worthless and costs more than if we just killed everyone. When your country is at war, you fight or get out of the way. Biggest mistake we ever made was separating countries from war. Countries go to war. That means their entire population is at war – pick a side or get out of the way – your country is at war – Afghanistan.

      August 18, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  21. PhantomBeast

    Having spent the better part of their young lives conceiving, gestating, feeding, raising and educating morally, intellectually and spiritually a twenty some year old offspring which could all be ended by a lone AK-47 Bullet sending their young pride home in a body bag or in pieces left from an IED (improvised explosive device), Parents are very worried that their kids might get sucked up into this whole middle east mess and Don't KNOW What To Do????????

    MOMS and DADS LISTEN UP!!! If your Son or Daughter or both have just returned from a Fun Stint at the local Army Recruiter's War Games Video Arcade, using the Latest virtual firepower equipped weapons which have them in awe and thoroughly infecting them with "War Fever" and wanting to SIGN UP -EEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!! -Take it Easy Mom – Take It Easy Dad! – HERE IS WHAT YOU DO: CALMLY have Him or Her or Both sit down with you in front of your DeskTop or Laptop, whichever you have in your home, and then Go To GOOGLE and Type IN: "US Armed Forces Enlistment Contract" and Presto! Up pops the devil himself! It is Free and there for all to view and read. Now go over this contract making sure Your Kids are reading it with you. They will SOON see that the Army promises NOTHING unless an Excellent Trade and/or Professional training program IS LISTED and SIGNED to by the RECRUITER. If NO training program is listed the army can put your offspring into VERY Dangerous Parts of the world grunting around with a rifle for Year and a half long deployments of the 8 year sign-up, 4 Active and 4"Recalled Reserve" which is what these Young Men and Women are facing Now. This armed forces enlistment contract MUST be signed by anyone who Joins Up at which point they are indentured servants to the whims of the Army officers who themselves are the offspring of the wealhty elite or republican club cadre politicos. They consider your Son and/or Daughter property of the army and will do whatever they wish with them. Now Once you have gone over the Army "Contract" with your kids, you have done your job and responsibility for protecting them. If they still have The Fever and insist on "Joining The Core" Well, at Least you have made sure They KNOW What They Are Getting Themselves into. And THAT, Moms and Dads is ALL you can do to keep your kids Out Of Harms Way....

    Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • ShareFacts

      :) :) :) :) Bro u r funny. Keep it up...

      August 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I just LOVE how those of You that never spent time in the Military talk like You know what YOU are saying!!! You giving advice to the Family of Those that might go into the Military would be like Me giving advice to the Head of a University!!! Neither one of us would know Our Ass from a hole in the ground on the Subject... The only difference I'm not stupid enough to give advice on something I don't know about!!! I don't know one Person that was ever in the Military that feels it was a waste of Their time... It is the best way for People to learn about real life and how to take care of Yourself!!! If You can come back from a War... You can make it under any conditions!!! Even the Homeless are better off than those that never served!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nate, OLY WA

        WASTE OF TIME, again Larry....please don't speak for ALL veterans, expecially ones with 22yrs of service and 2 combat patches.

        August 17, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • CNN Reader #1

        Larry–I am in Kabul right now. I don't believe that we (coalition forces) are making much of a difference in the day-to-day progress. I meet with Afghan people within the government everyday to advise and mentor. They play the game but for every bit of advice we give to improve their country, they want more stuff in return. Most of the time it's vehicles. They take the vehicles in the name of the government and use them for personal usage or they drain them of oil and gas to burn in the winter and store them for the coalition to fill with gas and oil once again. Their culture here is bribery and corruption where the top guys get ahead not the population. By most any means, our endeavor is a huge loss of resources (money and American lives) but it is one we owe to the country from bombing missions of previous administrations. We have killed scores of the civilian population mostly because the people we are hunting use the civilians as human shields to move the public opinion against the COIN strategy and the strategic coalition presence. As a student of history, the country populous must want change for the better–it starts from the President down and it hasn't happened since we arrived in 2003. I will be here, supporting our President and our troops, but in my opinion this is another Vietnam-like result.

        August 20, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The only thing Bush and Cheney brought to This Country is a Failing Government... They gave us a War we never needed and rook the Troops out of the War who did 9/11!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  22. David McGlaughlin

    No wonder. Just like Viet Nam, this is a war we lost the moment we invaded. Every life lost is for a lie, and a waste. Just for what did 51,000 Americans die in Viet Nam? Where did it get us? This is the same. In 50 years, people will see that it was all for nothing here too. Bush & Cheney should be in jail as war criminals. But Holder and Obama are too gutless and spineless.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      David,how right you are!!!Need I say more???

      August 17, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      What part of the Service we You in??? Because those of Us that were in the Service don't feel it was the waste of Our time!!! We were fighting to keep this Country free... I would say We did a good job because Idiots like You still have the right to complain about Our Country!!! We have never tried to concord none of the Countries... We just wanted to keep Tarriest and Communist out of the Countries!!! I personally think We did a good job myself...

      August 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Free from what,exactly?How does any war keep any country free from ghosts,or better said, people who don't exist in the first place?This country has fallen under the control of the MIC(military-industrial-complex) who in turn controls both the president and Congress.

        August 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Warren

        Larry,you said it all!!!

        August 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nate, OLY WA

        3rd AD first time, 1st ID second time, don't speak for me Larry...these wars are a waste of most precious resource...our young men and women. I'd rather see 2nd Cav on the US/Mex border than in Iraq and Afghanistan, at least they'll accomplish something here.

        August 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Maritta

    To Boo-boo - Obama Style!!!

    Let me explain the facts of life to you. Not one American is worth a billion of you and your kind. If you don't like it, get the hell out. People are giving up there lives for garbage like you.

    I don't like the way the war is being waged, but I support our troops first and foremost.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Maritta,will you just stop with that right-wing mumbo-jumbo!!!It gets old and how!!!Please!

      August 17, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      Tell me – what "Christian" religion do you subscribe to?

      August 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The way Obama is working both Wars is a lot better than the way that Bush Jr did it!!! At least this way We have a better chance to keep the Tarriest out...

      August 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  24. BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    It's about time that the American people wised up about this obnoxious war!!!Maybe they will vote some of these pro-war Chalatans out of office and then we can give that country back to the Afghans into whose hands it belongs!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • dwight huth

      Hopefully you're right,Bubba.Afghanistan does belong to the Afghans and not to NATO as these right-wing freaks keep on blabbering!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Next Year You will get your wish!!! We can't afford to have the Military of both Wars home at the same time... There aren't enough jobs as is for the ones that will be coming home!!!

        August 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Like the comments made above, i will just bet at least 75% of those polled were in fact Daniel-2...

        August 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        Tax payers are already paying for the each of the soilder around a millioin $ per year to stay in Afghanistan. Each soilder comming back can create jobs for 10 people at 100K. You can definately do some good with 10 people paid 100K per annum here at home. So not having a job here is not a good logic. Wtih this logic should we send all the job less to Afghanistan at a price tag of a million $? I dont think so. A milliion $ per year can pay off job less claims of 40 people if not more.

        August 18, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • atal

        Who are you fooling paki boy learn to spell.

        August 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • DOWNWITHALA

        really people, ur right we should get out of that nasty place once we have dropped a couple of A1 BOMBS so then we never need to go back... and let me guess its only the right wings who want to be there last time i checked the left controls the white house, the sent, the house pretty much the whole thing so why are we still there when u leftest could pass whatever you want thru congress and get the troops out of iraq and afgan. but u still blame t on the right. congress has 11 % approval for a reason because its controlled by the left wake the hell up,u got ur prez in the white house and what hashe done nothing. but blame everything on the right but when something goes good its his him being the hero...

        August 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShareFacts

      No matter we like it OR not, If we want to end this conflict in Afghanistan, we have to get help from Pakistan, so they can force Afghan Taliban to get on with negotiations with USA. We have already tried alone for 9 years alone and its not working..

      We will have to accept the fact that Pakistan Army / ISI will never let India get into any role in Afghanistan..because they do not want to get encircled by india from both sides.. As soon as we realize above, we can we out of this mess in Afghanistan..

      August 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Afghanistan doesn't want to have to deal with India!!! Not with Their Troops at the Boarder of both Pakistan and Afghanistan... They have better hopes of making a deal with Pakistan!!!

        August 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        "Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever..." What you posted made no sense at all. Afghanistan has troops at the "Boarder of both Pakistan and Afghanistan..." There is only one border between them.

        August 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Hey Phunnie boy,will you and Larry learn how to spell?It's "border" not "boarder".You can quit blogging under my name while you're at it,too!!!

        August 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • atal

        He wrote border you dollop of dung the rest was in quotation marks...

        August 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Just what We need is the Party of NO into office!!! Don't you think They made enough mess of This Country already???

      August 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        Party of "yes we can" has a new slogan called "Yes we can but should we?"
        Yes we can end this war but should we?
        Yes we can close Gimo but should we?
        Yes we can reduce budget deficit but should we?

        August 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        Dont get me wrong but I have less hopes from party of Bush, Oil and co.

        August 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • whomey24

      You know most people just want us to keep to ourselves and not worry about conflicts around the world, but look where that got us. It brought the conflict to our doorstep in 2001. People dont realize that if we pull out now its going to bring everything back to our doorsteps instead of failed attempts. Taliban are getting smarter in their ways and even with as much security screenings that we have some still slip through, so my question to everyone is this: What will you do when/if its brought back to our doorsteps? I already know that if thats the case then everyone would most likely want us back there to rid the world of terrorists. No body else is stepping up to the plate but us primarily. Yes you have britain, germany, australia, but come one we are the ones who have 100,000's of troops there.

      August 17, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        do you know there was not one Taliban/ pushtoon in vovled in 9/11 attacks. Did you know Taliban asked for Proof from USA of involvemnet of Bin Ladin before they hand him over to a third party but no proof was ever provided as Bush Mr Tough Guy wanted war to give billions of $ of contracts to haliburton and war industry so that his friends can get richer at the expense fo US Tax payers

        August 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharefact

      Must Watch interview by Hamid Gul : Eye Opener.

      Google: "Former Pakistani ISI Chief Hamid Gul: "God Help America!!" – The Alex Jones

      August 18, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • You

      The Afghans didn't have their country – the Taliban did...most of whom could care less about Afghanistan.

      August 18, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        Should I care which country is ruled by whome? Why can't out Gov protect us sitting in our own territory? Why do we have to send troops out ot Afghanistan miles away to protect us here? Why cannot we protect out self just like all other countries?

        Would we ever accept Afghan army come here in US and try to controle us as a pretext of security? No we will never ever accept any outer force to controle us as a pretext of security or what not. Then why are we waitting for last 10 years for them to accept us there in Afghanistan?

        August 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShareFacts

      Must Watch eye opener Interview by Former Pakistani ISI Chief Hamid Gul on Alex Jones radio show.

      Google: Former Pakistani ISI Chief Hamid Gul: "God Help America!!" – The Alex Jones Show

      August 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      We want to do the same thing in Afghanistan that We did in Iraq!!!

      August 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        We did that by paying off the insurgeants.It is necessary to know that our "victory" in Iraq was both bought and paid for and some of the right-wing thugs are hoping to do the same thing in Afghanistan!

        August 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |