May 10th, 2010
08:05 AM ET

Taliban vows new operation, defeat to 'invading Americans'

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban announced Saturday it would begin a new operation against U.S. and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan on Monday, vowing that "all foreign invading forces will ultimately face defeat," according to a statement from the group.

"The Al-Faath (victory) operations will target the invading Americans, the NATO military personnel, foreign advisers, spies who pose as foreign diplomats, members of the Karzai stooge administration and members of the cabinet," the Taliban statement said.

The statement, which listed 10 other targeted groups, said the operation would begin May 10, and would use IEDs, blockades, assassinations, abductions and suicide missions.

Afghan Defense Minister Rahim Wardak said Saturday the Taliban does not have the number of fighters or the means necessary to carry out such plans.

In a news conference, Wardak said it's likely the Taliban will continue to use its current tactics of IEDs and suicide attacks, but the group does not have the capability to fight the Afghan and NATO forces.

A spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force told CNN that the Taliban's "pledge to attack the very people committed to securing Afghanistan's future further demonstrates that they have nothing to offer the Afghan people but more blood and tears."

"While President (Hamid) Karzai visits Washington tomorrow to help his people, the Taliban will use violence only to help themselves," said Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis. "ISAF will work alongside the Afghan people and their government to protect them."

About 100,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan, as well as 40,000 NATO-led troops.

CNN's Atia Abawi contributed to this report

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  1. really

    The taliban are ginna need defeet to run away on if they keep screwing with NATO forces......

    August 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James H

    The taliban stand no chance without embracing technology. A guy with an AK47 and an IED does not stand a chance against satelites, Drones, Planes, Ships and etc.

    If they educate themselves enough to embrace technology then they won't be taliban anymore. The taliban choice is one of lack of education and ignorance.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KingofArt

    I am so sorry. I am afraid that all 965,462 men in Afganistan must be rounded up, placed in internment camps and re-educated by force.(drugged, lobotomized, castrated and branded as our slaves). We will hurt some innocent men, but we will cleanse the country this entire generation of people. We will take their children and teach them western morality, honesty and the value of peace. In 30 years there will another uprising and we'll have to do it again.

    July 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RK


    Buddy, Its the same rant from every American. you think you are always right. BTW, The debt is directly linked to the two wars. Only an immature and delusional withh think other way. According to you, by now, your country should be debt free, coz u think "US also has the ability to curb spending and get a handle on it if it chooses to do so". It is foolish to think that "if US pulls out then debt will go away". The point is, stay the heck out of every country and mind your own business.

    About breath mints, why use breath mints if your mouth is hygenic? Yeah of course, Johnny Sparkletongue gets the gal, but she likes the guy for fresh mouth, money in wallet, fancy cars and a big house. The problem with that is they don't like the person for who they are. Once they start living with each other, they get into problems of misunderstanding and before you know they both sleep with other people after marriage. One year or later, its marriage counselling and if that doesn't work then its a divorce. Arranged marriage works much better in a way. We still do a thorough background check on the gal's family and vice versa, then we talk to them, we try to understand each other, start compromising after marriage and we live happily. But that rarely happens in US. I am not saying all American's are like that, but the percentage of successful marriages in India is much higher than in US. By sucessful marriage, i mean, living happily together till the end, without cheating.

    Anyways, you have a wonderful day......

    May 19, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Horgh

    Hello RK,

    Sorry man, just not buying your over-generalized rant that "all conflicts are the same, and it's the US vs. Freedom Fighters". They're not and it's not. It's much more complicated than that.

    I think many American's would agree that it's probably time we pull out of Iraq- help insofar as we can financially and let them rebuild their country the way they need to provided they don't resume slaughtering each other.

    Afghanistan- Much harder, and a much greater reason for the US to stay engaged (see the reasons that I stated for why the US is there to begin with).

    Yes. The US has huge debts now. Most countries do, and yes, China is holding a big chunk of it. The US also has the ability to curb spending and get a handle on it if it chooses to do so. Now, tell me again why the US debt policy has to due with the war in Afghanistan? You're saying that if the US pulls out, our debt goes away?

    Finally, I'm sorry that you DIDN'T follow up on your breath mint statement. Seriously, it was the only part of your first post that actually made me smile. You see, our use of "breath mints" does not mean that we are "dirty" as you first noted. It means that (in general) as a culture we place a premium on grooming and hygiene. Especially during dating season. That's a joke by the way, but you get the picture. Wives don't come to us by arranged marriage, we have to compete for them. The guy with bad breath and body odor plays World of Warcraft while Johnny Sparkletongue gets the gal.

    Have a nice day!

    May 17, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. RK


    My point is, they all belong to one category, Freedom fighters. Doesn't matter if they use, mujahadeens, taliban, Al-Qaeda etc etc. I don't want to do profiling just like you did. They are all people of Afghanistan. All i was trying to tell was, they were called freedom fighters when they were fighting Russians and now since they are against America, they are called terrorists. I understand your point about taliban executing people, may be it was in hundreds before, ever since US went to Afghanistan and Iraq, there are million deaths. How do u feel abt tht? Why people have to die just because America can get wht they want, i mean OIL in Iraq. Everyone knows US is waging a war in Iraq coz of that only reason. Pull your troops out and let other countries do what they want to do. Something is right in your point of view may be wrong in theirs.

    BTW, everything i said is true. Come on you know it. Are you saying america doesn't have debt? Last i heard it was around 14 trillion (not sure though). Are you also saying Chinese don't buy your debt? Come one buddy, you should know better than me. Saudi's and Chinese own the most debt of US of A. I don't even want to get into the argument of using breath mints before kissing a girl. I have seen it, heard it from my American friends. So don't say everything i said is wrong.

    May 17, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Horgh


    Pretty much everything you posted is wrong. The Taliban did not exist until the 1990's. No, these are not necessarily the same people who fought the Soviets. The Taliban represent Pashtun tribes, but also include Chechens, Arabs and other foreigners, all dedicated to transforming Afghanistan into a haven of their own interpretation of Sharia law.

    It's not "their country". It's only theirs if they can hold onto power in the country that they took over by force and mass executions. The average Afghan citizen does NOT want amputation for minor offenses, stoning, public executions, non-education for females etc. etc.

    The US is there because the Taliban provided a safe haven for Al Qaeda, who were allowed to actively train personnel and execute their very real attacks on the West.

    I only hope our government and population has the will to see this one through.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. RK

    To Marine dad,

    You are one pathetic person. I understand your troops are doing their best to defend America, but, just answer me this, if someother country comes and tells you on how to run your country, will you accept it? During 1980's the Taliban were called Mujahadeen's by Ronald Raegan. But now they don't do as you say and all of a sudden they are called terrorists. Your country is already in shambles . Huge debt and no jobs. Your economy runs only because Chinese are buying your freak*ng debt or else you all will be in hell hole.

    BTW, just because we don't wipe ours with toilet paper doesn't mean we are a third world country. We are more hygenic than you ever was. For god's sake, you guys can't even kiss a woman without a fresh breath mint in your mouth. Thats how dirty you people are.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. crppplll

    The mentality of these Taliban is really quite low. All they need to do is welcome us. We never stay where we are welcome. After we leave they can strike up an alliance with their neighbor China where there is a huge market for their Opium and they are rolling in dough with no more war.Karzi won't last long and then it's back to tribal rule just like it has been for thousands of years. Or better yet strike up a peace accord with Arizona, and they could sponsor your immigration to the U.S., give you a tent and a new AK47 and you could fight the insurgent Mexicans on the border. There are a lot of simple solutions that all hinge on not killing any more Americans. Go figure.

    May 14, 2010 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. jay

    That was a good one my other twin! I will go to sleep now. Have Fun.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jay

    Hey Jay it's a nice day in May, why don't you pay me for the hay, then stay at the cay near the bay where ray learned you were in the gay way as the horse said nay and fay said 'way.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jay

    Why do I talk to myself, silly me!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jay

    I got it! smart Alex.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jay

    Jay. I am jay, not Jay. Got it, dude?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jay

    I am the real... real... real... Jay here. Fake "Jay", do you want to play the slapping game. I'll slap you silly and you can slap me back. We can do this all day and all night long OK.
    By the way, I just love the American people. They are so nice and generous.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  16. POD

    Taliban to attack Americans........Sun to rise in the East.....Leading scientists declare that Donkeys cannot fly ........Media Alert......Film at 11:00

    May 13, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dru

    Even though it is understandable to detest extremist Islamic radical regimes,
    let's not use this as way to be hateful towards Islam in general....

    May 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  18. davetharave

    How do we answer the Taliban ? With the drone and the smart bomb. These Neanderthals must be eliminated once and for all.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  19. American Idiot

    Americans at war of words with Indians here...LOL fellas. All I can say is India is much better place than the US. Indians are more sensible economically in the sense they dont spend the money they dont have unlike the Americans who screw the world economy over and over again!!

    May 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jay

    Mabel get off the table the quarters for the beer.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jamie

    From reading these comments, we seem to hate each other. Afghanistan did not attack us. Iraq did not attack us. The people who did are dead. Our soldiers should be brought back home. The Afghan people did not want the Russians. They do not have the Russians. If the people want the Taliban, they will have the Taliban. If they do not want the Taliban, they will not have the Taliban.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  22. pickaside

    For those who have served, Thank you Comrads. For those who haven't and think that the Taliban and terrorists are right or feel sorry for them, go join them so that you can be blown up by "Puff the Majic Dragon" also.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Mabel

    Jay, how old are you, 9 or 10? Since you referred to us as you Americans, you must not be. Are you JoeSixpack as well? I think you must be an angry pre-teen little girly girl.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  24. jay

    You all remind me of Alexander Dumas without the Alexander.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Burn 'em

    Nuke Waziristan!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  26. davec

    Could be inaccurate? All religions are completely inaccurate.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  27. Comte

    See what religion does? Any religion could be inaccurate.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  28. Era2009

    In 1786 Thomas Jefferson, then US ambassador to France, and John Adams, then US Ambassador to Britain;

    “…that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

    Sound familiar?

    But for a Muslim to keep his word to an Infidel at the expense of opportunities to expand Islamic power is the Islamic equivalent of a mortal sin.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  29. jay

    Please fake jay or jays stop using my name. I may be a lying and very gay American but I like my name and it rhymes with gay. I'll slap you silly you silly goose.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  30. Zoltan

    To the American and NATO led forces: SHOOT TO KILL!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  31. davec

    Javier, I hate to tell you this but we – the US people – do not have much will in this fight. We will pull out of Afghanistan soon pretending to leave it in the "capable" hands of the Afghan army and police but it will fall to the Taliban.

    After 9 years, 700 billion dollars spent, and over 1000 soldiers killed and thousands more maimed for life we are about where we started.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  32. davec

    Horgh, very, well said.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  33. Horgh


    It's a pity that the Prophet Mohamed was besmirched. That wasn't cool or necessary.

    But to say that Muslims don't make war is completely inaccurate. Right now in Darfur, Islamic militants are waging a horrific war of genocide while the Islamic world stands by and says nothing. This is happening elsewhere in Africa as well.

    Islam was spread through war. Remember Mehmed II? Modern day Turkey and much of Eastern Europe was converted to Islam by force. As was Portugal, Spain and parts of France before they were turned back.

    The US/NATO put a stop to Muslim genocide in Kosovo, you're welcome. There is no attack on Islam going on by the West. That's mindless propaganda.

    The US needs to be very clear on our long-term goals, and execute accordingly. In the meantime, a little accountability from the Muslim world would be a great step in the right direction to ending these crises.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  34. Pete

    Santa Clause the Almighty is going to kick Mohamed's child raping a*s

    May 13, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  35. Javier Gonzalez

    The Taliban are good fighters there tactics are stronger, our will to win and protect the innocent and free the people of Afghanistan is far greater then the will of the Taliban. The war will not be won thur the number of Taliban we kill but by showing the country and its peolpe that we care.Yes along the way there will be fire fights and guess what we win them because you cant match our numbers or weapons keep trying Taliban but you will never win.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  36. Khaled

    To only those who commented with wicked tone about Islam or called Prophet Mohamed a "child rapist"; you are all a punch of ignorant who refuse to know the truth and deny it. Islam and prophet Mohamed name will never die or fade despite of all attacks. Look back in the present and past history of Western Civilization: Who made and used the weapons of Mass Destructions? Who make the land mines which kill thousands of innocent people every year? Who makes weapons and sell them? Who makes wars? Muslims are not terrorists and do not try to control the West. It is West that's trying to control Muslim and force them be Westerners or just face extermination!!! Who will not follow the Western Style is an enemy of the Western Empire? Who will not worship the same God of the Western Empire is doomed to suffer!!! Look at the history of Aghanistan, the British Empire could not win for years and after them came the Soviet Empire and they also faded. Wake up and stand to truth or even start to think about it. If Islam indeed a religion of violence and terrorism, it would not have been growing daily. I call upon you all to believe in Allah the Almight and bear witness that Prophet Mohamed is His last messenger and prophet. This will be a start for everyone of us to have a new life and think a fresh. What we may initially see as ugly and terrible, may turn out to be the best thing we have ever known. And then your entire perpective of the world and how you live your lives will change!!! Trying becoming a Muslim and feel like a Muslim and think again of the entire situation!!! I Do pray to Allah the Almighty that He guides all of you to the light of Islam; I also Do pray to my American Ex-wife who is goiving me a hard time because of the divorce, to guide her to become a Muslim.....Ameen

    May 13, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  37. Jay Too

    Hey jay, I think you have too much time in your hand. Go do something else that is useful to society.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jay

    Get out of the way "Jay Too". Blog using a diff id. Stop putting off people blogging. Even better go to a blog on Pakis and join the silly Paki bloggers.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jay Too

    Hey jey, are you having fun posting all crazy comments and offended other people? 🙂

    May 12, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jay

    @obamaliar, sorry you must have made some sensible comment and I must have missed it. Dumba*s.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jay

    you bore me with youe comment. 9/11 was a hoax put on by your government.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  42. obamaliar

    to Jay...put your shirt back on your yellow streak is showing

    May 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  43. obamaliar

    God to CIA: please stop using those predators. We are running out of virgins up here

    May 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Buddy

    Why are we in Afghanistan? Well, first of all, congratulations on having the intellectual curiosity to look into current affairs unlike too many other people. A few years ago 19 Saudi Arabians and a couple of other different nationalities hijacked four jetliners and flew them into the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and some suburban field thus killing themselves as well as several thousand other people. Consider that these same people were associates of Al Qaeda, an "extremist" Muslim theocratical group who advocate the murder of all nonMuslims and also fellow Muslims who are not "their type of Muslim". Al Qaeda was funded and nurtured along by Pakistan's equivalent of the CIA, The ISI ( InterService Intelligence ). Now consider that Pakistan is a nuclear weapons capable nation that has scientists, military and political populations that are sympathetic to the cause of Al Qaeda. However, not all of Pakistan is supportive of Al Qaeda or the Taliban, in fact, increasingly more of them are against the extremists. But that's okay because there's always an area that Al Qaeda can control for themselves and the Taliban: Afghanistan. That is, until the ISAF put a screeching halt to their violent activities. If you think that if the USA stopped all activities in Afghanistan and the Middle East that Al Qaeda would leave the west to live in peace and tranquility, you really need to think again. They won't stop and in fact, Usama bin Laden was counting on the American people not having the will or tenacity to carry on a long war. I say Bin Laden got that one wrong. The USA must be active in this "war" and it will remain so. How effective can the Taliban and Al Qaeda truly be when they have to be hypocritical of their own stringently held beliefs in order to make clumsy attempts at fighting their "jihad"? The worst thing about the "war against terror" is that the W. Bush administration used it as a means of political manipulation, authoratarian regimes need intimidating bad guys gain the consent of their governed masses. In short a mountain was built out of a molehill. The process of whittling the mountain back down to size may take a while but it will happen. Afghanistan will be brought into the modern world. Many urbanite Afghanistanis welcomed the change. The rural, salt-of-the-earth conservative country folks are a different story but people will ultimately choose freedom over oppression once they get past the propaganda.

    May 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jay

    @Pepper (#117), it is true in the coming years the Americans have to accept they are going to be second or even third best in some things. But since ww2 the world has looked up to US for leadership. This is one area you must not end up second best. In recent years it seems to have lost it's direction a bit.

    May 12, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Jay

    It'S fun being "GAY"

    May 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Jay

    I lied again. Those comments are all mine. I just can't help myself.

    May 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Jay

    Comments made by "jay" (#93, #118, #132 & #134, #135, #140, #143, #144, #145) so far are not mine. This Indian guy in the US like most other single Indian men in the US is most likely a se*ually frustrated virgin. God help us all. Dumba*s.

    May 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jay

    coming out is wild baby!!

    May 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  50. jay

    I think it is genetic because I am gay and my father is gay.

    May 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  51. jay

    I forgot to add jay #135

    May 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  52. free men

    India has the caste system. they believe in slavery. I don't like India and neither should anyone else until they change their system

    May 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  53. free men

    Hinduism ? like in India ? they have a caste system there. meaning they practice slavery. There's nothing more evil than slavery. India sucks !

    May 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Jay

    I think all of Islam is fake! I'm really not from India. I'm from Wisconsin. My father is gay and my mother left us years ago. I don’t like people and they don’t like me. I just like to offend other people. I quit school in the 8th grade. So sad too bad but that’s life.

    May 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |

    Why are you so aggressive?

    May 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jay

    Fellow bloggers, comments made by "jay" (#93, #118, #132 & #134) so far are not mine. Some of them are very offensive to me.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Jay

    Fellow bloggers, comments made by "jay" (#93, #118, #132 & #134) so far.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Disgusted with warmongers

    Thanks, Jay! (to put it in so many words, yes, these fellow Americans ARE stupid and they're going to lose everything and don't know it yet)

    May 12, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  59. jay

    The US has 70,000 troops in Afghanistan and spends $70B a year. After 9 years you are where you started. This looks like a stalemate to me and the rest of the world. Time to call it a draw.

    Those few thousand rag tag Taliban fighters are keeping over 100,000 coalition troops at bay. Even with your high tech equipment. What's wrong? Can't win against "scared little girls?"

    May 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  60. wife1

    My husband is also serving in Afghanistan and tells me that the Taliban is always running away from our troops like scared little girls. The only way they know how to fight is placing those IEDs, They never do face to face. They are so full of IT!

    May 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  61. jay

    You Americans are like a dog: you hear but you do not understand.

    You talk too much. You believe what you want to believe. You are no longer the richest nation in the world. You are the poorest because you have the most debt.

    When you are old you will tell your grandchildren how good it used to be. How you ruled the world and took what you wanted. You will be a has-been like the once great Great Britain.

    It does not have to be this way. If you listen, ponder, think and act correctly. But you will not.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  62. James

    I love how so many comments are directed to the Talinban as if they have someone sitting on a computer reading all the comments.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Pete

    Oh and Jay, we are in AMERICA! You can take that stupid dot off of your forehead now.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Pete

    Boy Jay, don't you have anything better to do than cowardly sit behind a computer all day bashing every anti-taliban comment you see? Go make some friggin Tikka Masala or something and leave the rest of us alone. Indian women are hot American women are not.....Ha, Ha,.........go rot in hell.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Normand Plourde

    I feel that we as a hole in north America should have our troops return home and let the other side of the world settle their historic issues for themselves. When they come back asking for assistance we then make agreement that while we are over there giving up lives we inturn own all land that we recover, as in all historic wars they were all fought for property. If there is no property or profit from going to war then leave it alone. It would be nice to have a new province that is in a warm climate area of the world or new state.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Isurewould--California

    @ Arihant Sharma – India

    If I'm not mistaken, India's government was created and handed over to the people by the British Empire. Most people assumed it would quickly degenerate into a mess, which it did for a while (as in millions of Hindu's and Muslims killing each other), but eventually it stabilized and is now emerging into a world power. So you cynicism about Afghanistan is unwarranted.

    I'm not sure Afghanistan will ever emerge into a world power of any sort, but there is no reason they can't emerge into a stable country given time and support. Whatever is going on there, it is better than the formerly crazy terrorist producing Taliban

    May 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  67. JoeSixpack

    Laura-The poppy fields are NOT the source of the Taliban funding but they are the CIA source of funding for all their illegal activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan.. wake up sister your gov is the terrorist not the Taliban, what is the US doing in Afghanistan< Pakistan and Iraq but killing as many of them as they can in order to control their resources.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  68. WizardOfBooze

    @gabe – First – I absolutely agree – 9/11 is something that we just can not forget, it is something that must be avenged. Second – there is ABSOLUTELY NO QUESTION ABOUT THE GOOD WORK OUR BRAVE FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN are doing in stabilizing that God forsaken part of the world. I salute them and their families.

    If you remember, all 9/11 hijackers were Arabs – who are not the same as Afghans ( a.k.a Taliban ). It may be argued that there are still many Arabs fighting along the Taliban, and I am ready to concede this to be true.

    The point I am trying to make is that we are fighting the wrong people. We need to FORCE Pakistan to stop two-timing us – accepting aid to fight the Taliban at the same time propping up the Taliban so that we can be "milked" perpetually. Afghanistan is a land locked country. Taliban and Co have to use Pakistan to transit to Afghanistan. If Pakistan is FORCED to do what it needs to do, our men and women can be home.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Laura

    Eradicate the poppy fields once and for all! This is the source of Taliban funding, and heroin is addicting and killing the youth of the western cultures!

    May 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  70. gabe

    WELL TALIBAN, MAYBE YOU ALL SHOULD THANK OSAMA FOR THIS. REMEMBER 9/11???? oh yeah! i do. you cant just attack the U.S. and expect us to sit back and say its okay. your gonna get what you asked for. i mean sorry but its your fault were over there. people seem to forget the Attacks of sept. 2001. i will never forget and i feel we have every right to invade the country we find responsib;e. you guys started this fight. we are just going finish it.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  71. CW

    Here's a way to finally get rid of the Taliban and fix 'illegal immigration' at the same time: Gather up all the illegal aliens and send them over to fight the Taliban- tell them "... When the Taliban is destroyed, kaput, finished, wiped off the face of the Earth, we'll bring you back to the USA, *give* you citizenship and *all* (even taxes)that goes with it..."
    Neat idea, yes? ::ducking::

    May 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  72. izslaamhatr

    Attention! The Talitoads announced today, that they will use thier navy to destroy us infadels! They will bring on the mother of all battles to us by using torpedo's. They are also thinking about bombinb us withe their jets. They will do this after they murder some kids and women first.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  73. Yun Chen

    Also taliban and jihadi – american idea – now bite american dumbas* posterior with all sharp teeth. remember fight soviet russia in afganistan ? As i told – always ready to shoot gun first, but not ready to think future. like cowboy. therefore nobody call america true friend. why – friend today, then come to kill tomorrow.

    taliban and jihadi, all bad, i on side free world

    May 12, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  74. Yun Chen

    Jiongistic war mongering patriot Arerican make too much noise with loud mouth about not brave taliban. Why wrong Taliban hide and fight ? You use things they donot have.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  75. jay

    You Americans are crazy fighting all the time. While you do that we Indians make more Indians. You Americans wash yourselves all the time because you are guilty about treating the rest of the world as your toilet and trash dump. We Indians don't need to bathe but once a week or even less because we are guilty of nothing. We save water and soap and that pollutes less.

    Indian women are HOT and American women are NOT. Indian women smell like women and not like soap.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  76. Pepper

    @ Jay
    I personally accept the fact that America is going to become second to other rising countries such as the growing telecommunications and medical practices of India and the consumer productions of China. I don't like it, because I was born into a world where America was on top. But our world is changing very fast, and some Americans need to adapt to the fact that we will become second best in some things. But I completely realize the facts. But I also agree with your views also. You have the support of a 17 year old teen who has his eyes wide open to the world that we live in. Maybe some that still have theirs closed will read this and discover what is really going on. But hey, it a free country.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  77. Pepper

    Nukes were invented for certain reasons, maybe we can send a nuke over there, just to see how they would react. They take offense when a family of theirs is killed, but yet they think its alright to kill off all American families. We got the heads up, we as a nation did better than you, so what? Just ask for some aid and put this rage over the Crusades to rest. It happened 1000 years ago, so put it to rest already! I bet that there are some reasons for fighting that the Middle East has forgotten about. And it's ending in death and violence. Instead of reading the Koran and stating that Allah wants you to kill off Americans,pick up another book, such as Romeo and Juliet. It clearly states in the book what happens when two fueding peoples completely forget what they were fighting about.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  78. davonskevort

    best solution surround the city. cut off all food... give me a gun and i give you food.

    Siege works the city... cut off their logistics... they do roadside bombs and we will starve them out.. screw winning hearts and minds... win stomachs.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  79. Salman Zafar

    *1.57 billion (or around 23% of the world's population) human beings follow and deeply love

    May 12, 2010 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  80. Salman Zafar


    stop your lies and have no knowledge of the facts and of up on my faith before you make such accusations about the Prophet (PBUH) that 1.57 human beings follow and deeply love

    May 12, 2010 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  81. Jay

    @Nancy Graham, What do you mean by nobody will know who I am or where I come from? Are you the only Nancy Graham in the US? I did'nt exactly see your address and phone number next to your name. You and your fellow americans should stop treating yourselves as if you are some sort of special gifts to mankind from god.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  82. Jay

    @BUBBA – ALABAMA STYLE, you did some electrical work and you survived. Must be some sort of personal record for you. Dumba*s.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  83. Jay

    @Nancy Graham, You have not heard of an Indian named Jay! Big surprise. How many Indians do you actually know?? Your troops are in harms way because the mess they are trying to clean up was created by you in the first place. I am very happy for you that you are proud of your troops and your country. That does not mean you show another country in a bad light. Give respect and then take respect. You yanks may be 50 pounds heavier than me but that does,nt mean I am scared of them. I will tell you yankees in person exactly what I am commenting in this blog.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  84. Terry W. Brookman

    I any of you bothered to look it up you would find that the Taliban was created by the CIA to fight the Russians and if you want to ask why they fight today your best answer would cone from the CIA. Not that you would get an answer much less the truth. I don't care if we nuke them, I thought was the reason we invented the neutron bomb. The industrial war machine (Banks) make big money on war and fear so they will keep this thing going forever. There are close to seven billion people on the planet so there will be no end to people to fight, peace is just taking a rest in between rounds. Killing seems to be what we do best anyway.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |

    Why would I go to an Indian doctor in my country? You people don't believe in personal hygiene.
    I did some electrical work for a female Indian doctor in one of her examination rooms, There were ants crawling on the counter tops. When I showed the Indian nurse she wasn't interested in doing anything about them.
    There's plenty of good American doctors here. Don't flatter yourself!
    Oh and by the way! Most of you comments are unwarranted - Dumda*s

    May 12, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  86. Nancy Graham

    I've never heard of an Indian named Jay. What's your Masters degree in??? Why are you in this country??? Indians do nothing at all for the country I love. You have some nerve talking bad about our Troops in harms way. They are protecting our freedom, and keep us safe from terrorist exploding bombs in our public places.
    Everyone in every neighborhood in this country knows someone who is serving in our Armed Forces and they're very proud of our Troops EXCEPT YOU and many other Indians who decided to live here. Your people here do nothing to improve our standard of living.
    You can make all the comments you want on this blog and nobody will know who you really are or where you are. That's typical of your culture. You certainly would never make your comments to an American citizen in person.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  87. Jay

    @BUBBA - ALABAMA STYLE!!!, stop being a serial pest. And take care of your incontinence problem permanently with an Indian doctor in your area. Dumba*s.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  88. Jay

    @marine dad, First and foremost your comments(#53) about India/Indians was unwarranted and uncalled for. No YANKEE YOKEL with a degree, 2 cars, house which actually has wood floors, running water and whatever can call an Indian a dudette and gets away with it. For your info I have a masters degree, 2 cars and a double storey home with timber floors and running water. In the US we are better than even the white Americans in every comparable activity. Check below link.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  89. marine dad

    Thanks MR DAVEC, have a good night and take care

    May 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  90. marine dad

    jay,I didn't take "yank" as an insult,I was trying to figure out where you were from lol As far as yokel your half right..the definition being...someone who is not intelligent..wrong I have a degree, We own 2 cars and I even have a house that I own and paid for that actually has wood floors and running water no dirt under my feet and I don't need to make a trip to the communal water spigot definition of yokel part who is not interested in other got me there.As far as the taliban being sissies,maybe I should change that to soldiers that are poorly trained and afraid to do direct battle with superior forces and they find it necessary to dress as women to blend in so they will not be killed and they also find it necessary to hide behind women and children in battle because of our western code of chivalry of not killing the women and children in front of them on purpose.911 knocked down a few buildings and alot of the people they killed were not even Americans.Did you see the white flag flying from the white house?? Sure it was a tragedy ,but they got lucky.Your own Indian army has enough problems worrying about Pakistan a much much smaller country,but you guys are holding out pretty good in Kashmir as you said.I think when we are scheduled to leave next year,hopefully the regular Afghan forces and police will have enough gumption to handle it themselves,although I have some doubts, perhaps if we claim victory ,it will be because we killed a lot more taliban than they did us,who knows for sure. But you can rest assured of one thing,if the situation worsens because of them and people like them,one day down the road we may respond like the big gorilla we are and drop a few big bananas on them.been a real pleasure for tonight jay,but I gotta hit the sack,have a good evening !

    May 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  91. davec

    Marine Dad, I am proud of you and your son for serving our country.

    Another reason I believe we are in Afghanistand and will maintain a force there, is the stability of Pakistan.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  92. marine dad

    Mr. DAVEC, I am in total agreement with what you say,you are correct,I don't want my son there and I don't want any other service person there either or of any nationality to die at the hands of these cowards,lets train the afghans like ya said and leave,after that,what happens happens.We can always fly back by for a visit and drop some special mail to them.The main point of contention I have is with these anti-American yahoos.YOU can tell who they are when they use words like "flat of Budweiser" or "yank".Sometimes I don't understand what they are thinking when everyone knows what the al qaida/taliban etc. are willing to do,like detonate a nuclear weapon in any city in the world if they got the opportunity to do so or set off regular homemade bombs in crowded cities ,,,any city in the world !!! No need to preach to you,you know the story.I have praised our soldiers for the job they have done,their bravery and toughness,most of them joined to try and make a difference in the world ,thats why my son did it.If some of the previous comments made have a problem with the U.S government ,that is their right and they can take it up with said government,but slamming U.S. SERVICE PERSONAL for any reason by some of the above commentators is unacceptable . thanks for your incite!

    May 11, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
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