October 7th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

Sacrifices in America's longest war

During a vist to Bagram Air Base - the nerve center of American operations in Afghanistan - CNN's Nick Paton Walsh takes a look at the sacrifices members of the U.S. military have made in America's longest war.

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. RSchaus

    I lived in Afghanistan during the Taliban times with my husband and children. The changes brought about by the liberation of Kabul through the coalition forces, including the U.S., have made a huge difference in the lives of women, children, and the young generation of adults – all of whom know nothing but war. Now, it is time for the coalition to pull out – we accomplished what our nation set out to do, and it's up to the Afghans to work for peace within their own country. War is horrible, but it can and HAS accomplished good even in the midst of the atrocities which have occurred by BOTH sides – the coalition and the Taliban. There is so much good I write about it in http://www.about-afghanistan.com because everyone always seems to focus on so much negative, when MUCH has been accomplished to give the people the freedom, space, and peace with which to develop.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Tell me something, RSchaus, how much did the right-wing thugs in Washington pay you to post that mumbo-jumbo? I'm so sick and tired of hearing about how much "good" these forces did but what about the people they maimed and slaughtered over there? It's the same way with the Russians but I don't see anybody posting in here to glorify them!!!

      October 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Craig

    Being here and talking to someone I love how what's supposed to be reported isn't and what's twisted is. It was explained that Faith was a what keeps us going, instead, it ended up being about sucide. Then it goes on to paint a picture about how people are having to do 3 to 5 tours and how some are turning to sucide. When in reality, the people serving that many tours are here because they love what they do. The people committing suicides are merely suffering from problems at home, family problems, relationship problems, but instead lets twist it around to make it sound like everyone is sick of the war. While many people would prefer to be home, they understand the mission, their duty to country and they remember 9-11 and how the taliban protected bin laden. The remember how they ruled this country and their people. I'm sorry, while it's nice to have the video of the base to give our loved ones a look at where were at, the message sucked.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. D.A.N.

    The Taliban and their terrorist allies will soon be cut off from their incursions from Pakistan and bangash I hope you do not reside in areas near any crossing points. But if you do you are probably helping them in their killings one way or another.

    October 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bangash

      D A N I am residing very much at border and see all which none of you can see therefore being a humanist cannot see this humiliation of humanity at the hands of USA and here on this page speak the truth so that further humiliation of humanity can be stopped. D A N for you this is just ten years US occupation of Afghanistan but for us it is third decade of US militarism in this region wherein we have lost every thing. For you it is a matter of business while for us it is a matter of our lives and we see that US militarism has destroyed our homes, towns and our states. For us you are nothing more then a baby killers as you have been killing our babies in drone attacks and through your brain child Alqaida have pushed our youngsters into your death games in this region. D A N you cannot understand this reality as you are a part of right-wing thugs and for you it is a matter of business and livelihood. We are fed up of wars in any form therefore wish to see immediate end to bloodshed either through Taliban or anyone else. You cannot deny that you are the creater of militancy in this region and you are actively supporting Taliban fighting Pakistan and thus you are the main force behind baby killing therefore all of us here now wish to see your burial on Afghan soil so that we all could get rid of this three decades long baby killing.

      October 9, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
      • D.A.N.

        So we are not only fighting the taliban in Afghanistan but also supporting them in Pakistan HUH? The taliban and their terrorist allies are also trying to bring down Pakistan's government also! THEY ALL ARE JUST THUGS KILLING FOR POWER!

        October 9, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bangash

    Calling baby killing in Afghanistan and Pakistan, US sacrifices, expose US agenda in this region, therefore public here now see greater justification in rising against US sponsored Baby killing in this region. This rising hate USA eanrned through militarry adventures during last three decades under different names to cheat American nation by terming it as their sacrifices which Americans as a nation have rejected by voting against wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and today 70% condemn war mongers in Pentagon. No further cheating as it is right wing busines and death merchandise wherein ultimate losers are American nation. George Patton and USMC Forever to see right wing real face but D A N has closed eyes like Ostrich.

    October 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    Let no one forget that the Russians too made many sacrifices in Afghanistan and took many casualties but this the right-wing news media never talks about. They only talk about the NATO sacrifices still trying to make them out to be the very heroes they're not any more than the Russians were. On the other hand, they attribute many atrocities to the Russians whether they are true or not!!! Enough of this biased reporting, please!!!!

    October 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Thank you, George. I too know just how biased the right-wing media is, trying to make heroes out of the NATO forces while back in the 1980's they wasted no time in villifying the Russians. Neither scenario is true. Even CBS is quite biased about this obscene war as I watched much to my disgust Friday evening as they touted what we were doing there. One would have to read a Mexican newspaper just to get the straight facts about this cursed war!

      October 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. D.A.N.

    The angels of God will bring justice to all who kill others to regain power where the vast majority do not want taliban rule, WHY don't you put down your arms and talk peace! And tell me if you think God will be with those who kill peace makers?

    October 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan from Detroit, MI

    Hopefully D.A.N., the angels of God will intervene and somehow persuade the NATO forces to vacate Afghanistan the way they're morally obligated to do. After all, He sent Joan of Arc to help the French break the siege of Orleans, France back in 1428. The Afghans need a similar miracle and how!!!

    October 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nugha

    since when is US begging Pakistan to save its neck? the use of "bomb proof bunkers" is complementary or akin to the use of "bombs.", additionally like "hiding in mountain tops". since when is taliban dwelling in the mountainous regions of pakistan and afghanistan any better?

    October 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. D.A.N.

    Most of Pakistani's do not want the Taliban or it's terrorist allies to roam free in Pakistan and commit all the murders they do there let alone cross over to Afghanistan and kill people to gain power there also! All you crazy Islamic radicals kill, bomb and terrorize people just to control the people of both countries! If you and all the terrorists who bomb buses, put bombs in your turbans to kill people who are trying to bring peace to the region or just because of your hatred of the way others live and begin to talk out your grievances like normal humans and not be killing like animals do maybe you will see peace in your lifetime, But with the way you behave towards both governments you all should be caged like animals!!!

    October 10, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. nugha

    well its simply asking the US to attack/weed out taliban members. i have argued as well why boarders between afghanistan and pakistan allow the transfer of taliban and al quaida, why not block it US? but asking pakistan to weed out taliban/al quaida is better than the US invading pakistan. many pakistani government people have publically declared their push to rid certain areas of taliban and al quaida. the US doesn't have full trust in pakistan. The us has funded pakistan, and it is known that large portions of these groups come from pakistan or are pakistani. if the US cannot make sure that the Pakistanis are on their side, then why?
    the US goal was not to rid pakistan of terrorism, it was to rid afghanistan. the US will NOT get the cooperation of pakistan to invade and attack mountainous regions, as you can clearly see after what happened with Osama. Pakistan will "make sure" they are on top of things. in fact, look how pakistan blocked nato route last year. for sure, Pakistan will not put up with US fighting side it's country at that level: it would take a long time. and also, pakistan is home to many mountains, and crevices where it is easy to camp out. Pakistan up-plays its responsibility on the media, and yes, it has dedicated a lot to these wars, but how much is going on between ISI, pakistan government and these groups is largely unknown. it is not a cowardly thing to tell a country to fufill what their politicians aspire. how can they trust pakistan after osama? after the time square bomber? the Pakistani government unfortunately has a history of assisting certain groups, like I posted before. Also, the current state of pakistan and afghanistan is different. Firmly, i doubt pakistani government would allow US to come and start fighting in their mountains. Also, my guess is many fighters are not in pakistan as in afghanistan, because of their resistance. The US will not expand unless they need to. i don't think it is worth doing the job all over the middleeast. they solidified their being in afghanistan, and many afhgnaistanis agree, in opposition to taliban rule.

    October 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NucularInternets

    Your country doesn't deserve US aid.

    October 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |