May 3rd, 2011
10:35 AM ET

Opinion: It's time to pull out of Afghanistan

Editor's note: Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz represents Utah's 3rd Congressional District.

At the conclusion of the decade-long manhunt for the world's most notorious terrorist, U.S. military forces are receiving well-deserved credit for a mission accomplished. The elimination of Osama bin Laden was made possible by a strong intelligence operation and well-trained special forces units under the Joint Special Operations Command.

In the global war on terror, the combination of actionable intelligence and highly mobile special forces has proven most effective against an enemy that is not limited to a single geographic location.

Amid the worldwide celebration of bin Laden's death, we must recognize that the nature of this war does not require the placement of 100,000 troops in one country. It was not the 100,000 troops that took out bin Laden. We can bring many of those troops home and still effectively fight terrorism around the world.

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  1. NucularInternets

    an*

    May 8, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. NucularInternets

    Hey look Dan! There's a right-wing nutjob that wants us to leave Afghanistan! Too bad he's in idiot!

    May 8, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. pamiri

    it is the time to pull in more attention not just to Afghanistan , but also to the region ( Pakistan) where have being the save heaven for terrorists since this country established in 1947, and meanwhile Pakistan has its agents ISI in Afghan government has functions as high officials, and its have seen before they disclosed the secret of the mission to their patrons which is ISI, Russia, China, Iran , Saudi Arabia etc,
    If we are committed to finish the barbarism and atrocity in Afghanistan Pakistan and to removed its roots and resources in the region and prevent its affect on other part of the world then it requires us to do more effect and struggle to finish it completely, and until we are not dissolving ISI, it would be difficult to achieve the good goal of the human being and living as human being, then we have to remove all the extremists and their patrons in the region and in AFG_PAK,

    Good luck for those who think for the good of the people

    From Kabul

    May 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. salerno

    The helicopter was not a normal blackhawk, but a special one.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • NucularInternets

      True, it's a modified MH-60 Black Hawk for the 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment), but it still runs on the same engine.

      May 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. i agree

    look he has finally exposed his dal khor self.

    May 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Napoli

    I find it hard to understand that Pakistan was not informed of the raid. How could two or four Blackhawks fly deep into domestic territory drawing no arial response. WHy was there no backlash from Pakistani government for invading their air space? Pakistan has a pretty effective Air Force and, at least publicly, pretty touchy on issues of sovereignty. Or, was this another case of "we never knew?"

    The US cannot fight terrorism in this manner the world over. You cannot simply fly into countries at will to take down self perceived bad guys(dead or alive) without repercussions, whether immediate (shot down) or from political fallout (media bashing). However, the bad guys can.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      An helicopter crashed for mechanical problems. In the military gergo this could mean it was shot down.

      May 4, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        Black Hawks weren't meant to be used for the desert. They were designed to be used on the European battlefield, not the Middle East where tiny grains of dirt can disrupt the chopper's operational ability. I can't believe you think that the helo having a problem is worthy of note from his post.

        May 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • pamiri

        Pakistani soldier and its ISI has no the courage to directly confront to the USA, They just can confront indirectly cowardly in one or ways, we know Pakistanis are very discourage to confront someone, they just do deviltry action, we know it better

        May 6, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • NucularInternets

      Jamming, CIA probably payed off a few radar operators, IFF codes

      May 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      The usual excuse of the grains of dirt of the desert is ridicupous. Among the other things it was not in the desert, but in a suburban area.

      May 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        Oh man. Where the hell do you think they took off from?

        May 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        From a CLEAN US military basis, of course. They have the technology to clean the dust inside a military basis.

        They are stupids, but not like their people, it is difficoult to think they put the dirt inside the motors deliberately.

        May 5, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      Sure, if the Blackhawk was shot down it was surely by Osama's guns, not Pakistan Military. Otherwise, there would have been an air battle.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        Yeah, and they said that the helos were escorted out by fighters.

        May 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        You cant know details. Everything is possible. May be the Pakistani were informed later after the shot.

        May 5, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dan from Chicago, IL

    There is nothing holy about Islamic radical extremist killers!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. NucularInternets

    The people who want us to withdraw from Afghanistan have obviously never read a book on Afghanistan or even remotely studied the country's past twenty years.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Nuc – I can say If you want to understand USA you must read a book written by Mullah Omar.

      May 4, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Rebel Teacher

      We need to support the growth and establishment of democracy and free enterprise around the world to our utmost ability. You people that disagree with that fact need to watch what is happening in Libiya, Egypt, Syria, and Yemen where the common man and woman, particularly the young, are willing to die themselves for freedom... they have more sense and bravery than you poor misguided isolationists ever hoped or dreamed to have because you all are just basically uninformed as to world history and quite frankly, pretty dang STUPID. Thank you and good night.

      May 4, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        Teach – Kind of. The trouble is with these places they are rebelling, yes, but in favor of what or who, no one is quite sure yet. Don't jump to conclusions on what it is they really want. The only thing we can say for sure is they are discontent with the establishments of their respective governments. I think what it boils down to is they are discontent with corruption and favoritism where everyone gets a piece of the pie, but not in equal shares, unless you know someone.

        May 4, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Napoli is quite correct, but additionally the true interest for the global economy is the free navigation of the international waters and especially in the gulf region. Other kind of wars are the product of the stupidity if the liberals, like Kennedy, Clinton or Obama.

        May 4, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        @Rebel Teacher. Who are you to decide what the people in the Middle East need or want? And who are you to decide these peoples' future? I say,let these people decide for themselves as the biggest problem they ever had was American interference. We need to adopt a laissez-faire foreign policy for the good of all.

        May 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        In the case of Libya, is it right to back or help the rebels? When the US says it is in favor of the rebel's cause or Mohmar should retire, is one thing. But is it correct to arm the rebels?

        May 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan from Detroit, MI

    It's been time to pull out of Afghanistan since 2001. In fact,we should never have gone in there at all. We went in for the hidden mineral resources there but the right-wing news will never tell us that and that's why we'll remain there indefinately. This 9/11 mumbo-jumbo was only an excuse to go in there in the first place!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Well put,Dan. Nothing could be closer to the truth.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Your an idiot!

      May 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Quite true Dan,quite true.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        To avoid any confusion here,I was talking to Dan from Detroit. We do need to get out of Afghanistan asap as we have no right to be there in the first place.

        May 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I too agree with Dan from Detroit.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rebel Teacher

        Stupid birds of a feather do flock together.

        Go hug a tree or something and leave this type of thing to real men who have brains and bravery.

        May 4, 2011 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • NucularInternets

      Hidden minerals? What the hell does Afghanistan have? It's a friggin' rock with no useful materials (except for opium if you're into that kind of stuff [I'm not]).

      May 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        There are important minerals, but the problem is to build electric infrastructures to extract them and it will take many years.

        May 4, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Rebel Teacher

      Dan, son, you are pretty stupid, seriously.

      Be quiet and don't embarrass yourself.

      Trust me on that.

      May 4, 2011 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Roger Green

    While watching your so called news cast one of your people said something about can't this be just a good thing for the United States does it have to be turned into something political? Yet within hours if not minutes CNN was saying how this will help obama get reelected and how much obama has done for the country by taking bin laden down. What was it your people were saying " Can anyone beat obama now"? How much more polictical can you get than that? Ms. Rice says one thing about President Bushand how he helped get this started and your people cry forshame your are turning this in to something political. Which side of your face are you speaking from? No wonder real people don't watch CNN news.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |