December 16th, 2010
03:46 PM ET

Obama trumpets U.S. gains in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama asserted Thursday that the United States is making significant progress in the nine-year war in Afghanistan, but warned that the conflict "continues to be a very difficult endeavor."

We are "on track to achieve our goals" of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qaeda and eroding "its capacity to threaten America and our allies in the future," he said. The gains, however, are fragile.

The president noted, among other things, that there has been a "successful increase" in the recruitment and training of Afghan forces due partly to the July 2011 deadline set by the administration to start withdrawing the U.S. military.

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  1. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Until everyone starts respecting each others belief!!! This Would will be getting worse...

    December 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dindy.....

    Although the Taliban is recognized by their relations as strong fighters ,, the real heroes are the people who has step into a strange land and fight with them. And they fight to save their countrymen from further attacks. God know it.

    December 18, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      You wouldn't be Phunnie boy blogging under Dindy's name by any chance would you? The Taliban right or wrong,are fighting for what's theirs and NATO wants to usurp their resources.

      December 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Ridiculous-Daniel-2!

        December 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Really,Pfunnie boy??? I don't quite think so.

        December 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        ISI?-Mossad?

        December 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        Now I suppose that you're going to start poking fun at the Jews,Phunnie boy(Bledsoe). You must think that you're a scream,but nobody thinks you're funny but you!!!

        December 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Obvious-Fake-Daniel-2!

        December 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    And it is very true!

    December 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BANGASH

    in what Obama has trumpeted above about the progress in Afghanistan front.

    December 17, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Gibberish!

      December 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Is it really,Pfunnie boy? Somehow I don't think so.

        December 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        to me your phony boy.

        December 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Pony!

        December 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      The Afghan National Armed forces will soon be kicking your Taliban butts right to the peace table where there you people might learn to become more humane instead of all the killing and bombing even yourselves which you old crap heads have taught these young minds.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BANGASH

    A failed attempt to boost morale of Americans and their further deception in the war on terror. Listen to John Brook your man on the front line in war on terror and then asses where you stand today. DAN God is one and the same you we all Abrahamic religions believe in and you we all have faith in this that God always support right against wrong, good against bad, justice against injustices with out caring for the size and strength of the opponent. Please see US occupation of Afghanistan, its nine years long use of all deadly and latest weaponry, billions of dollars and more then hundred thousands of well trained world army against some bare footed, hungry and weaponless Taliban on Afghan soil and then judge which side our God is. I am sure you do not or even cannot believe

    December 17, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Without weapons right? They give their children ak47;s, They have built many IED's and many suicide vests. Why don't you try one on and see how many people you can kill and then see if God will reward you for it!

      December 17, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Sorry BANGASH,I didn't post the above but I do want to talk about those filthy creeps who operate those ungodly drones hurling 500lb.bombs on defenseless people down below. Those guys need to be apprehended and brought to justice!

        December 17, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Good we got em before they could put on a vest and kill many more innocent people. The only good terrorist is a dead one!

        December 17, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Did you hear the latest phoney boy, drones kill 21 suspected militants. All in a days work.

        December 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Johndro

        YABBA-DABBA-DOO!!!

        December 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        YABBA-DABBA-BOOM!

        December 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      GOD is on the side of the Jews!!! Otherwise how did Israel win 4 wars with such Odds against Them???

      December 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Gary & Bedso: You both are Idiots!!! Flint Stone was a cartoon...

        December 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bledsoe

    What does one expect the jerk to say? Of course we've been "making progress" in Afghanistan since Oct.7,2001!!!

    December 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Gotcha!

      December 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Spiro T.Agnew

        Go Phunnie boy,go!!!

        December 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joel2208

        Oh SHUT UP!!!

        December 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        HaHa-Daniel-2!

        December 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Just another Joe

    Maybe you should have joined the girl scouts, a real marine would be ashamed to complain and whine like you.

    December 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Should I be afraid?

      December 16, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      A Real Marines wouldn't ever talk bad against the President our the Country!!! Because everyone takes a oath so Serve Their Commander In Chief and Your Country for the rest of Your life!...

      December 21, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John Brooks ( US Marines)

    Obama and his commanders say we are on track in this war. Nothing is farther from the truth over here. The Taliban will decrease their operations during the winter we are in right now. In the spring there will be major attaks against us. The administration is looking through colored glasses making any statment of the real war here. We are short on ammunition, food and basic supplies such as combat gloves and winter clothing. We need basic help not paper promises Obama makes. Have a Merry Christmas America form the United States Marines in Afghanistan.

    December 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real American

      You're a Taliban imposter. The marines I have talked to here are a little more upbeat.

      The legitimate Afghan government grows stronger every day. Afghan national police and army outposts are springing up all over the country to bring security. Yes Al Qaeda and thier Taliban pawns are hiding in caves in waziristan like lizards but the coalition is waiting patiently to help make you martyrs.

      Mullah Omar started the war by hiding the criminal Osama Bin Laden after he murdered 3000 innocent people in New York on September 11, 2001. Osama Bin Laden used Omar as his useful idiot to draw America into invading Afghanistan. Bin Laden is an enemy of the Afghan people and calculated bringing thier current plight on them so he could fight with the Americans in Afghanistan.

      America won't leave Afghanistan until they know it cant be used to stage terrorist attacks on America or it's allies. If you want the Americans to leave, then turn over Bin Laden so he can be tried for his crimes and all the Al Qaeda terrorists so they can be reeducated and negotiate political reintegration with Karzai.

      Americans don't want your dust, they just want to live in peace and are happy to turn the Taliban mujaidiots and Al Qaeda terrorist criminal devils into martyrs to have it.

      December 17, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        More right-wing bla-bla-bla. How old it gets!!!

        December 17, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Riza Afghan

        +1
        Afghan National Army and Police is growing....
        and i am sure 2014 there will be no need of help from any European or Americans.

        Still big thanks goes to America and Euro Dudes for the help and Afghan people will always remember them as a Hero.

        December 17, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Quite-Correct-Real-American.

        December 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Real American

        Liar!!!

        December 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        This coward bin is hiding while other innocents get killed behalf of him .

        December 18, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Bin-Hiding!

        December 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Even after We do that We will have to have Troops there to make sure They don't come back!!!

        December 21, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Have You been There??? Were You there last Year??? Have You talked with Them and They told You that??? Otherwise Please tell us where You get Your information??? saying it doesn't make it true!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |