September 23rd, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Gates: No change to Afghan strategy

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he does not believe there will be any changes to the Afghanistan strategy after the coming review of the war’s progress this December.

“I have not gotten the sense from my conversations with people that any basic decisions or basic changes are likely to occur,” Gates told reporters at a news conference on Thursday. Although Gates added that there will likely be areas for “adjustments and tweaks.”

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, who was at the news conference with Gates, said that there signs of progress already in the strategy that included adding an additional 30,000 U.S. troops.

Gates, who has signaled his desire to retire next year, refused to say whether he plans to stay through July 2011, the month where the president has said he would like to start reducing the US troop level in Afghanistan.

Asked about his potential retirement date at a Pentagon press conference, Gates would only say that he has made up his mind whether to stay or go before July 2011.

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  1. Greg

    How about every1 who doesnt have either military experience or war proven military strategic experience just stop justifying, and bashing every idea the top makes. Unless your actually in those shoes and you know its a wrong call, ergo if you are some inexperienced civilian who just watches the news and studies military strategy then what does your input mean other than your personal opinion. also this is not a war its a police action, there is no final battle and hero home coming victory, its a police action where there to train the Iraqi's and Afghanistan to take better manage these terrorist groups and to prohibit their further spread.

    September 27, 2010 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. U. No Who

    Meamwhile we get our buts kicked by 80 year olds & 15 year olds. Thank god for Technology.

    September 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. U. No Who

    Meanwhile we get are as-es kicked by 80 year olds & 15 year olds. Wow thank god for technology.

    September 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brett Favre's fan (a.k.a. ybs)

    No worries! We are going to sock it up the Taliban & Al Qaeda's behind! They will feel the pain. Just watch.

    September 26, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • free2comment

      it would get done alot faster if 52% of our casualties were not from friendly fire.

      September 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Someone stowed Your brains!!!

    September 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mahji General Mehdi Ahmed Abbadon

      Obvioulsy not enough of you are Dead yet.

      September 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Yak Just what We need is another Idiot like Bush Jr and Reagan in office!!!

    September 25, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Did You ever see the Movie 2012??? The way things are going it could be true!!! We are all doomed but the Rich... Of Course We are already that way aren't We???

    September 25, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. LarryKegel(US Army)

    The way You talk I some times wonder how smart You really are!!!

    September 25, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. U. No Who

    Yep. Looks like my daughters when I mtold them they could not have the pink Porche.

    September 25, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. U. No Who

    Looks like my daughters when I mtold them they could not have the pink Porche.

    September 25, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. U. No Who

    Oh good we are not changing our policy of supporting the drug trade. Makes sense, US is full of dopes & supports dope.

    September 25, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Vote Republicans and that is just what You get!!!

      September 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Asten Weems

    Meh

    September 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • trendo

      Meh too.

      September 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        Meh also.

        September 24, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Even the good die in Wars!!! It is to keep This Country free from Those that want to take Our rights from us... I just hope the People realize that the Catholic are trying to do it from the in side??? That is why I hope They vote straight Democratic!!!

    September 24, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Why they keep bring the video back all the time??? Once is enough already...

    September 24, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jimmy

    The definition of truth is a fact supporting a reallity and the reallity is that you got your facts wrong,probably because of smoking too much of your opium..once the women of your countries get a larger role in a public sphere instead of having no wrights and being stoned..the situation will improve drastically..you taliban pig!!

    September 24, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  16. Jimmy

    LoL..I'm totally with you man!

    September 24, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  17. Truth

    The slaves to demons in 360 have already lost. Make no delusions about beating the rest of the world.

    God will not let his greatest creation fall to the sick servants of demons.

    360 is the number of your crimes and lies leading to suffering, hate and oblivion...

    September 24, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      The People better listen to GODS real words spoken to Them in the Old Testament!!! Because You wouldn't like what would happen If We don't start doing what GOD wants... Only the Jews will survive this time!!!

      September 24, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We are educated and either in business for ourselves are high up in other business!!! That makes us better...

      September 25, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  18. dindy Sri lanka

    If anyone believe in God ..let that God handle the problems in his way. Not your own way.

    September 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pharisee

      You'll take and like it....and you can't do sht about it nor will you 360 pu$$y

      September 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      GOD wants us to solve the problems ourselves!!! If GOD does it the World will not be the way We know it today... GOD is giving Us GODS warning by all the things happening all over the World today!!!

      September 24, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      You wouldn't like it If GOD does it God Self!!! Look what happen the first time...

      September 24, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  19. dindy Sri lanka

    (*-*)

    September 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. dindy Sri lanka

    well written Dave where ever you are!!

    September 23, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  21. TruthTeller

    Acmed Shams, How we can explain following to the world,

    1) Israel illegal occupation of Palestine and land grabbing that its doing for last 60 years.
    2) Kashmir occupied by India for last 60 +years. 80,000 people killed by India.
    3) Iraq occupation by USA on FALSE pretext of WMD – 1 Million Iraqi killed in 7 years.
    4) Afghanistan occupied by USA, 50,000 + Afghan's killed to-date.

    September 23, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Let God handle the problem with Israel. It was non of his business to do 9/11 because of Israel.That is why now US was in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Because of one Devil so many innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan died . Also in USA ,.WTC MANY DIED IN A MORE BRUTAL WAY. But these killings must stop who ever does it for sake of any God or for sake of Israel. Human beings should not take the law into their hands.

      September 23, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  22. TruthTeller

    Acmed, Stop peeing in your pants looking at this video. Taliban are coming to get you. BOO..

    September 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  23. TruthTeller

    Dave stop using your soap looking at this video.. :)

    September 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  24. TruthTeller

    No wonder we are not able to do any thing there. We are watching these videos over their for 10 years.

    September 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Shawn

    I like this videos :)

    September 23, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Share

    Gates: No change to Afghan strategy == IS he serious. He wants to continue the same Failed Strategy. We have lost brain / thinking capacity in our Military. ITS NOT WORTH DRAINING OUR TREASURE / BLOOD FOR THE LOST CAUSE.

    BRING OUR TROOPS HOME...

    September 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Share, what about Bin laden and other terrorists still hiding and fighting against Christean?

      September 23, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        share...still ..ten years is a long time..you are correct. It is a great pain for the families in the military.

        September 23, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        If they were only fighting the Christians wouldn't be a problem!!! They are killing the other People too...

        September 24, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Are You saying Our freedom is worth fighting for???

      September 24, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  27. RSAT4

    Can someone tell me, What are Americans doing in Afganistan? Who are they fighting?

    September 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • 098u5 6b

      Are you serious? Have you been sleeping for a decade?

      September 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • sfhr

        what he means is that who is the enemy..

        It appears that anyone labelled as Al Qaeda or Taliban is enemy of US army.. it is hard to identify them (since they all are in civilian clothing and don't appear to have central leadership)..

        And yeah, small commune in tribal region with some sort of weapons for their own protection are not necessarily an enemy.. (AK47 is very common in those regions, they produce their own)

        this war would've have been over by now if US was able to have clear distinguishment between the armed enemy and armed civilian..

        September 24, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • D. Visona

        All together now, You cannot win an undeclared war, you cannot win an undeclared war!

        September 26, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      They are trying to find Bin laden and other terrorists. BUT Taliban think that US have invaded their country.

      September 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Truth

        First the taliban are pakistani so afgamistan is not their country!

        Second the taliban know that they are criminals and enjoy the excuse to kill more innocents. It pleases their demon owners.

        September 24, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
      • As Well

        Yakaduki, if you harbor our enemies...if you train, feed and supply them and they kill our people...you should not be surprised if you are invaded. The only difference is that the US kills innocents as an accidental biproduct of a war we were forced to fight while the Taliban targets them. How well would civilians be treated in a nation they invaded if they were Christian (or Hindu)?

        September 24, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
      • D. Visona

        All together now, You cannot win an undclared war, you cannot win an undeclared war!

        September 26, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      So you are the only one with education because you repeat same corrupted teachings every day. God will look after if they have done wrong establishing the country Israel. who are you to judge. you are just a human being just like any other.

      September 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      The slaves of demons speak the same gibberish over and over in their suffering because it pleases their sadistic owners.

      He has no choice.

      September 24, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      DinkySriLanhai: Israel is the only Country there that is working toward PEACE... It was the Muslin that started the war against Israel!!!

      September 24, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Trying to train the People so They can keep the Tarriest out of there Themselves!!!

      September 24, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        Down with the Tarriest's!

        September 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • As Well

      I prefer Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, anamists...just about any group to you Yacaduki

      September 24, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • D. Visona

      All together now, You cannot win an undclared war, you cannot win and undeclared war!

      September 26, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dmf

      Read "Descent Into Chaos." It will give you a very good idea of what has been going on in this region. Then you can decide for yourself what we are fighting for.

      September 26, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • free2comment

      I would like to propose a change in strategy.

      Our troops should sober up, I hear Liindsey Lohan is playing at the Rehab for an extended engagement. Should be fun.

      September 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Share

    After 10 years & after spending 2 Trillions Dollars and after so MANY Troops dead. Taliban now controls 80% of Afghanistan. Their is no way Military Might can beat Gorilla war fare where local sympathize with Taliban.

    September 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  29. .

    yawn

    September 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Truth

    How can I too become a pot head man god?

    Sounds like a top notch babe magnet.

    September 24, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  31. Jimmy

    You ignorant redneck..they are not Hindu,nor do they have any connections with hinduism..they are extremist Muslim..but to explain the difference to you would be the waiste of time!!

    September 24, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  32. Jimmy

    Pardon me I got you wrong cause I havent read the rest of your insane comments!To answer the question whom are WE..THE US MARINE CORPS. fighting it's crazy people like yourself!!! And guess What we'll destroy you and banish your backword beliefs from a poor country that finally deserves it's freedom from jerks like you!!!!

    September 24, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  33. LarryKegel(US Army)

    The Gentiles are trying to make slaves out of Everyone Else!!! we all be better off if Everyone would just mind Their own Business and let the People live the lives They want to live... If Your not asked for help don't help!!! Especially You Racist...

    September 24, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  34. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Now that I can agree with!!!

    September 24, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  35. Truth

    We shall fight gorillas with giant lizards that breath fire!

    September 24, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  36. LarryKegel(US Army)

    If they had 80ty percent of the Country We be in big trouble!!! But please tell Me how 300 People can control that much Country???

    September 24, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  37. MichelleS.

    Well that certainly sounds logical. My opinion is somewhat in line with that. At this point, since we are not acively "at war" with the country of Afghanistan, our soldiers and troops are supposed to be doing what exactly? If we are providing U.N. support, or support in general, then we certainly wouldnt need to increase troops. Its not like we are moving in, Mr. Gates. If we need conflict involvement for our military, how bout we swivel to Africa. Frankly, the Taliban and Al-Quada are just gangs like the Crips or the Bloods, and we will never be done. We are going to have to call our own end of this, because it wont just happen on its own.

    September 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Greg

    there is no way, and it is being realized, and every action has a reaction and that's why we are changing some of the little things we do, like not bust open doors rather than knock, or meet and greet the villages and do a heath and welfare check.
    It is up to the Afghani's but we remain until we feel comfortable that Afghanistan's military, and politicians are able to control their country and we are not needed. better suffer now than wake up to a couple dozen 9/11 year round.

    September 27, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  39. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Just use Drugs like He does!!!

    September 24, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  40. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Why does the Marines take credit for all the Wars we fight??? Why are there so many of the Army dieing then???

    September 24, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  41. Mahji General Mehdi Ahmed Abbadon

    once again they make the mistake of intercpeting my messages.
    see? you can not talk to this filth.
    Slit Thier fuking throats.
    Inshallah.
    not MY Problem.

    September 26, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  42. Mahji General Mehdi Ahmed Abbadon

    Wrong Answer.

    September 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |