April 1st, 2011
11:49 AM ET

Bush warns of fallout from early Afghanistan exit

By CNN's Alexander Mooney

Former President George W. Bush is worried the U.S. might pull out of Afghanistan too early to the detriment of that country's women.

In an interview with Fox News that aired Thursday, Bush warned that Afghan women will "suffer" should the Obama administration decide to downscale troop levels there.

"My concern of course is that the United States gets weary of being in Afghanistan and says 'It's not worth it, let's leave' and Laura and I believe that if that were to happen, women would suffer again," he told Fox's Greta Van Susteren. "And we don't believe that's in the interest of the United States or the world to create a safe haven for terrorists and stand by and watch women's rights be abused."

"We liberated Afghanistan from the Taliban because of providing a save haven for al Qaeda," he continued. "But I ablative then and believe now we have an obligation to help this young Democracy to survive and thrive."

Bush's comments came the same day he and former first lady Laura Bush kicked off a two-day conference at Southern Methodist University focusing on women's rights issues in Afghanistan – an issue Mrs. Bush also championed when she was in the White House.

"Isolationism will end up subjecting certain people to horrors that I don't see how our country can live with that kind of decision," the former president also said.

The Obama administration has said that it will gradually hand off responsibilities to Afghanistan security forces as it draws down U.S. troops between this summer and the end of 2014.

But a Government Accountability Office report issued in January questioned whether the centerpiece of the Obama administration's exit strategy for Afghanistan - a training program for Afghan security forces - can deliver as promised.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll in February indicated six in ten Americans are opposed to the war.


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  1. pamiri

    I want to educate you about what is going on, it was a bad action and completely prohibited in Islam and all other regions to burn a book, if its is Islamic or non Islamic book, as Muslim I respect to all regions and their books and same as this I want to be respected Quran too, and we should be respected each other no matter if we are the same religion or no , but we are human beings.

    About the demonstration I must say the truth that they are not the whole people who live in Afghanistan, because every one has the right to hold demonstration, but peace fully and in a way that you can deliver your vices and concerns to addressees, but not in brutal way like killing of people ( un compound in Mazar Sharif those who were there to help people), burning of markets ( like yesterday in Kandahar demonstrators burned a big Market ) , it is clear behind these all chaos is the hand of Pakistan Taliban Alqaeda and their supporters, which its clear they are not representing all people. The majority of people who live in Afghanistan. Just Taliban and their some seductive supporters do such a brutal and full of violence demonstration.

    The majority of people who live in Afghanistan know that they ANA and ANP even can not tackle small number of demonstrators then how they can control and make sure the security in all the country, as usually we are hearing that Karzai is claiming that they can keep the security after the hand over process to the Afghan forces, but in practice it is impossible , we should know Karzai wants through this hand over the security to Afghan forces to give more moral and power to Taliban Alqaeda and their supporters , therefore, Karzai is trying to return back country to the stone age ( Taliban time ) then that would be an irreparable compensations not for people who live in Afghanistan but also for the all world and region. We are well aware of Taliban’s brutality and barbarism when they were in Kabul, except killing and destroying Taliban do not know any thing else.

    From Kabul

    April 4, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. pamiri

    Bush is concern is true about the early leaving of Afghanistan , it is in real we do not have effective and well equipped ANA and police too,
    Most of ANA and its key position is on the hand of those people, who think same as Taliban and Aqaeda, as international forces leave the country for sure we can say the supporter of Taliban and Aqaeda invite Pakistan through their supporters in the country and we would again return to civil war fighting and to be again experiencing the Taliban’s barbarism and brutality in some part of the country, then that would be an irreparable risk for all people in the country and all the world too. Taliban’s save nets would be established in the country, that be very danger not for Afghanistan but also for all region and world,

    Especially the last killing of un staff in Mazar I Sharif what mean for you people, is the Taliban are ready to submit them to Afghan army and international forces? I believe we have to take strong measures against he Terrorist, Aqadan and their supporters in the country to release ourselves from them, it is not a real picture of Afghanistan that what is Karzai is saying (negotiation with Taliban ) though most of people do not want that. People want good governance and social welfare for the all people which Karzai is not the right person to do these all, Karzai is just filling his and his brother’s pockets, and it also was the Bush’s big mistakes that he supported Karzai rather than to support those people and strong figures who were against the Taliban,
    who fought against Taliban for long time and now also they are fighting against Taliban.

    April 3, 2011 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dindy

    I AM HAPPY TO BE IN TRUTH. ONLY GOD CAN SAVE US ...IF WE RECEIVE AND WALK IN HIS LIGHT CAME THROUGH JESUS AND COMING THROUGH HIS HOLY TEMPLE JESUS. ALL THE TROUBLING SPIRITS INSIDE ARE GOING TO GET BURN BECAUSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT !!! ALL THE SPIRITS ARE BELONG TO gOD AND NOTHING IS ABOVE HOLY SPIRIT. WE ALL ARE GOING TO BE FREE.!!!! DO GOOD. WE FOLLOW ORDERS OF OUR EARTHLY FATHERS. WE FEAR OUR EARTHLY FATHERS. WHY DON"T WE OBEY THE OWNER OF ALL SPIRITS. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. PEACE TO ALL. GOD IS GOING TO BURN ALL THE EVIL SPIRITS THROUGH JESUS. HE IS THE MAGNIFYING GLASS OF GOD AND ALL THE LIGHT WHICH COME THROUGH JESUS IS GOING TO BURN ALL EVIL IN EACH OF US. ALL OF US ARE GOING TO BE FREE AND RELIEF.ALL THE GLORY TO GOD.!!!!ALL OF US ARE GOING TO BE BLESSED.

    April 3, 2011 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. BANGASH

    BUSH, A MONKEY FACE, VERY MUCH CLOSE TO ANIMALS, FAR FROM BEING A TRUE HUMAN, LIKE FATHER HE TOO PROVED HIS ANIMAL NATURE AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EACH AMERICAN AND NON AMERICAN KILLINGS IN MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA, LATIN AMERICA AND ASIA. HE HAS BEEN CONDEMNED AT HOME IN LAST ELECTIONS HOWEVER HIS BLUNDERS IN AFGHANISTAN IS STILL A QUAGMIRE FOR AMERICANS WHERE FINAL RESULTS WILL EXPOSE HIS REAL FACE BEFORE AMERICAN NATION. HE IS A SHAME FOR USA WHICH FUTURE WILL PROVE.

    April 3, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dindy

    GOD LOVE THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE GOD"S WORD (JESUS) GOD SUPPLY EVERYTHING TO THE PEOPLE ABUNDANTLY FOR THE PEOPLE WHO KEEP JESUS IN THEIR HEART ,YET DO NOT FORGET TO SHARE.
    GOD GIVE TO THE PEOPLE WHO SHARES. DEPOSIT TO HEAVEN EACH DAY FROM SHARING. DO NOT DESSERT ANYONE IN NEED . TALK TO THEM AT LEAST. DO NOT LAUGH EVEN THOUGH IT IS YOUR WORST ENEMY"S FUNERAL. JUDGE IS ABOVE AND WE ARE LIKE GRASS HERE. FORGIVE EACH OTHER. END IS NEAR. JUDGE IS ABOVE. DO NOT BURN ANYONE"S BOOKS. LET THEW JUDGE HANDLE ACCORDING TO OUR GOOD OR BAD DEEDS. TRY TO DO GOOD. EVERYONE WILL PROSPHE4R AGAIN. MY LOVE TO YOU ALL.!!! JUST FORGIVE EACH OTHER .END IS NEAR.

    April 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hondo

      Go back to your seventh century cave you primitive barbarian

      April 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • yomeyo

      I think islam is ignorance.

      You really think you know everything, don't you? And the whole world is just a matter of hindus vs. muslims?

      Keep whining. Afghanistan is in deep s### NOT because of INDIA, or HINDUISM, or SANATAN, or PHARISEES, OR PARSIS.

      Go beat your wife with a hose. ISLAM = BEATING WIFE WITH HOSE, and also IS JUST A MILITARY TACTIC that was used to gain control of the middle east, and even further. When you speak coherently, so will others.

      You are in some serious denial. Your knowledge of "quantum" is flawed. Did you learn all that you have from a religious book?

      I also believe that you call people gentiles and hindus because you have been to emotionally swayed by reality.

      Islam cannot associate itself with existence anymore than anything else can based on your claims.

      Hinduism is not altering the truth. Rather it states that everything is the truth. There is no rectangle, like you stupidly conjured up in another post. Leave your quran (ignorance), and open you eyes.

      April 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • yomeyo

      Oh, I'm not uneducated. My ignorance of islam and muslims is to that of yours of Hindus and hinduism.

      My father is very well educated, as am I. But there you go again, making assertions based off of nothing. This clearly demonstrates your incompetency to prove a point.

      I was mocking your representation of truth using the theory of a quantum, you m0ron. You cannot speak coherently, so you would not understand, you barbaric muslim. It's really sad. Most muslims are not like you. They are decent people, they are nice. I understand there exist extremists, but I grew up next to a family from Qutar, and they were some of the most decent people I ever met.

      It is not your religion that I was critisizing, but rather your decision to BLAME everything on HINDUISM; why?
      You call Indian deities 'monkey" gods. Is that not barbaric? Am I missing something?

      I really don't understand why you think you are smarter than everyone else, because you fail to JUSTIFY anything you say, YET you keep on asserting this unbacked BS.

      As far as I'm concerned, the middle east is one of the most barbaric places on earth. I have no intentions of continueing this discussion on this forum, especially with someone who writes undecipherable garbage. If you wish to email me: you can get me at conturnal@gmail.com

      conturnal@gmail.com

      I look forward to your emails

      (By the way: the most important things to me are my parents, and those who taught me, NOTHING, is more important to me than that) I do not believe I was the son of some monkey god. I think you are ignorant for saying that, hypocrite. fool. –again please email me as I am really busy and won't check back here, if you feel the urge to reply

      April 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cindy

    If the US would spend it's riches on the development of alternative energy instead of medling in the affairs of other countries it would be a much better world. Oil rich countries and it's rulers are selfish and greedy and it's peole have been awakened to the whole world due to the internet. Citizens of the world just want there fair shot at a life as a human on this planet. Beleifs are like opinions everyone has their own. it's senceless to debate right from wrong.
    Goodluck to us all .

    April 2, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. stewzky

    Looking back at history, we would have been way better off if we had let the Russians keep Afghanistan.

    There is no good way we can get out of this mess.

    George Bush sent troops in, financed by China, just like Iraq.

    These wars have torn the US apart, (read previous comments).

    Do you really think that George Bush cares about womens rights?

    April 2, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • ChristianC

      You ask: "Do we really think that George Bush cares about womens rights?" to which I reply: Absolutely!
      Then you state: "George Bush sent troops in, financed by China, just like Iraq. These wars have torn the US apart", in reply to which I must ask: What part of 9/11 do you not understand?

      April 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hondo

      I don't care about ANYONE"S rights in Afghanistan. It's an armpit of a country populated by murderous Muslim morons. High time to leave it

      April 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dindy

    God even can"t understand this amount of degrees of lies by some people.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      WORD WAS WITH GOD BEFORE THE CREATION. THAT WORD WAS JESUS WHICH WAS PLANTED IN VIRGIN MARY. WITHOUT JESUS ..THERE IS NO LOVE IN ANYONE"S HEART. NO ONE CAN WASH THEIR GUILTY STAINS WITHOUT DRINKING FROM THE WELL OF HOLY BLOOD. HISTORY OR RELIGION ARE JUST SUBJECTS WITHOUT LIFE. THE LIFE IS THE HOLY BLOOD OF JESUS ,THE WORD OF GOD.EVERYTHING ELSE DECAY AND WILL BE GONE .ONLY THE WORD WILL REMAIN FOREVER. LABEL ME WITH ANY NAME. IT DOES NOT HURT. I WILL ADORE AND KEEP JESUS IN MY HEART AND I AM A POWER HOUSE BECAUSE OF HIM. NO ONE CAN DEFEAT ME BECAUSE OF JESUS IN ME. HAVE A BLESSED WEEKEND !! PEACE TO ALL !!! GIVE ALL THE PRAISES TO GOD AND RAISE HIS NAME FOR THE SALVATION WE GOT AND FOR GIVING TO MANY OTHERS SOON.!!!!

      April 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mouth Breather

    salamee has admitted/confessed PROUDLY that he is a DESERTER.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      CLAIMED not admitted or confessed. Proudly CLAIMED.

      April 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MadCelt

    Hey Mikey. Dont listen to that idiot with all his Hindu BS. That is all he has contributed to this and the other blog. Him and SaleRNo are probably extremist brothers that fook SHEEP for a living.

    April 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MyPictureOfMuhammad

    8=>(_|_)

    April 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I don't see the beard.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCelt

      OMG... Be careful dude

      April 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. salerno

    Bush did never care about the muslim women

    April 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muslim woman

      .....and YOU do?

      April 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I support the rawa.

        April 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hindu WISE man

        RAWA: We can only hope that they can achieve their worthy goals.

        http://www.rawa.org/rawa.html

        April 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        They protested also against the US occupation and killing of civilians.

        April 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hindu WISE man

        If you actually followed the link which leads to the ABOUT RAWA essay you would see that they are working MANY other far more critical issues, mainly those regarding the relentless domestic cruelty and abuse.

        April 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I support both their issues, against US occupation, against US bombing and against domestic violence.

        April 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • MadCelt

        Salerno, you made a comment about the USA and killing of innocent civilians. Funny how you do not remember what started all of this. The killing of over 3000+ innocent men, women and children.. Had BenHiden and his group of extremist not started that, Uncle Sam would not be over there KICKING their AZZES !. Of course there is always going to be civilians killed during war's. War is a horrible thing, and unfortunately innocent people do get hurt and killed. Some day maybe not in our lifetime. we will find a better way to solve our differences. Poker and Bottle of Jack !

        April 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        Good answer.

        April 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Madcelt – you are totally wrong. 9/11 was not the start. 9/11 was a reply to Clinton bombing in Iraq, Sudan and Afghanistan.
        The attack on US embessies in Africa was a reply to the arrest of 4 AlQaeda members in Albany. They were planning to overcome Mubaraq, so the US protected Mubaraq and Israle instead of his citizens, IDIOT !!!!

        April 2, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • BANGASH

      Salerno really it is strange how few make whole Americans fool like Bush did. Today every American is paying for his blunders in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. Today every American is a target all over the world and all this hate they are purchasing through the taxpayers money which they had to use for their welfare. So you and me whenever we condemn this evil face of USA they call us anti American which is another proof of their stupidity. I think being true humanist we are very much on the right path as we both wish to see the world free of barbarians like Bush as these few influentials in USA have not only put USA on the path to the hell but have also destroyed world order and in the shape of international terrorism world peace is at risk.

      April 3, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Unfoortunately the USA have the support (even if sometimes not enthusiastic) of many European countries, unable or scared to dissociate themselves from US policy.

        April 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Climbingmama

    If Bush was so interested in advocating for women's rights he would have taken some time during his presidency to make sure CEDAW was ratified. He didn't and now he is just babbling off about something he knows nothing about.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hindu WISE man

    If you could rewrite history and IF YOU GOT YOUR WAY, TOTALLY, you'd still complain and criticize. You are weak and ineffectual.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      You can't help yourself. Whining, criticizing and disparaging yet again.

      You could not come up with a positive comment if your life depended on it. Well, yeah, you are a liar and a deceiver so you could come up with something fake but given your negativity it would be hard to do.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hindu WISE man

      You predictably ignore the main point of my post. It was not about rewriting history, oh ye of limited IQ, and your tiresome whining and fu&%ked up messes of sloppy English language posts. You are rotten to the core BTW.

      MY MAIN POINT:
      You would whine and complain and disparage IF YOU GOT EVERYTHING YOU WANT. You'd STILL COMPLAIN.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      Good answer. Too much history.lost in the present.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hindu WISE man

    Here we go again.....the ugly bigot "speaks" his flop ass garbled mess as if he has all the answers. How Judaism factors in here is a mystery............ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    April 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCelt

      Yakkie has been hittin that opium pipe a little too much. he needs to put it down and have something to eat. Maybe someone will make him some BEACON and eggs or PORK sausages. Wash down with pint of Pigs blood.

      April 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |