February 9th, 2011
11:19 AM ET

Congressman: Small withdrawal of U.S. forces in July

A senior Congressman just back from Afghanistan painted an upbeat picture of military operations there, but predicted only a small number of U.S. forces will be withdrawn this summer.

"I don't expect we're going to see a big withdrawal of troops at that time," said Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

"We asked the question several times, receiving no answer other than any withdrawal will be based on conditions on the ground."

During the trip, McKeon and two other Congressmen met with Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. They also met with U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and various NATO and U.S. military officials.

McKeon did not specify whom they questioned about the troop withdrawals.

The Obama administration has said it will begin drawing down U.S. forces in Afghanistan in July, with the goal of all U.S. military personnel out in four years.

McKeon, a Republican from California, said the emphasis was on the 2014 full-withdrawal date.

"There was no indication of any set number, or type of troops, or MOS (Military Occupational Specialty), whatever, that would be pulled out in July. I think they are just waiting to see what happens in the spring offensive and they will make plans as we get closer to July," McKeon said.

McKeon, briefed reporters in Washington Tuesday afternoon, just hours after he arrived from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He said he was impressed that he and the two Congressmen he traveled with could walk down a central market street without body armor in the Marjah district of southern Afghanistan, which had been a hotbed of insurgent activity.

"Everywhere we went, things were really upbeat and I know I feel much better about the situation there," McKeon said

Rep. John Kline - a Republican from Minnesota - also said he was impressed by the progress he saw in Afghanistan.

"It was remarkable, as chairman McKeon said, that we were able to walk down the street in Marjah and visit with shopkeepers in a place where there was very heavy fighting only a year ago," Kline said.

Kline, who is chairman of the House Education Committee, cut the ribbon at the opening of a new school for 500 children.

"We spent two days in Afghanistan, travelling north and south, and we never wore body armor - which it just to me absolutely amazing we could do that, walk around amongst the Afghans without body armor," Kline said.

Neither Congressman offered details on what security was provided for them in Marjah apart from the U.S. military accompanying them throughout.

A Congressional staff member on the trip told CNN that he was sure there had been an advance patrol and maintenance of an outer security bubble for the Marjah visit but the staffer said there was no sign of an overwhelming military force in or around the market and no evidence of combat vehicles or aircraft.

CNN was unable to get any further information from the military.

A U.S. military official said no special security arrangements were necessary for the market walk.

"Aside from a Marine foot-patrol, there was nothing that was done differently security-wise," said Lt. Alex Lim, a public affairs officer.

"There were no roof-top snipers, attack helicopters, or armored Humvees. The shops remained open and no roads were blocked off. We don't dictate its closure anyway. We had a routine Marine foot-patrol that escorted the guests through the market place just like they would on a normal day," Lim told CNN via e-mail.

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  1. Ken Sergeant

    It does not take ten years to train an army. The Afghanistan army should be able to take over after ten years of training. If the US took ten years to train an army for WW2 we would have lost the war. This just makes me so mad.

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  10. BANGASH

    DINDY Osama or Alqaida has longer history then the emergence of Taliban on Afghan soil. Osama and all Arabs were brought and trained in Afghanistan by USA, Saudi Intelligence and Pakistan military for war against USSR. They all were heroes and the word jehad was then being translated in Western media as a holy war. These US sponsored war lords disintegrated USSR and in return became rulers of Afghanistan but within four years in a public revolt under Taliban this new turn in war is exactly like one is reaping what he has sown. DINDY I guarantee you that you will never find even 2% of our public in Afghanistan supporting or understanding what Osama or Alqaida stand for but 98% of them are now sure that Osama and Obama are two faces of same coin and partners in depriving us of our resources, freedom and honor. As Salareno has already explained that Afghanistan a land on mountains and vallies, for the last three decades is a free land where every country is running own training camps which Taliban alone cannot control especially when whole world is against Taliban not against Alqaida or Osama.

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    • Dindy..

      shut up ......you dirty devil who talk from dirt.

      February 12, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dan from Chicago, IL

    Your right Dindy, that's what happened to the Pharisees and the Islamic extremists!

    February 11, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dindy..

    salerno...the troops are mostly near Afghanistan and Pakistan Border. If there is one for peace I will be the first one salerno. because my own son is in the military .I have no sleep as i check on him and others who serve. this was not my choice yet he thought he has a duty for his country. this is the hardest period in my life as our children are not safe anywhere in the world being Americans .They launched the worst attack in this history for them .Against my own children and millions of others in the blessed land USA. How can I say ............let the suicide bomber live if they are against my children and their countrymen??? May God forgive me ....I dont know what to say !!!! my heart is getting weak as this world has lots of hate and jealousy . My LORD ..PLEASE NEVER ALLOW ME TO SEE ANYTHING LIKE 9/11 AGAIN !!! AMEN.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • BANGASH

      DINDY for the last three decades we in Pakistan and Afghanistan are a war front in the war between East and the West. Before this we had an ideal peace as in both states only British made 303 semi automatic Rifle was the major weapon which only hardly 5% population had while 95% had no weapon at all. So Dindy I cannot explain how happy we were as only disease were our killer or some wild animals. Every big one of the world since centuries had eyes on this region and today USA is the latest invader which for the last three decades is militarily engaged, killing innocent people in the name of war on terror. DINDY believe me this US sponsored militarism in this region is main reason behind your worries for humanity. Here every young has nothing else to do except to join war lords and earn for a livelihood. So in the interest of humanity you all should try to understand ground realities and ask USA to stop militarism in world politics. Osama and Alqaida(50/100) activists are US babies which even Taliban do not like but US's senseless strategy has pushed them to look part of Alqaida. Remember we all are morally bound to raise voice for a just cause as our respective religions too support human welfare and condemn inhuman practices. IF we all sincerely wish to avoid unfortunate incidents like the one on 9/11 we must expose those who had created, trained and used same terrorists for their global strategic interests and still using them to get strategic leverage in this region.

      February 11, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        So then BANGASH why then do you not join the militias that are sprouting up to take out these terrorist networks like the one Qari Hussein controls which now trains children to become suicide bombers, as we just have seen a teenager attack a military post or something in Pakistan. If the people of Pakistan would rise up against these terrorist networks in the tribal regions of northwest Pakistan maybe then the Pakistan army would finally take control of this area and kill or capture those who kill for no other reason but their Islamic beliefs! Afghanistan is now governed by a democratic elected parliamentary system and they do not want to be ruled by Islamic extremists so the Taliban and it's terrorist allies should just give up on their murderous campaign!

        February 11, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Bangash – perfect post.
        I wish just to put emphasis on your consideration that the war has enhanced AlQaeda militant from few dozens to thousand of people.

        February 11, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        Bnagash..if Taliban did not like Alqaeda why they allow them to train in Afghanistan??

        February 11, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Everybody with arms can go to Afghanistan. Taliban are sheperds, and most of them did not know who is Bin Laden.

        February 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        Bangash...US trained them to fight against Russia. So they trained them with a good intention. People must remember true friends. USA has helped like that to North Korea. Also to Pakistan during floods and other disasters. Now someone can say who ask their help. Proud nature is not from God. They did all these help with good thoughts. I am witnessed for it coming from third world country as many say although I am blessed through my lord. One should not forget their friend who helped in trouble.

        February 12, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        Bangash....thank you for responding to my comments too.

        February 13, 2011 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Were still waiting to see what Your secret weapon is!!! So far We see nothing but Cowards fighting us...

    February 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy..

      WELL WRITTEN LARRY !!!

      February 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy..

      🙂

      February 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I'm not to happy about You either!!!

    February 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy..

      God is not a religion. It is a relationship.Professional believers are so bound with rules and regulations that their hearts have no love for one another.

      February 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Good comment Dindy.
      Your right Dindy, that's what happened to the Pharisees and the Islamic extremists!

      February 11, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  16. LarryKegel(US Army)

    The only place We should be right now is Afghanistan... at least the People want Our help there!!!

    February 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I just wonder if We should keep Our Forces there with all that is going on in that part of the World!!! Maybe We should let the People handle it??? They don't seem to want us there anyhow!!!

    February 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dindy..

    sorry ..it is a mistake...it should be does not believe ...not does believe.

    February 10, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Hold strong to your faith Dindy and He shall deliver us from all this evil! We shall prevail! Keep praying and reading Psalms especially Psalms 23!

      February 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Detroit, MI

        And He will forgive us Dan,once we renounce taking over the Middle East and Central Asia and stop the obscene carnage over there. We need a new President and Congress who won't cater to the MIC(military-industrial-complex)!!!

        February 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan from Detroit – you understand the true teaching of Jesus.

        February 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        It will never happen in any of Our life Times if ever!!!

        February 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        THANK YOU DAN.. THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME PSALM 23.

        February 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        We have not taken over the middle east or southern Asia, But it does look like the young generation will win their freedoms over autocratic rule in the middle east and democracy may become the way of life for the Arab world!

        February 11, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Dindy, your very welcome. Remember He is always with us no matter what we go through and I have been through many hard times with more to come I'm sure, but He will carry me though them.

        February 11, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        Larry world is a mess because people cant hear what the indwelling spirit of God tell them. Same way those days people could not understand what Jesus was telling them through GOD"S spirit. So we all are in a mess today.

        February 11, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  19. Dindy..

    Dan from Chicago ,IL ..brother this is really dangerous ..they sometimes say that played and paid back....then again...it is the truth against lies of Magi.....whatever it is ..lots of Muslims and Christians lives are in Danger. Now most of the troops have left Iraq and Mr. Obama kept his word. But these extremists launch attacks. (yesterday another one) This war is against all the people who does believe what they believe. Very unfair.

    February 10, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  20. Andrea

    Nato/USA/EU give us back our hisotry, it is part of Serbia and never was Albanian.
    u dont have right for this crime.
    Serbs didnt kill 8000 Muslims in Srebrenica, its American lie to destroy Serbians.
    No Mulim kids were killed in Srebrenica from Ratko Mladic

    NO 8000 BODIES!!! NOT OVER 2000

    February 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Serbs had the right to protect the serbian minority in Kosovo-Bosnia and muslims had the obligation to follow the serbian lows.
      Sure the Serbian repression was too heavy, and I blame the Serbs for it, but the americans are doing a lot worse than the Serbs as they are using aircafts and missiles against civilians, and in muslims countries !!!

      February 10, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        They have been killing Their People in other Countries for centuries!!!

        February 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      I totally agree with you,Andrea. Neither ths U.S.,the E.U. nor NATO has any right to be in what was once Yugoslavia. They worm their way in everywhere!!!

      February 10, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Gaius Julius Caesar

      Christ was nothing more than a lowly Jewish peasant, that was executed and crucified in the most backwater of Roman provinces. Yet you Christian fools believe he will save you? Laughable.

      February 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Detroit, MI

        He did have the power to work miracles and he most accurately predicted the destruction of Jerusalem 43 years before it actually took place in 70 A.D. and today he certainly would never approve of what we're doing in the Middle East!!!

        February 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        Galius Julius Caesar ..do not underestimate Jesus who ever Jesus is.

        February 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        And phony boy what is it that we are doing in the middle east?

        February 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Right and Hitler didn't kill 6 millions Jews right??? Get out of your dream World and join the real World!!! Quit listing to FOX News...

      February 10, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Dan: Where are all the Miracles Christ gave us??? All I see in the World is a mess... The only Miracle is Israel how They kept Their Enemies from Killing Them off!!!

        February 10, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        Larry...Israel is fine because not only they kill enemies but we all pray for them too sir.

        February 10, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        And it's greatest ally America has defended Israel even before the Jewish people came back to their homeland.

        February 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Dan: If Christ did all You think He did??? Why is the World such a mess???

      February 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      It wouldn't be Larry if people would follow the ways of Jesus, but He had foretold of all this coming with the false prophets and brothers killing brothers and earthquakes, floods, and weather changing all this He said would come before His second coming.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Dindy..

    Marine is not a Jug head . But a Man with a good heart and manners (most of them)

    February 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Marines are horrendous serial killers like the SS or Gestapo, fighting against women and children.

      February 10, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Good posting salerno,unlike Phunnie boy who keeps posting his mumbo-jumbo under my name!

        February 11, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dindy – they would defend their people if they stayed in the USA. Taliban did not attack the USA. 9/11 was planned in Germany and people came from Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Bin Laden was in Afghanistan, but escaped and nobody knows where he is now. So the marines are killing innocent people in the villages including women and children.

      February 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      All Our Military has Heart!!! Why do You think WE fight for PEACE???

      February 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I see things in a different way.

        February 11, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Because your a fool and a liar!

        February 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Salerno you only talk the way you do because your friends are loosing the war and this spring will drive the nail in the coffin, but now America has to look out for children as suicide bombers because of the evil in Qari Hussein and other leaders of terrorist networks who are cowards and would not do it themselves!

      February 11, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan- Qari Hussein is an US collaborator as he permits US military do do some train with suicide bombers.
      This is why after 10 years you did noy target him.

      February 11, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      salerno you must think I'm a fool to believe such a lie as that! I wish the Italian police would find some law that you broke and lock you up or CNN would block your ignorant lies from their blogs!

      February 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan – It is not a lie that after 10 years US military was unable to hit Bin Laden or Hussein. On the contrary you are helping him to recruiting suicide bombers, because you kill innocent people.

      February 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      sorry for mispelling : to recruite not recruiting. Additionally, your anger is a demonstration I am telling the truth, otherwise you will not fear my comment to the point of hoping they were censored.

      February 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      salerno I fear nothing! And you saying that just goes to show that you are a habitual liar!

      February 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy..

      Good posts Dan once again.

      February 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        salerno....you call me terrorist when i am a victim in Sri lanka. Once again... do not label me with anything. you all believe people have right to defend . So now US has to defend their country. No matter what is there in the History Books .

        February 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        USA has the right to defend. When my country Italy declared war against the USA they did it very well, and my fmaily members fought against the fascist and nazist. I remained pro-Usa and anti.Italian till the USA started to act like Mussolini, attacking other countries like Iraq, Serbia, Afghanistan.

        February 13, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  22. Dindy..

    May God bless the people who are for people not for arrogant religions.or belief.

    February 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dindy – The only arrogant religion is rappresented bu the christians (false – christian like you)

      February 10, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        salerno.....it hurts you because you must be believing arrogance.

        February 10, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I am not hurt because I know America freedom of religions is an Islamic principle. Christianity was against that freedom as they fought against heretics in many occasions. Now the christianity is like a dead body full of vernins.

        February 10, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Amen to That!!!

        February 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        BANGASH..I dont know serious religion you guys sometimes talk here. One day when I looked around there was no one to help me. Then I felt GOD"S present. Then I started a relationship which is the most beautiful thing happened to me. My son did not go to make a livelihood from military .He left his highly paid Job and his comfortable life which we had in the grace of GOD !!! He gave away all his valuable things to people and left the beautiful city he was living . I know he is not the only one. why there was no other better way than 9/11.
        never tell me ...it was played and got paid back. Our tallest building collapsed as they drove a lorry into it with 900 kg of explosives. ( I passed the building five minutes before. Then I came back to see my driver and the vehicle ....I could have been get killed as the second rocket launch was hit the next building after that.
        So many bullets passed near my face and as I ran through the smoke. 972 or more died in the Bank building and five was buried under ground and nearly 900 vehicles were burnt and 1072 were injured . I became deaf on one side.
        what did we do to deserve that??? This is not a playing and paying game.
        This is hate, Jealousy and having no courage to talk about problems face to face because too proud or wrong beliefs. Mostly the hate . No way to justify such attacks on human beings.
        unless we forgive through the divinity of GOD....I know no any human can forgive it by his/her own.

        February 11, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        salerno.....I am not a false christian....like you say. My strength is in GOD .not with a religion.

        February 11, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dindy – your God is an illusion. You are like the terrorists.

        February 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gaius Julius Caesar

      Arrogant religions? Dindy your Christian religion is the biggest and most intolerant farce of all. Had Constantine not found it politically convenient to appease slaves in an attempt to tuck it to rome's ruling class, who supported his rival Maxentius, your religion never would have come into being. You would be zealously claiming praise to Jupiter, andthe rest of the gods. Doubtful however that Jupiter would even want your praise....

      February 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        So true that is!!!

        February 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        Gaius Julius Caesar..thank you for your post. I am not in any religion. One day God made me know GOD is there. I just held GOD"S HAND and walk with GOD since then. That is all I believe as I appreciate LORD'S guidance every day.

        February 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Your wrong Caesar, because Paul had brought the message to most of the empire and Christianity would have survived any onslaught as it did with the pharisees and the Roman empire before him! Jesus would never allow it for He had said He would always be with those who believe in Him through His Holy Spirit!

        February 11, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Caesar is right, as Constantin ended the persecutions, but the old true christianity lost the deeper part of its teaching with that conversion.
        "Hodie venenum diffusum est in ecclesia Dei" was the comment.

        February 11, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy..

      It is not Christians who kill their own after all .

      February 12, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  23. Spiro T.Agnew

    @The Wife. Thank you for your comments here. If it weren't for people like you,I'd never have been elected to public office. Ignorance truly is bliss!!!

    February 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      What did You run as the Tea Party??? Because the way You talk You belong with Them!!!

      February 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Dan from Detroit, MI

    People like "The Wife" make me sick by vomiting their ignorance here. Actually,we have no right whatsoever to even be in Afghanistan at all. It seems that the American people have lost their moral compass if they ever had one to begin with.

    February 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      And you Phony boy have any morals supporting the Taliban and their Terrorists allies who would have again taken control of Afghanistan and terrorize their people and publicly murdering them in the streets and arenas if we did not continue our effort to kill or capture the Taliban and al Qaeda!

      February 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Spiro T.Agnew

        Very well put,Dan. You're a man after my own heart. The dumber,the better!

        February 10, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Whatever Phony boy!

        February 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        Good post Dan,

        February 12, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      That is where You are completely wrong... When They attacked Our Country it gave us the right!!!

      February 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Shamrock6

    Rep.Howard "Buck"McKeon,another right-wing thug in Washington! No wonder this country's in trouble!!!

    February 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      That's what I used to be before I wised up and I'm glad I did. Now I see things quite clearly and can distinguish right from wrong which I couldn't do back in the 1950's. I did what I could do then just to get ahead.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Wife

      Shamrock6 – What's your deal with Buck? He was doing his job. He went to see the progress for himself. Our efforts in Afghanistan are succeeding and we should be glad that our Congressmen are going to see and experience the success for themselves.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Hey folks,don't pay any attention to "The Wife" as she is still wallowing in her ignorance just like I did on Capitol Hill back in the 1950's. Some people never wise up!!!

        February 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Wife – if you married a serial killer you are harboring a terrorist and can be a target.

        February 10, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
      • The Wife

        Salerno – We are all targets. Thanks for your concern though. I'll keep it under advisement.

        February 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I live where He is in Congress!!! How do You think I feel??? I didn't vote for Him...

      February 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Joseph McCarthy: You are the Stupid one not Her!!! She should be proud that Her Husband is defending This Country!!!

        February 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Sorry Joseph,I didn't post the above. Of course you're the wise one but some people don't want to see the light and the folly of our fighting this useless war. We don't even have a right to be there!!!

        February 11, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  26. Gary Johndro

    YABBA-DABBA-DOO-DOO-DOO!!!

    February 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Is that all You can say???

      February 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        😉

        February 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |