Troops get another visit, this time by Gates
December 7th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Troops get another visit, this time by Gates

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Tuesday to meet with officials and deliver a pat on the back to American troops slugging it out with militants there for more than nine years.

He touched down at Bagram Air Base in a stop made just days after U.S. President Barack Obama's trip to the country and on the same day British Prime Minister David Cameron was traveling there.

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  1. John Brooks ( US Marines)

    Why did Obama and Gates even come to Afghanistan?They are not wanted here. They do no good for troop morale or our confidence in them as leaders. I was in Iraq when President Bush came at least three or four times as well as Secetary of State Rice. They cared about us over here. Their visits were welcomed because they lasted for more than an hour and real front line troops were brought in for the visits. Obame was here at Bagram the safest olace in the whole damn country. No front line troops were there jus Marines and Army troops coming and going from leave. This puppet act is seen right through by all of us over here. Go Away Obama and Gates we don't want you here unless you come to take us home for this hell hole.

    December 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Right John,we really need somebody to get out of there which neither Gates nor Obama have any intentions of doing.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Don

        Merry Christmas,everyone.

        December 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe Stalin

        Merry Christmas my @ss just bomb the cavemen.

        December 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dindy.....

    correct word. is..scared ..(not sacred)

    December 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dindy.....

    spelling mistake.. The word Fare must be replaced by the word fair.

    December 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dindy.....

    sorry for the spelling..Not future marie..it should be future Marine

    December 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dindy.....

    Dan ..Best Post

    December 8, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Yak-o-boy_Says

    The best part of me ran down the sheep's legs.

    December 8, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Yak -O-boy..............you can write something better than this.

      December 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • BTDT

      You must be a dirty- minded Tea Partier Yak-o-boy_Says,based on whay you blogged above. Did you ever meet a clean minded Tea Partier? You never will!

      December 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Stalin

      BTDT...Who cares just bomb them anyway.

      December 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    9/11 came from Afghanistan's Taliban terrorist supporters, you threw the first punch know you will lie on the floor ring!

    December 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    You and your 360 cult is the only crime against humanity here!

    December 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Can't you see that your 360 is doing all the killing and we are just responding at the behest of the Afghan people?

      December 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • future Marine

        Im a Christian, I think I know a little more about my beliefs than you, you idiotic coward. Jesus is part of the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son (JESUS) and God the Holy spirit. three in one. we are NOT hindus.

        December 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    and those who kill for no other reason but self righteousness!

    December 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      And remember i told you to shut up your time will come but you wished to continue with your lies full of hatred!

      December 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • future Marine

        no, but he had a lot to do with catholicism.

        December 9, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      I meant the right-wing thugs in Washington who are filled with both arrogance and self righteousness!

      December 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Jesus will judge some who have been not so faithful, but He as the Father will judge those who have not been faithful and have been hateful,murderers and kill for no other reason but self righteousness! All others who have been faithful will be rewarded for the good that they have done or punished for the bad they have done, all by God's angels.

    December 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Your 360 degrees are nothing but murderers and suicide bombers expecting God to favor your hatefulness and your love(submission)for your insane belief of a once pagan self made false prophet!

    December 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dindy.....

    Terrorists used the happy mood of troops to launch another attack after President Obama's visit. These terrorists are using all tactics to survive for better or for worse. They are on the hunt every second. preparing to find more chances take more lives of our precious men. All they want is not a developed Afghanistan but drug business and oppress people.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      yakcrap.we know who you are.you are the dubious looking janitor with dyed red beard and only a left arm that has the red fingernails that keeps picking the used maxipads out of the female head.I hope you aren't smoking these.

      December 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      You aren't Dindy. You are a pagan Taliban ghost writer. You are dying 1000 to 1. Help kill Al Qaeda apostate hypocrites so the war can end. Use your rule of three: turn over the pig Bin Laden, turn over the pig Bin Laden, turn over the pig Bin Laden.

      December 8, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Sorry Dindy,I didn't blog the above. As one can plainly see,Pfunnie boy's at it again!

        December 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Ghost-Writer-Repeat!

        December 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dindy.....

    It is time to bring troops home. Let the Afghan government take care of their country with the Afghan forces. Our men have sacrificed a lot. These Talibans are not allowing forces to reach the true enemy who hides in Afghan and Pakistan Border.we like to hear more about what the progress of Pakistan Army too about this global problem..

    December 7, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • USMC FOREVER

      American will leave when the Taliban quit hiding Al Quaeda and cough up Osama Bin Laden so he can be tried for his crimes. Until then the Taliban will keep dying 100 to 1.

      December 8, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        USMC FOREVER....SIR ..they cant cough out bin because bin hides every where with his few followers and rest do the killings behalf of him. I am sure bi n is not in one place even for a week. This man is selfish. letting others die behalf of him . Punishment must come from GOD to him I pray for murdering innocents on 9/11.

        December 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. George Patton

    Oh no,not again!

    December 7, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    I personally will hold you in a cage over the pit of fire and if I hear your blasphemy I will let the bottom drop!

    December 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    When the final battle between good and evil is over if your lucky you will be hanging in a cage over the fiery pit begging for mercy and i will ask of you who is the true Holy Spirit and if you say anything other than Jesus i will start opening the bottom of the cage! i WARN YOU NOW! You have 1000 years to sleep on it!

    December 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    OK but your fate lies in your mouth or fingers I should say!

    December 7, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  18. future Marine

    The taliban rule didnt come close to supporting freedom.

    December 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Dindy.....

    GEORGE WELL WRITTEN.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  20. future Marine

    He IS a coward. Remember, he himself isn't going to blow himself up, cause he knows that what he preaches isn't true. That's why he sends people who don't know better.

    December 8, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Bledsoe

    You wanna bet??? The only true cowards are those who need air and artillery support to fight in combat. It's ironic how Americans as much as they love to kill,hate equally as much to die!

    December 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Joe Stalin

    Bomb the cr@p out of the cavemen.

    December 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    What you call love is submission which is not at all love! Love is when you care for someone and willing to give all you have for him or her even your life and that is not to say that you are willing to go out and kill someone for him or her or even yourself!

    December 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Submission means resigning to the fact that your in control, but not for long!!!

    December 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  25. future Marine

    hey look- no answer. because it's true, and he knows it.

    December 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    I'm not lying Dindy.... I will be in the heat of the final battle with these anti-Christ and those who surrender will be judged by me!

    December 9, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  27. future Marine

    alright.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  28. future Marine

    christians dont bow to idols either, only God, who takes no earthy form, but is in everything. we dont worship objects, so we arent hindus. thats probably been said a million times. why do you not accept what we say?

    December 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |