June 29th, 2010
09:51 AM ET
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Sandra

    Can Patraeus make Israel safe in the middle east (on tax dollars from the US)? Probably not. Cut the losses. Call it a day. Before they bankrupt US.

    June 29, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      We are not fighting to make Israel safe... That is their job!!! We are fighting to keep American and other Countries Safe!!! Why do you think NATO is fighting with us???

      June 30, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sandra

        mitworld.mit.edu/video/488

        http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/war.casualties/index.html

        June 30, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    Succeed in Afghanistan in what exactly?

    Giving Hamid Karzai and the Karzai Clan Billions of taxpayer dollars using a shadow Pentagon-CIA fund thru a Dubai bank? YES, the Pentagon has certainly succeeded in fooling the American people while giving enormous amounts of American taxpayer provided CASH to the Karzai Clan.

    Succeed in making Afghanistan the 53rd. State of America? NO, Hamid Karzai was not even democratically elected. He was hand-picked by the CIA to become the President of Afghanistan. Many countrys around the world along with the citizens of Afghanistan realize the recent Presidential election in Afghanistan was a sham and stolen by Hamid Karzai. Hamid Karzai is a dictator, supported only by America's machine guns upon the poor people of Afghanistan.

    Succeed in flooding the world with Opium-Heroin? YES, during the Bush-Cheney administration, all 37 provinces across Afghanistan were fully planted with Opium Poppys resulting in an enormus spike in Opium-Heroin exports by the Karzai Clan to the world. Now Afghanistan produces 98% of the entire world's total of Opium-Heroin.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      What you people forget Obama did not start the wars... He is just trying to finish it so it won't end up like Bush Sr war and we would have to go back and finish it!!!

      June 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • "ANNIE"

        People seem to have very short memories about the Bush-Cheney Wars ! I wish our soldiers could be living the life of luxury and sleeping like a baby like Bush-Cheney are !! Only the devil himself could not feel guilty about starting this war based on LIES !! Get our soldiers out of there N O W !!!

        July 2, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kamal Mustif

    All he has to do is hire McCrystal to run it for him.

    June 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Adam

    I'm still at a loss as to why we're in the Middle East... Wait, let me rephrase that... I'm still at a loss as to why people think we're in the Middle East. We're not there to combat terrorism. We're making it worse. In both cases we've whacked the hornet's nest and now we stand there wondering why the hornets sting.

    Musharraf and Karzai are pawns of the forces we're supposedly fighting. Never mind the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan, that's just not going to happen. Not only are we strangers in a strange land, we're walking around with guns. If I walk up to you covered in body armor with an automatic weapon strapped to my chest and ask, "Will you be my friend?" my answer is likely to be, "Yes. Yes, I will." And I might be as likely to tell the guy whose got a gun strapped to his chest, but who shares my language and religion, just where that stranger went.

    The situation in Afghanistan exists because there is no centralized government. There really never has been, and one will likely never exist. We can't look at this in terms of winning or losing. Instead, we have to look at it from the standpoint of leaving the hornet's nest alone and slowly walk away. Will they claim victory? You bet. But in the rear view mirror of Hummers across the region, we can see Al Qaeda and the Taliban shaking their fists saying, "And stay out!" Leaving our troops to come home and defend America for a change, not trying to feed millions of people something they find utterly impalatable: Good ol' Western-style democracy.

    June 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Adam,that's easy.We're in the Middle East to build an invisible empire and satisfy Barack Obama's vendetta against Islam.

      June 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        You know, Onesmallvoice, if we'd gotten there last year, I might grant you a feeble argument. But we've been there for nearly ten years. Now, as for the whole invisible empire thing, that can bear some weight.

        June 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      mitworld.mit.edu/video/488

      June 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sandra

        Nobody wins:

        http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/war.casualties/index.html

        mitworld.mit.edu/video/729

        June 29, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      No in the rear view mirror of our HMMWV's we'll see Al Qaida obtaining passports to the US to follow us. Bin Ladin has vowed to fight us anywhere we are. It doesn't matter whether we take our troops home or not. You're views are short sighted and unfortunately the shared by many ignorant Americans. You should have a sit down with a soldier and see what he/she thinks.

      June 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • B

        Is Bin Laden even alive? Do you really trust the "once in a blue moon" videos of him?

        July 5, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Iraq for the oil... Afghanistan to stop Tarriest!!!

      June 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cha

    Remember Vietnam, If not I do. For those who don't remember the past, are doomed to repeat it.

    June 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      I also remember that Vietnam is a different country. Those who compare different civilizations are forever ignorant.

      June 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      If they would have left the troops to the Generals rather than listen to Congress, Senate and UN... We would have won that war too!!!

      June 30, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rick Duffey

    Our focus should be on Iran, not Afganistan, because Iran poses as our biggest threat to our national security with the development of nuclear warheads. Our leaders better get the blinders off their face before it is too late.

    June 29, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    Not if he doesn't change the strategy and curb the ridiculous rules of engagement.

    June 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      It sure didn't work Bush's way... At least Obama way we have a chance in both Countries!!!

      June 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        The current ROE's in Afghanistan were first implemented by McChrystal in 2009.

        July 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |