February 18th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

General: Offensive will take another month

(CNN) - It will take NATO-led military forces "another 25 to 30 days to secure that which needs to be secured" in Afghanistan's Helmand province, and a further three months after that to be sure insurgents are being kept out of the area, British Maj. Gen. Nick Carter said Thursday.

But Operation Moshtarak has reached "the end of the beginning," he said in a briefing from Afghanistan broadcast by the Pentagon Channel. "The insurgent was entirely dislocated within 24 hours" of the insertion of troops by helicopter, he said.

The Nad Ali district is "broadly secure," he said, but there is still Taliban resistance in Marjah. "It will be some days before we can be completely confident that Marjah is secure," said Carter, the International Security Assistance Force's head of Regional Command South.

Ten civilians were killed on the second day of the operation, he said. Reports at the time said 12 were killed.

There have been five ISAF casualties during the operation, ISAF said in a statement Thursday, without giving further details.

It said later that four ISAF servicemembers died Thursday - two of them in an improvised explosive device strike; another after a separate IED attack; small-arms fire killed the fourth servicemember. It was not immediately clear whether the four were among the five casualties noted earlier. The four deaths bring to 44 the number of Americans killed this year in Afghanistan. In all, 78 coalition forces have died this year.

Carter's comments came against the background of an intensified U.S.-led campaign against insurgents.

Taliban fighters are resisting an allied military push into area they control in Helmand province in the south of Afghanistan.

"They know this is their last stronghold. They're not backing down," CNN's Atia Abawi reported from the battlefield, where she is embedded with U.S. Marines. The crackle of small arms fire and the whoosh of outgoing mortar rounds from the Marines were clearly audible on the line as she described the battle.

"About five minutes ago Taliban started attacking our area," she said shortly before 8 a.m. ET. "The Taliban are not giving up - they seem to be coming out in squads, (but) they know they can't group together in large numbers" because it would make them easier targets. The Taliban seem to include "foreign fighters who will fight to the death," she said.

Across the border in Pakistan, four people were killed and five were wounded Thursday when a drone fired on a suspected militant compound in Pakistan's tribal region, intelligence sources and a local political official told CNN.

The four who were killed were suspected militants, two intelligence officials told CNN. It was not clear whether the wounded were also militants.

The remote-controlled aircraft fired two missiles at the compound, which is in the Danday Darpakhel area of North Waziristan, one of seven districts in the tribal region along the Afghan border, the sources said. They asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

The U.S. military does not comment on reported attacks by the pilotless aircraft, but the United States is the only country operating in the region known to have the ability to launch missiles from drones.

RELATED: What some Afghans think about the fighting in Marjah
RELATED: 'Do we control all of Marjah? No'

–CNN's Pam Benson in Washington, journalist Mati Matiullah in Kabul, and journalists Nasir Dawar and Umar Aziz Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan, contributed to this report

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  1. cover letter

    Your Article about General: Offensive will take another month – Afghanistan Crossroads – CNN.com Blogs Real superb visual appeal on this web site , I'd rate it 10 10.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kitchen Rugs ·

    the baroness of GI Joe is the character i love, she is beautiful and deadly ,,

    November 8, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Noah James

    i love watching GI Joe, both the cartoon series and the movie. I am hoping that they would make a sequel. ,

    April 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Deck

    People don’t have confidence in a war Zone? They live day by day with the threat of confrontation. I doubt the Afghanis believe the current government will deliver them to freedom and why would they, the average Afghanis life revolves around feeding the family and not offending anyone... These people are not Americans they will not raise up. They hedge their bets always. What are we offering them? Security? They have that with the ruling warlord. So we don’t like the way they do it. Who cares. We should let the current puppet government with the help of the CIA and Predator UAV’s control the resurgence of Muslim Extremists, lets keep building our human intelligences capabilities like the Pakistanis have done( we are only starting to see who will pop up) and prosecute a war to our advantage.

    February 28, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Texas Ranger

    You're welcome. Hey Broadway Blues did you loose someone special on Sept 11? I could understand the way you feel. Most in the country wanted our government to respond to that tragic day which was the equivalent to Pearl Harbour. Some are willing to enjoy the benefit of freedom but are unwilling to fight for freedom. Harley Roy I'd like to send Sleepy Americans to Taliban territory. The Taliban would decapitate him in less than a week the first time he spoke out against their regime. Not to say he would miss his head anyways! Sorry for misspelling air fare and incredibly. I was angry!!

    February 22, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. A. Smith, Oregon

    Place those desk polishing generals and commanders into the field in Marjah. Let them wade thru the massive booby trapped poppy fields rather than simply burning them and let them see how they feel about protecting the Opium trafficking for President Karzi's brother.

    February 22, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. KG

    Thanks Bill, Texas Ranger, Joe, and Reality Check! I understand the moms that want to see how their sons are doing, but there is a little too much information being spread. If they only gave us half the information they are sending out, I think we'd be okay and know that our guys are okay. I love my man over there too, but I don't want him in harms way because we have to have every bit of info at our fingertips. Proud of our brave men and women.

    February 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cmwu

    I agree with the last four blogs. My son is a marine and very proud of being one. He loves his country very much. If you don't like it leave and go live in the country's without democracy. Then you will learn to appreciate what democracy is all about. And as far as the news reporters staying out of it, NO: I too get information on what is happening. I don't have contact with my son for weeks. It really helps to know what is going on, even a little bit helps. I appreciate the information that is broadcast. There are flaws in any democratic society, nothing is perfect, but I would never give it up for the life in a non-democratic society. I appreciate my country. Terrorism needs to be checked and controlled.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    The most powerful armed forces in the history of the planet will require 6 weeks to take an 85,000 person town against light opposition. According to reports I'm reading in the LA Times, significant portions of Marjah are already rubble. The whole place will be gone when this operation is finished. What a winner of hearts and minds this will be!

    The US has 823 bases worldwide, ranging from training missions to megabases. Personally, I can't afford paying for this anymore. Let's just buy the oil, gold, bauxite, etc.....it's cheaper. If the US quit interfering all over the world in other nation's affairs, and quit supporting Israel, the world would become a much safer place, and we could still purchase the necessities of our existence from others.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ajaz

    I know our american friends will continue till the number of dead reaches more than the dead americans in vietnam.How could you be so blind?How could you ignore facts?
    Afghans have been fighting for the last about thirty years and war is nothing new for them.In fact, they will be uneasy now without war.But you think what you are doing?
    The biggest super power and its cronies are not able to capture one man even after nine years.What a shame?What is your infelligence and satellite imagery doing?
    With every war you are proving that you can use guns but no brains.You people do not want to see the truth.Is nine years not enough for a super power to win against a few thousand ill equipped insurgents?.you have created a hype of your invincibiliy and your overconfidence stems from watching too many of these Rambo movies.Real life is not a Rambo movie.
    It is wise of Obama to decide to leave in a year otherwise who knows Americans might sink in Afghanistan like the Russians did.

    February 20, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Harley Roy

    Texas Ranger.... never a truer word spoken however the writer can't even spell properly so as the old saying goes," you can't educate pork" . Please do an old former British soldier a favour. when you buy " sleepy americans" air ticket don't point him, her, or them towards Europe. I need somebody like that as a neighbour as much as I need "a second rear exit" PS. God bless the Lone Star State.

    February 20, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. w. kooiman

    It will take at least 7 year before any form of reliable government can be constructed and
    some of the ruines rebuild. It will prove to be impossible to reign people by foreign
    forces who do not speak their language, do not eat their food, do not share their
    believes, who are seen as killers and occupants. The Russians warned us, and know what
    it takes, and their soldiers , although less edsucated and mluch poorer, did pay
    a heavy price. We should consider going home, and bring the money and
    sacrifices spilt over there to an end, there is enough to be done to rescue our US homes.

    February 20, 2010 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. CLS

    Support our troops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Broadway Blues

    Some of you morons conveniently forget there were no coalition forces in Afghanistan on Sept 10, 2001. Apparently you didn't loose a loved one on Sept. 11, 2001. So if I need to remind you I will. The hijackers were trained in Afghanistan in Al Qaeda terrorist training camps with Taliban approval. We asked the Taliban to hand over Al Qaeda and they refused. The Taliban know were Osama Bin Laden is whether he is in Afghanistan or North West Pakistan. He is in Taliban controlled land. For all you brain-dead people, we are NOT in Afghanistan because of oil, gas, The Chinese, The Iranians, The Indians or searching for The Fountain Of Youth. We are there because we were attacked on numerous occasions from bases in Afghanistan! Ignoramuses!!

    February 19, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Texas Ranger

    Sleepy Americans....You're free to leave this country any time you want and I'll pay for plane-fair. To lump us all into one category is convenient but incredible ignorant. You should be shot for treason!

    February 19, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  16. Reality Check

    Brain-dead Taliban supporters are programed in Madrases and they call us puppets! Hilarious!!

    February 19, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  17. Joe

    To all of you who are demonizing America just remember that because there is and America you are able to write your backward thinking, venom spewed,anti American hate opinions. The Taliban, Iran or Iraq will imprison, torture and leave you for dead if you were to write such things about their government.
    I don't like you for what you have stated. I disagree with you, but as GI JOE as I am, I will defend YOUR right to disagree.
    Now stop cowering. Go and enlist in the US military and actually DO something positive to but an end to the Taliban and Al Qadea.
    For those of you who are not here in America. Shut up! You got your own problems! Deal with them and maybe someday yours may become a first world country!

    February 19, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  18. A. Smith, Oregon

    Thirty more days to take over a ghost town and turn it over to some 1,000 Afghan police? Thankfully America is pulling out entirely next year. I'm certain the Afghani people will be more than happy to see US and the Allied troops gone. They'll likely miss the bribes and bags of money the troops hand out to the clans for faux alligence but they'll make it as they have for centurys without us.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  19. hawker

    The island of Iwo Jima, the site of the bloodest fighting in WWII took 36 days to secure. But now I'm being told it will take a month or more to finish this operation. Could it be –
    The troops there did not wear handcuffs,they were actually allowed to shoot to kill the enemy and
    there was NO MEDIA there.
    "30 more days" myself nor any other civilan should already have this information ! All the MEDIA
    does by their presence is to cause more troops to be KILLED or wounded. The enemy doesn't
    need to have intelligent agents all they have to do is watch US TV NEWS. Thanks to the ever
    present MEDIA our enemys know of our plans before are own forces do.
    PLEASE someone-pull the MEDIA back from all combat zones and impose a waiting period
    before it can become NEWS.
    To the best of my knowledge we have not been ingaged in combat with an enemy that wore a
    UNIFORM since the Korean War. And look at the results.
    Case in point – Enemy troops in a building along a road – look four marines on the road,open fire !
    Same building with marines inside – look four men on the road,are they friend or foe,no way to tell
    better let them pass.
    I'm sorry but I tend to ramble on.Just one more thing, I promise.
    According to what was written in that article, am I to believe that when we push the Taliban from
    that area – they will never return, they will not regroup and continue on with their ways elsewhere?
    WOW – there will be Blue Birds of the white cliffs of Dover as we all skip down the Yellow Brick Rd
    Good Grief give me a break***

    February 19, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  20. Occupational Hazard

    The blind patriotism of the so called Allies in this war makes me laugh. It sickens me that the Irish army have a role in this catastrophe, even it is only a nominal number in primarily administrative roles.

    The NATO/ISAF forces are occupying a sovereign country. If I were from that country – I'd be doing my best to kill as many of the enemy as possible, using guerilla war tactics.

    As an Irishman – I've seen how guerrilla tactics and "terrorism" can achieve some level of freedom and remove enemy combatants from your soil. It's a slow process but in the end the enemy soldiers generally don't want to be there, and your people do.

    I respect and applaud Afghani resistance fighters, be they Taliban or not, and think they should use any means at their disposal to continue to discourage the occupying armies to want to be somewhere else.

    The sooner our forces leave the better.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  21. S R Wakankar

    We need a strong new organisation of NON-ARAB ASIA countries led by India ie Bharatvarsh.India is the SOUL of non-Arab Asia-from Iran to Indonesia and Mongolia to Australia including all the Stans of Central Asia and Far-East(ie China/Japan/Korea).The war America and Nato Forces are fighting today,Hindu India is fighting this war for last 1500 years.One has to understand this point which is very important.One has to understand the meaning of Hindu word.
    Hindu is not any religion.It became one because of Arab/Muslim invasions on Hindustan from North-West-scene of today's war.
    Hindu means one who 'RESISTED' the invader.This word you won't find anywhere else.Why? Because they could not face and succumbed,surrendered,became Muslim,got mixed with the invaders,began to behave like them.But Hindus in India,resisted with full force,although defeated politically/militarily,but did not embrace the 'desert religion'.Thus 'Hinduism the Religion' we know today evolved out of necessity.Otherwise,hindu religion does not mean like any codified creed.It is like open sky.Any thing can be Hindu,if not Arab/or Muslim that way.
    When Pres.Bush launched Afgan/iraq operations,some hard-core people commented that Bush's family seemed to have Hindu roots.Quite interesting observation.
    So Organisation of Non-Arab Asia is needed-the very meaning of Hindu is NON-ARAB person.Afterwards,it became non-Muslim.That is why I have said that Hindu India is fighting this war for last 1500 years.The artificial nation of Pakistan carved out by partitioning India's provinces of Bengal and Punjab,is the fallout of this legacy.Otherwise there was no need of creating Pakistan.All our woes and problems today are because of Pakistan.If Pakistan changes like Bangladesh,becomes a normal sane country,situation would change.But they practice Medieval anti-Indian Muslim Imperialism and that is the problem.People of Pakistan don't subscibe to this ideology,but the ruling group,the military is quite drunk with this dead ideology which has no relevance today.In fact,Pakistani ruling establishment has through out misused these Pashtuns to secure their petty objectives.In 1947,India's Kashmir was attacked-under the name of 'Kashmir Lashkar'.Now the same group is 'Taliban' to get Kabul.This is Pakistani imperialism which is the old medieval Muslim Imperialism.Pakistan cannot last long with this ideology.Pak's this line merged with Al Qaeda's global islam imperialism which resulted in 9/11.
    For peaceful resolution of the problem,Kabul/Islamabad/Delhi/Dhaka should come forward and form a joint force stationed at kabul for security of the whole South Asia region.This whole area is OLD HINDUSTAN.In the older times,it was one India. Today there are four Indias-Af/Pak/Ind/B'desh.All these four Indias should come together now and fight the wild beast of terrorism which has become a threat to our values and way of life.In fact, what we need today is Hindu Islam of Non Arab Asia.That is the Real Islam.Liberal,democratic,non-violent,tolerant, not anti-West.Non-Arab(ieHindu)Asia's non-Arab(ieHindu)Islam is what we need today.Whole AfPak region is the glorious old land of pre-Arab Hindu Islam which is not Koranic but Vaidik in origin.-S R Wakankar

    February 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Steve B

    Can somebody tell me we are not risking soldiers lives so the opium trade is transferred from the Taliban to the corrupt Afghan government. Are soldires's hands tied by being ordered not to seek and destroy the opium trade? I'd like to know!!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jerry black

    How many more dead americans will we sacrifice for nothing? The middle east is not ours to control. It is not our country?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  24. rick

    Hey..General..the offensive will take another month..and then what!!!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  25. SleepyAmericans

    First of all, I love how a whole country is asleep while the rest of the world moves on. America has one version of Time Magazine and NewsWeek and the rest of the world gets another. Yet when you open the pages, you see that those living within the borders of the mainland US have a Time Magazine with articles about Tiger's sex scandal etc. This is because right now, the GI Joe Geneartion is coming of age. These are kids that are dumb as rocks. They grew up on GI Joe and actually believe that America is all good and that everyone fighting us is all bad thanks to the massive brainwashing campaign. I swear, their collective IQ in pennies could by you a 5 stick pack of Wrigley's. They view Osama as Cobra Commander. Watch one of them say something retarded like "Osama couldn't even lick Cobra Commander's boots etc." because they usually reply to substance with stupidity.

    The GI Joe Generation loves to make retarded comments like "We are the on the side of right and justice and we the enemy kills civilians while we do everything we can to limit civilian death." Hmmm, lemme see, you have the largest and post powerful and sophisticated weapons and yet you invade countries where the GDP equals the amount of money in my wallet and you expect them to fight an assymetric war without guerilla tactics that usually end up being less focused snd incur civilian deaths???

    Moreover, Soriah is 100% correct. I'll say it openly and without remorse and I could care less if the moderators send my comment to the goddamned FBI or CIA or whoever the hell they cooperate with. The proof she is correct? Your ambassador April Glaspie told Saddam Hussein clearly that the US would not get involved in inter Arab conflicts when he informed her of hsi plan to invade Kuwait. Of course, we could care less when he was killing innocent iranian's on the other side of his country, doing our bidding. So then we station our troops in the Arabian peninsula, at the invitation of tyrant kings, propped up by is, the Saudis, and ignore the fact that 90% of saudis did not want us there at all.

    And now the neocons are beating the war drums on iran. A country whose legal leadership we openly deposed with Kermit Roosevelt at the helm per OPEN CIA records in the 1950s and installed the brutal shah of Iran. And now, the GI Joe generation is wondering, "Why do they hate us?"

    Because you are the 8th grader bully that beats up kindergartners (3rd world countries). All the while, you are too busy enjoying Kim Kardashian on your TV screens in what is now the United States of Kardashia.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Hindu Lal

    I love what Indian minister said... when the hunt for so called terrorists started.

    "Thank-god we don't have oil in India"

    Lal Ji

    February 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Nancy Graham

    The brave Afgans are with the US Marines.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Matt W

    The U.S. needs to secure Afghanistan and make its population feel secure so they will not live in fear of the Taliban. The addition of troops in the country will help to acconplish that and the next step has to be to have the Afghan population start to experience some form of economic progress. Only economic progress will allow the country to experience freedom and will allow for that country to move forward into the 21st century. Security has to be our number one priority but winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan population is probably just as important if we ever hope to leave the nation in a better state then we found it.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Bill

    Soriah, it is evident by your statement that you harbor some resentment toward the Marines and also express a loyalty to the " brave afghans". If indeed they are defending their country against annihilation they should be honored. If they are a fundamentalist Muslim sect ( the Taliban) defending the poppy crop for its monetary value and trying to establish their ways and belief on a population not willing then I fear for them for I for one would not want to face one Marine rifle squad let alone 15,000. I would further like to point out that Marines aren't political, they are just Marines sent to do a job and I might add will "do the job" When it is over, they will let the politicians sort it out. They will simply pack up square away the area and move on. When Marines are called to duty they will respond, as my brothers before me and as I have and as my brothers are doing now. That's why you and I are able to sit here safe in front of our computers and be so ennoblement of my Marines and your (taliban)

    February 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Joe

    Mr.Taylor, my son is in the center of Marjah. If not for CNN's reporter embedded with my son's company my wife and I wouldn't know if he were still safe or not. While we have not seen or heard form him personally we are confident he is still safe to to the due to the minute reporting.Thank you CNN.
    Soriha. Your wrong.Proud Afgns harbored Al Qadea. In case you forgot, they murdered 3,000 Americans on 9/11/01.
    Simon, your right, Bin Laden was a US puppet. Hopefully he will soon be hanging by a very thick string.
    Ron, White guy in Detroit, Mark, Network Thank you.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Bev

    How dare you call my grandson a puppet! Seems like you live in a fansty land. Grow up! I'm proud of all of our, not yours, soliders.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Mark

    Soriah it is truly difficult for me to understand how someone can make such a statement. Either you are a supporter of those who murder without reason or do not know they murder without reason and both ways of thinking are a simplistic understanding of one living in a barbaric past with no real interest in knowledge or understanding. I sincerely hope that one day in your life you will be able to understand that the world is a beautiful place despite those murderers that you revere who want to have the chaos of hell support their efforts to live in the past.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Embattled, street smart, hopeful white male from Detroit.

    1.) Thank you troops for your sacrifice.
    2.) 9-11 is why we are taking names and kicking ass.
    3.) war sucks in general for everyone.
    4.) If we pull out we created a mess and did not teach countries that you can not harbor 1000's of terrorists and get away with it.
    5.) Reward good people no matter what country they are in. if they provide support to our troops on their land then support them.
    6.) ALways show to them that black, white, yellow, brown, christian or muslim you are a american and we take care of each other no matter what the race, color or religion we are are. We are Americans.
    7.) Hope Obama succeeds. Whether you voted for him, like him or not our future is in his hands now.
    8.)war sucks in general for everyone.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. JKF

    Good to see a reasonable assessment, Gen. Carter's. Let us hope that a proper and thourogh job is done, including good underground surveys, to ensure that any arms cache's/supplies, hidden by the terrorists are destroyed; this will ensure that any terrorists that hide amongst he civilians, wil not have access to weapons/munitions/explosives...

    February 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Nick

    If we leave Afghanistan now it'll be like Nine Eleven x 1000 and you know what that is. That's right 911,000. (Nine Hundred and Eleven Thousand)!

    February 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Devan Barrett

    I am just over 100 days before I ship out for Basic Combat Training. I don't know what all of you people have against us helping other nations that are in need of it. We have been and we still are the greatest country in the world. If we have the capabilities to help those in need, why not? I have waited since September 11, 2001 to join the military. It's my time. My motto is "If you are going to complain about something, take a second to reflect on, 'Why am I able to do this?'"

    February 18, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Harold Trainer, USAF RET

    We need to bring our troops home. Terrorism is the new communism designed to instill fear and justify why we fight and die for a lie. The unnecessary wars are costing us and have cost us trillions and our national debt is beyond reason. We no longer have the resources to fight wars that underwrite our economics. Save the money and lives and bring the troops home and use the money for health care defense where we lose 25,000 people a year because they do not have health care. Now that is a real threat. That is a real loss.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Mark

    CNN needs to be a leader and stop publishing military operational security information like how much longer this offensive is going to last in Afghanistan. The radicals view these sites too. Stop giving the bad guys sensitive military information. And don't give me a lame excuse like some lame-brain at the pentagon or DoD gave you the info. Your reckless release of military movements is getting soldiers killed.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Linda

    Why can't people spell anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Phillip

    Wow, so many war mongers in the USA. Everyone agreeing we should be there. How depressing. You know, the Taliban did not attack the US in 2001. Supposedly, they protected or housed Osama and his training camps, but most of the hijackers "trained" right in our own back yard. Osama is nowhere to be found. At this point, it is hard to say who we are fighting over there or why. Maybe we are fighting people who want to defend their homeland from a foreign occupier. The US just has this incredible arrogance, as though we deserve to be anywhere because, well shucks, we are just SO righteous. But one can only wonder, as Americans sit and talk about the savagery of the Afghan fighters, how savage would Americans become if a foreign army landed on their shores. Actually, never mind – most Americans would be too fat and overfed to get off the couch.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Simon

    You should know by now that no Afghans were involved in 9/11, The terrorists were mostly Saudis living in Germany. Bin Laden was in Afghanistan because the CIA paid him to go there to fight the Russians. This is just another imperial war so the US can take control of the MIddle East.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Jay

    Why would someone think that we can't have success just because the Soviets failed?? Who says we can only accomplish things if the Soviets can? That is a crazy, moronic notion.. notion we can't do something if the Soviets can't.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Network

    We abosulutely should be there. The Taliban will not quit until they are gone. What should we do? Walk away and let them get strong so they can do terrorist attacks on our home soil again? There won't be any jobs if we ignore them, there won't be any ecomnomic recovery, there will be nothing but more bloodshed. Our bloodshed, and our people will dies by the 1,000's and 10,000's. Thats what will happen if we do. They started this mess back in 9/11/01.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Soriah

    15000 marines and tbeir puppets against a few brave Afghans defending their homelansd says it all.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Ron

    HB, whether we should or shouldn't be there is irrelevant. We are there and you can't just pull out because the result could be much worse and we'd end up having to come back later to fix it. We wimped out in Somalia and we are still dealing with that problem now: humanitarian crises, piracy run amok, kidnappings, a haven for terrorists, etc.

    Contrary what the anti-war people would like to believe, pulling out tomorrow won't end the war. It will just change the problem. Why do you think Obama hasn't pulled out? Why do you think Obama hasn't closed Gitmo? It's because it's much more complicated than he originally thought and what you are currently thinking.

    Pulling out of Afghanistan will destabilize the region, bring Pakistan to civil war and likely bring Iran into the situation. 90% of those we released from Gitmo went right back to Al Qaeda to kill more civilians, i.e. they're dirtbags, we just don't have the usual evidence you collect because it's a friggin war.

    Here's a simple rule of thumb: If it were simple to do, we would have done it already.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Gregory Griffith

    You all talk about rules of engagment? What rules.. The enemy fights with non of these so called rules. Politictions need to saty in America. How can they lead a war thousands of miles away.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Ron

    Richard, you say, and I quote in part: "I understand they're way up due to the 'new rules of engagment'. If the press isn't reporting them as you claim, from what reliable source are you getting this information?

    February 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Richard

    Why aren't our casulties being reported? I understand they're way up due to the 'new rules of engagment'. Who's covering them up and why aren't the press reporting them?

    February 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  49. HB

    We should not be there...we cannot afford this expenditure of american lives...and the financial burden

    Our entire focus shoulod be to create jobs here in the US and not worry about Afghanistan or Haiti

    If our economy was booming then the support mechanisms used would be justified.....I didnt vote for

    our new president to focus on such financial burden this is having on our country

    February 18, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  50. D Frost

    Just don't know. If the Soviets (then) couldn't fix this one – as barbaric and ruthless as they were reported to be during their stint there – then I don't see how we can expect to do any better in the long run. You can make a case for Democracy vs. what the Soviets brought to the table, but I don't think it matters. Killing each other in the name of this alleged God is what they do. Or what a lot of them do. "Swaddle the baby in a blanket with a bomb and give it to your enemy in the name of Allah" is the depraved insanity that seemingly all of the best intentions can't overcome. As much as I respect our soldiers there, I fear for them for they are waging a "limited engagement" war. Limited engagement has never and will never win a war. I'd much rather let the inferior, violent subclass in Afghanistan kill themselves off or carpet bomb the whole place. Not sacrifice our good men and women to a people who little appreciate what we are trying to do. They're a few that do, but not enough.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  51. William T. Taylor

    I have strong reseravations about live broadcasting during WAR......24 hour delay must be enforced.......this may seem insignificant to some but it could cost one (1) soldier his.her life.........how can 24 hours be that important? All journalist should have to face the parrents of the soldiers that lost their lives.......this is not an exaggeration live broadcasting can cost soldiers thier lives! Selfish success over soldiers lives.......what have we become!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  52. doug Fulton

    Give em hell! They need to know where they're going.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  53. Abraham Valle

    We are going to be in this regiion for decades to come. As the world changes and countries become more hostile the need to use force will rise. Given the facts of what has been taken place since 2001 and the history in that region, we as Americans should understand that it's going to take many years to bring security. We can not just get up and leave the people that are going to be left defending the counrty that we have created for them. This war in the region will last a good solid ten more years.We need to support the troops and put individual issues to the side.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |