October 7th, 2010
11:24 AM ET

War in Afghanistan: 9 years later

Nine years ago on October 7, the United States launched Operation Enduring Freedom along with the British military and other coalition forces in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Nine years later, more U.S. troops than ever before are in Afghanistan as part of a U.S. President Obama-planned surge; Afghan President Hamid Karzai has formed a council to help negotiate with the Taliban and find a way for peace; and more than 2,100 U.S. and coalition troops have died.

In the United States, nearly six in 10 Americans continue to oppose the war in Afghanistan, the lowest level since the start, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll last week.

For some Afghans, the involvement of the United States remains divisive. In Kabul, the damage left over from past and present wars are daily reminders of a country long at the crossroads of history.

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  1. mischa

    War is a bogus pile of shyt. 9/11 was done by our own government not some damn criminal in a cave. People need 2 wake up; these wars are for profits.

    November 20, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. md

    I usually vote to the left,But there are a lot of leftist bullies making comments on here over and over again like dan and larry.You guys are so annoying every time you make comments.What makes you right and every one else wrong.I was not for the iraq war but i do believe afghan war was needed and we should scale down as soon as it is possible

    October 18, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. ballreguard

    does anyone wonder what will happen when the tens of thousands of servicemen and women come home and find NO JOBS?

    October 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. me123456789


    October 16, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      I don't know. I also don't know why half wits like you wait till now to post comments on old stories.

      October 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fred

    if every one here giving comments think the wars are about stopping terror try googling oil pipeline in afganistan. also karzai used to be on exxons payrole as a consultant

    October 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bailoutsos

    Hey, CNN wants you to share your memories of those you loved that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, soon Iran. Maybe it is time to bring all our sons and daughters home?

    October 14, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. bailoutsos

    America's enemy has changed, so methods of dealing with them have to change.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ted Smiles

    I don't know where you idiots at CNN get your information from. 6 in 10 Americans were against the war in IRAQ. Afganistan is a whole different matter. muslims attacked US all in the name of Islam, and since that time, those "muslims" have been more and more radical.

    October 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Richard

    To Jim. You comments seem some how simular as if we had heard this before. And of course we have. Sounds just like Veitnam. Winning hearts and minds, and we all know how that ended. Sad Americans never learn, and are so quick to forget history. Good thing we have Republicans like George and Dick to remind us of such things, with their stupid and costly wars.

    October 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DALE

    war is hell, But if you going to fight one fight to win .Destroy ever thing in you path and come on back home .don't even think about helping to rebuild the place .For this is not the way to fight a war .Do what ever it takes to win. In war innocent people are killed but that can't be helped its war. We have lost so meany soilders useless in this war till its pittiful.Those people over there don't know anything but fighting they were born doing this and will continue to do so as long as time exist. We need to take care of the U.S. and our own business. If we do this we will have our hands full. We don't need anything from any of these other countrys everything we need we have here in our country. Why can't we see this? Its probabley to dam simple for (WASHINGTON)

    October 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LarryKegel(US Army)

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    Israel's prime minister on Monday offered to extend a moratorium on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank, but only if the Palestinians meet his demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Chuhi

    The Russians tried and left. It seems like we should have learned something. The more the US meddles in the affairs of others the worst and more entrenched the problem is becoming. During the past 30 years or more we've given support to Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and we fought them. Who is the real enemy here??? It appears to be the mindless, neverending military industrial machine that we were warned about quite a few years ago. What are we fight for really??????

    October 11, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |

    Herman C.....not sure where or from whom you're getting your facts from, but with all due respect, you're out in left field shagging flies, my friend, while the world and reality is rounding third base. Best get your mind in the 'game' Herman before you are out! Do you subscribe to the Michael Moore 'world version', or are you just editor (idiot) in chief?

    October 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James Smith

    Both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have been counter-productive and have not increased the security of any American anywhere. Cheaper and better would be to give everyone in both countries a bank account with $1,000,000 US dollars and a Catalog from Wal-Mart.

    Better yet, invite Wal-Mart to open a few dozen stores in each country. End of problem.

    October 11, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Darizzle

    This is the war that ne-ver ends... Yes it goes on-and-on, my friends.... Some peo-ple star-ted figting it not knowing what was... and they'll continue fighting it for-ever just because, this is the war that ne-ver ends....

    October 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Gopherit

    The Roman Empire ultimately suffered collapse because its involvement in endless wars, most stemming from its imperialism, while it was crumbling internally. Sound familiar? The grinding on of the Afghanistan war may have the same ultimate result for U.S., funding its imperialism through borrowing from mostly despotic regimes. A comparatively ragtag band of Afghan patriots may in the end put an end to the Washington, D. C../Wall St. dream (nightmare) of world domination.

    October 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  17. bailoutsos

    While America is fighting an unwinable war, China has been financing our obsession while buying up rights to natural resources around the world. Is America ready to battle China for natural resources?

    October 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  18. yo

    Petraus and 20 of his staff officers should mount up in some humvees and charge into pakistan, something paton would have done given such a f-up war to fight, and you know what we might actually win that way

    October 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  19. bailoutsos

    "Though much has been said about problems between the Copts Christians and Muslims in Egypt, most of this comes from outside the country. Internally, most Copts Christians and Muslims seem to agree that the two religions are very united in Egypt, and indeed, they share more than a few common customs and traditions." @@@@@ Wow, Christians and Muslim living together in peace? I guess Muslims are not the evil people Americans think they are.

    October 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  20. thoughtdog

    For the life of me, I cannot understand how being in Afghanistan is helping the fight against terrorism. This is also true of Iraq. We surely are not winning hearts and minds, by disassembling a country, one mud hut at a time. When the country's leader is the brother of the biggest heroin smuggling operation in the world, who are we helping?
    When the drug cartels take over in Mexico, are we going to go there, and do the same thing?
    Supposedly fighting them there will defend us from them coming here to do their dastardly bidding. I pretty sure we have made more enemies than friends.
    George dubbya and his cronies are to blame for this mess...they really didn't give a damned about peace, all they wanted was a piece of the pie....Cheney saw to it that Haliburton came up with the biggest contracts in both theaters.
    George was probably thinking of the oil, that we will never see, and did not give a damned about lives expended, Afghan, Iraqi or American.
    You CANNOT destroy an Ideology with weapons and soldiers...
    Get the Hell out of the middle east and let these cowards work it out for themselves....If they won't stand up for themselves, then they deserve the conditions they live in!

    October 10, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  21. Carpe diem

    It must be easy to compare "AfghanWar's" situation, to those like the colonist. What you have is a small perspective of reality, and have no idea about what is really going on. You can’t for a second say that the Afghan people are responsible to overthrow the Taliban and overcome terrorism like it’s a simple method. Our trained military are having a hard time. Don’t put yourself is someone else’s shoes that you have never been in. It is a lot easier said than done, because if it was that simple, the holocaust, Rwanda, and many other things would have never happened in the world. For you to call them pathetic just shows your ignorance and that you know absolutely nothing. There are people doing good things there every day, difference is the bad things make the news. Read "Lone Survivor" see how a village of Afghans risked their lives and ended up saving a US navy SEAL which they found left for dead. So please, for you and many others, it is very easy to speak without knowledge so i would suggest you better understand the situation first.
    God bless our soldiers, and may they all come home in peace.

    October 10, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  22. mmi16

    No matter what the Afgahans think about the US and their presence, the have to come to the understanding that THEY are the target of the Taliban...not the US.

    The Taliban will skirmish with US forces....just to keep the US forces from helping the Afgahan's to help themselves to be self reliant.

    In the 9 years of US presence in Afgahanistan there have been less than 1500 troops killed....since the started counting Afgahan killed in 2006 there have been 7000. So who are the Taliban targeting? They are targeting defenseless civilians.

    When the Afgahns realize that they are the targets....maybe then they will begin to grow a pair and defend themselves.

    October 10, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  23. Keith

    Don't suppose anybody noticed the decrease in news about Iraq. That’s because people don’t notice when a problem starts to fade away.

    That's the political problem a President has when he spends so much of his time fixing really complicated messes left by his predecessor. Once a problem has finally been unraveled and fixed, it just drops off the news cycle and becomes "non news". People don’t pay attention to it anymore and they start focusing on the next remaining problem.

    It should be noticed that the President has, at this point, reversed the Bush Blunder. Bush invaded Afghanistan, then immediately drained that theatre of support in favor of pursuing his personal unjust war in Iraq. Our current President has now successfully undone Bush’s illegitimate shift of military focus from Afghanistan to Iraq, thereby returning our military focus to where it should have remained following 9/11. This effectively resets the clock on the military operation in Afghanistan to where it was before Bush lied to the American people in order to pursue his personal vendetta against Saddam.

    For those who are against the war in Afghanistan, that is a perfectly honest position provided you were against the war in Afghanistan before Bush suspended it in favor of pursuing his personal war in Iraq. I count myself as part of that group. However to be fair, anyone who was in favor of the war in Afghanistan prior to Bush betraying it must accept that, by finally cleaning up the Iraq mess, this President has essentially reset the clock on military operations in Afghanistan to the point where Bush tossed Afghanistan into limbo.

    I am personally grateful that the President has placed a time limit on Afghanistan. Any good manager knows that if you don’t set a time limit for your workers to complete a project, the workers will feel no sense of urgency and will treat the project as open-ended. Imposing a time limit is imply first rate management on behalf of our President.

    October 9, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Brian

    i read a lot of posts from ppl with no backbone. Does anyone realize how terrible the Taliban are? Has everyone lost sight of who these ppl are and what they stand for? But sure, lets just pack up and leave; and let the Taliban do what they do best...great idea. I'm sure the world will progress quite well with that country running full of crazies...but then again, if the Afghans don't want us there, well have fun and good luck

    October 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. dindy Sri lanka

    DAVE.. if you were the president when 9/11 happened what would you do? GWB had to make a tough decision on that day. But i agree with anyone..if say..this war is going in for along time. But at the same time I can"t give opinion to stop it or continue because i am not in Afghanistan and dont know the real picture. yet i feel sad for Afghan civilian and fallen young soldiers who does not deserve such death in a strange land like Afghanistan (very difficult to understand the way Taliban rule their people )US AND NATO Army has two responsibilities at one time. They have to fight two enemies. One side it is Taliban whose the way of ruling is not fair for the citizens. Then the other fighters in Pakistan.
    as you all know it is very complicated to handle. Pakistan is pretty large compare to country like mine. And big population. So these fighters are well spread. But not in uniforms. Get maximum help from Pakistan Army if they are willing to support honestly . But I am not sure after reading all the comments by other people.

    October 9, 2010 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  26. Aleem Ibrahim

    The US went into Afghanistan for the sole purpose of going after al-queda. That group is no longer there,they are now in Pakistan and elsewhere.The US are now fighting the Taliban.They should be out of there.Why continue fighting when you don't know who the Taliban are.
    Why continue spending billions of $$ on this useless war,when that money can be better spent at home,rebuilding the US and putting it's people back to work !!!
    The US are fighting a losing battle

    October 9, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Aleem we are heard that they are at the Pakistan and AFGHAN boader

      October 9, 2010 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  27. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Sucks to Be you.

    October 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  28. seydou diallo

    the afghanistan war is necessary if we ever want to deafeat al-qaeda and the taliban then we need to stay in afghanistan but i agree that the war has taken to long and needs to end but i want us to leave with victory not like we did in vietnam

    October 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Shahriarzadeh: AFG-US Citizen

    As far i know the Afghan War is a pre planned war with lots of strategies and masterminds behind it. The END is unknown, the enemies are unknown and the supporters of this war is Unknown. Even if someone like Obama try to do something better for a country like Afghanistan or Iraq, then those unknown elements are there to say OBAMA IS A MUSLIM! WE DON'T WANT HIM ANYMORE!

    October 8, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  30. daddy

    farid zakaria bark like a poppy dog against pakistan...................................heheheheheheheheheh

    October 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Polaris

    I think we should have just nuked them to begin with im not sure wat the hell we are waiting for screw the civilians if they dont like the taliban they should leave common sense

    October 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  32. We are all slaves

    The reason the USA is in the middle east is because we are being used to complete the agenda of all these large corporations who fund the politicians in our government which in turn gives all the corporations the power. Our goal in the middle east is to keep our troops there as long as possible because war makes money for these large corporations (military defense companies, national security agencies, central banks, oil companies which INCLUDES SAUDI/IRAQI/IRANIAN OIL SHEIKS, etc.). For those Americans who actually think their troops are there to bring "Freedom" & democracy & all that other bull****, open your eyes a little, stop listening to the media. And to all those Middle Eastern people who think all Americans & westerners are evil, don't be so quick to judge. A lot of Americans don't want to be in this war as much as you don't want them there. The government (big corporations) control the media as well. They simply use propaganda to turn both sides against each other by spreading hate & fear using lies about each other. If you would like to open your eyes a little bit, go to "www.zeitgeistthemovie.com", and you will see why we are all slaves.

    October 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carpe diem

      For a second you almost sound like you know what you are talking about. I guess you have been to Iraq before 2001 and current Iraq. You have seen with your own eyes things that were thoguht to be impossible to accomplish there, oh wait you havent. Stop talking like you know what the hell your talking about, and do a lil reasearch to first. Never assume of things that you have no idea about.

      October 10, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      That was one of the most sensible comments I've read yet,We are all slaves. You said it all. Thank you.

      October 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  33. two cents

    i have come to a conclussion...Pull all US influence out of the mid-east, bow to Al Qeada, get off oil now, and make peace, we arn't commited to destroying the enemy so meet their demands, unfortunetly, many more thousands of innocent americans will die in the future b/c we won't handle the situation

    October 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  34. two cents

    the pakistanis don't want us their, ever thought of giving them a whole bunch of cool stuff, appeal to their every need: economy, military (they already have nukes so what does a stealth fighter or something of the sort matter,,, ect..), agriculturly, socially, give them are very best kept stuff, appeal to their every desire, make them our best friend, it bahooves the US in the long run, Al Qeada is the concern, I understand that the President can't send us in w/out the pakistanis on board because of a little something that they have which I gauruntee will end up in the wrong hands

    October 8, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  35. two cents

    We as americans are so fortunate to have obama in office, finally done with the ultra-rich running the show, obama needs to paint the picture to the pakistanis that their tribal region is the equivilent to our wild west of the 19th century and we want to clean it up for them, get the pakistanis on board and have them put a large blocking force toward the interior as a sign of security from US and as to not allow Al Qeada to retreat any further, quit using the troops as border patrol, thats not what they do

    October 8, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  36. two cents

    common who is gonna fix the f%%*in problem, every one of us knows but sits idle, you are murdering the troops. God Bless the troops, they fight hard for a government that sells them out

    October 8, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  37. two cents

    And as for the two countries we brought democracy to, it ain't gonna work, those turds are still livin in the middle ages, strong us backed dictatorships are the best hope we can have for stability and do we really want Al Qeada running around preaching their load like the KKK do in America,

    October 8, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  38. two cents

    And as for the two countries we brought democracy to, it ain't gonna work, those turds are still livin in the middle ages, strong us backed dictatorships are the best hope we can have for stability and do we really want Al Qeada running around preaching their load like the KKK do in America, common who is gonna fix the f%%*in problem, every one of us knows but sits idle, you are murdering the troops. God Bless the troops, they fight hard for a government that sells them out

    October 8, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  39. dindy Sri lanka

    why Muslims are so quiet when these brutal attacks take place? A Muslim military Doctor killed 12 soldiers recently at a Army base in Texas where they were taking medical tests before their departure to Afghanistan. There are some more like that. wolves under sheep clothing. Do not trust people too much in a world like this. Some openly say that they will fight forever against the people who does not agree with their Muslim belief .I am sick of hearing these threats and non of these decent Muslims talk against it.

    October 8, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  40. two cents

    People can see right through war, it is not that hard to wage it, right, how come none of the generals will stand up and state the war plans are fubar. The fights in Pakistan, we will lose for the same reasons as the soviets. You cannot allow an enemy to have hospitals, chow halls, rifle ranges (zero), bomb making labs, ect...drones arn't enough.

    October 8, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  41. two cents

    ALL generals in the military are politicians and most are worthless, they will sell anyone of their troops out for another star. COL's are the highest authority troops should respect. I would like to ask Colin Powell or Shinseki if they think we will have victory.

    October 8, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  42. two cents

    Our leaders missed one big thing in iraq, there were two wars. Civil and American. Block by block religous street fighting, we were more or less caught in the middle, Shinseki new this was gonna happen and stood up for what he believed in. Last honerable General in the military, Obama needs to beg him back into uniform.

    October 8, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  43. Guest

    Whoops! The last word in my last comment should have been talk and not task. Eerror regretted

    October 8, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  44. Guest

    There is really no harm in negotiating with the Taliban but if there is some solution and who won't want the solution. Then let us wait for that talk and if I M not wrong, there was already some task.

    October 8, 2010 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  45. Guest

    Hello there back again............NATO forces have more casualties this year(2010) and if Im not incorrect then the month of August was the most deadliest one but on the other hand there is some progress also seen in the killing of terrorists by the DRONEs. Though it is a very uphill task to get them, get all of them( the rogues, filthy elements) but I feel they are being given shelter, aid and full support from some leaders of Pak, ISI, some *s*****t nations and may be even ****A, thereby they seem to ROAR like FEROCIOUS LIONS and seem to be in Heaven of Delight but that is only upto the period which is fixed up for them. Sooner or l8r they R Gonna pay for this, that is really my notion.
    I feel Gen. Petraeus should Keep on striking the marked sites of these f***er* serially and make them shiver like anything.
    Though right now the policy to be adopted should be like that of a goldsmith but they are to be finally dealt with the IRONSMITHs policy – ( " Strike the HAMMER ehen IRON is HOT " ).
    If the iron is not getting hot, make it Hot, Hotter, Hottest.


    Bye for now.

    October 8, 2010 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  46. mmi16

    When are the Afgahn's going to grow some balls and realize that it is the Taliban and Al-Quieda that are killing them for sport.

    October 8, 2010 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  47. kyl4peace

    ingnore the enity that wishes you death. Thats a new stratagy. I know that there may be some in the country that don't want that; however. they harbor the very people that do. The end of sympothy/ empothy begins with the repeated support of those you know are envolved in horrible indeaceny. once twice shame on you. three four shame on me. a majority " it might shock you " support the anti American sentament just don't want to be involed directly.

    October 8, 2010 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  48. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    hmm,,,Whats That sound?
    oh its ME laughing.

    October 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  49. q8eeDee

    What the US needs is to pressurize Afghanistan's neighbors into contributing to making the region safer. Outside of the big cities of Kabul, Kandahar and M-e-S, most afghani's might not even associate themselves to a "country", and rather are just worried about their village or provinces. Get rid of the notion of a nation, and focus on the entire region as a whole, and on setting the region right.

    Number 1 on that list of neighbors is Pakistan. Rather than constantly seek to disrupt the region, whether thats India or Afghanistan, Pakistan should be forced to set its priorities right. Compare the failed state of Pakisthan to its "Archrival" India: Two countries born at the same time, with the same resources. One choose to play the dirty game early on indulging itself in needless wars. US should stop hoping that Pakistan will someday line up, and instead force them to get its house in order. Than includes better efforts at governance of its unmonitored territories, focusing on non madrassa education and development of its infrastucture, better economic polices, etc. Everyday news shows us where the Taliban are hiding, where the drone attacks are targetted, and where Al Qaeda's head honcho parks his sorry butt. Not to mention blocking convoys, bombing Kashmir, and whatever random tasks the ISI send its henchmen to do.

    October 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Coolamerican

    Politically correct war will not work with these terrorists. A Gurkha soldier in the British Army was removed from duty in Afghanistan for beheading a Taliban commander. Google “gurkha beheaded taliban commander” and see for yourself what kind of ridiculous PC war we are running. It is OK for the Taliban to kidnap and behead innocent people like journalist Daniel Pearl and distribute videotapes of the beheadings, but it is not OK for a British soldier to behead a Taliban commander in combat. The Gurkha soldier should be rewarded for finally paying back the Taliban in their own currency. Taliban, Al-Qaida and their supporters should be beheaded and then we will see who is running like chicken with their heads cut off! An elite force of Gurkha soldiers should be raised for anti-terrorist missions to take out the Taliban ruthlessly. There is almost 50% unemployment in Nepal, they should be well compensated by all countries affected by terrorism and also they would be doing good for the entire world.

    October 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  51. humphrey2075

    Stiglitz and Bilmes have pointed out that this whole sorry business has cost the US taxpayers $3 trillion, wrecked the global economy, and caused grief and sorry to our country's young men and women who have been forced to serve multiple combat tours. They return wounded in mind and body. Was it worth it? Doubtful....

    October 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  52. kodi

    If you dont stand behind our troops, your more them welcome to stand in front of them. My fiance is over there fighting for your right to make comments like this. Not appreciated.

    October 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  53. zoomzom

    Very nice, our man in Afghanistan, Karzai is calling Taliban and Alqaeda brothers now.

    October 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  54. ikram

    Full tributes to PAKISTANI SOLDIERS AND PAKISTANI ARMY. The real soldiers. Well done Pakistani Jawans.

    At least you know how to fight.

    October 7, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Larry coffey

    To the people of the world, this is a holy war. All I see is complaining and this war needs is prayer to win this war. To you start praying and the war will be over, thank you and god bless

    October 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Smitty

    I just came back from Afghanistan and I served with guys over there on their 4th and 5th deployments. I myself have been on three. The troopers over there are committed to get the job done no matter how long it takes. I've seen the difference and progress that were making there. Leave the warfighting to the troops. If you haven't been there you really don't know. To my boys still over there: stay frosty and stay safe.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Georgia Goad

      Smitty, your comment was great, I agree with and believe you know what you are talking about. As for your fellow soldiers still over there...we pray for them too. My nephew is home and we couldn't be prouder or happier. Will he go back? As much as I would like to see all our boys home, he will go back if need be but for now we are grateful for you, your fellow soldiers and for our nephew. God Bless GG

      October 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  57. mp3mogul

    Does anyone READ this? The reason I ask... is that 99 percent of the posts are in broken ENGLISH... indicating that they are not from americans....... or from uneducated people that shouldn't be involved in the first place.


    October 7, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  58. lol

    We must create a stable and Western friendly Afghanistan so we can have access to Central Asia's untapped wealth of oil and natural gas (remember folks, planet earth is rapidly running out of these invaluable natural resources). Unless you want your grandchildren and their children's civilization to revert back to the 17th century, we must continue to work, fight, and sacrifice in Afghanistan.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Josh

    If all you individuals would spend a fraction of the time you spend posting your options, by assisting in any shape, matter, or form to the veterans of our country, past a present, we would live in a much more productive world. You don't have to support the cause, but you WILL support the individuals that allow you and your children to sleep in peace at night. USMC 2003-2009. Note: first and last post made to website. Sleep in peace opinons!

    October 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  60. buzz

    There is no military solution to the problem in Afghanistan. Are we seriously going to go village by village and hold the ones we overtake? If so, we will be there for about 120 years, given all the towns and safehavens that need to be overtaken. And what if they go into another country for sanctuary–oh, wait, they are doing that already in Pakistan and other old Soviet satellite nations. Let's put up a good defense here at home, shore up the good old USA. The homeland's been neglected. Let's keep a close eye on what's going on in Pakistan and Afghanistan via technologies–why we need tens of thousands of troops there is beyond me.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheDude

      THANK YOU, finally a sensible solution. You are a very smart person.

      October 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  61. jts

    Do people still believe that our troops can end terrorism by killing all the terrorists? Don't they know that their is a terrorist born everyday. If anyone is reading this & is thinking about joining the military-It may be considered a heroic thing to do, but don't. Even if you're young, healthy, & careful, you still might be killed. No one is invinsible & your families want you alive. I do support the troops even though I don't think they should be there or should have ever gone there.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  62. mary

    Talk Talk Talk..... Bring our men, women, sons and daughters home.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Just an opinion (cont)

    or the ones u get after becoming a seasoned professional, a hunter of men, u know the ones u get right before comming home

    October 7, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Just an opinion (cont)

    u know, the ones when some knucklehead hops in your convuy and SGT sais get him and you ram his a^^^ into a hidden ied meant 4 u, u know the ones that wake u up lookin like a lunatic but it dont really bother u cause u know your girl digs it when u wake up and your hands are already around her neck,

    October 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Just an opinion (cont)

    RedMist, I know I probably shouldn't be sayin anything on here but I am gonna drop u a lesson: u wanna here some sensless crap, u know what war is like when you kill men; you got all types, the lucky ones when u are a cherry and everything u learned in basic goes right out the window, 5 second burst, yeah right, sight picture, common, and u know u aint controlling the breathing, the good ones, the ones that make u get off and feel like a god, the bad ones,

    October 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  66. c.i.a.

    3 world wars by albert pike do a research your gonna freak.

    October 7, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheDude

      You know something C.i.a., just posting random conspiracy theories that have barely anything to do with the topic isn't going to get your club anywhere. For your'e own good, you should stop making such a fool of yourself.
      Ok, so perhaps that last one is gonna start up an argument with some other comments, but the point is, and the point shall remain that no one here really cares about our gov. taking over, and that wars were started by big businesses, and that George W. Bush was secretly a muslim. (these are all real conspiracies, stupid I know.) Share your conspiracies with people that care.

      October 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Daniel

    So where are all those warmongers who said "if it weren't for those damned hippies, we'd a won in Vietnam" now? Here's your longer war now buddies – and what is your explanation this time? We are trying your grand experiement at longer sustained warfare, and we still have nothing to show for it, just an exponential amount of mad Middle-Easterners running around screaming Jihad against the entire Western World. Great. Good job warmongers. Thanks a lot. Your outreach program is delightful.

    October 7, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Goog posting,Daniel.Thank you.

      October 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Sorry Daniel, I meant to say "good" posting instead of "goog" posting.

        October 7, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Flush1

    America needs to stop fighting the Zionists battles for them. Bring all the troops home and put them along the southern border to take out the cartels.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Just an opinion

    Huge enemy ARMY in Pakistan, thats where the fight is, bottom line. You won't find a larger congrigation of the little f-heads anywhere in the world. They would be about as big a threat as the Boy Scouts if you kill them all, there. Seriously, killing the enemy in Pakistan would cripple Al Qeada. Basic training, hospitals, ops centers, the nucleus of Al Qeada is there.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Just an opinion

    You really wanna know where the war went wrong. Tora Bora, when Bush allowed the whole Army of Taliban and Al Qeauda to escape. It got even worse when Chenney and his big CORPORATION HALLIBURTON invaded Iraq. Blind trust, yeah right. Keep feeding the bs boss. It dont take a genius to realize that eggs in the market make me more money then keepin um in the farm, right. You, Sir, should have sold the buisness when you came to office, should be a law. Another thing, Chenney needs to give all the money he made in Iraq to the parents, wifes, husbands and kids of the soldiers he murdered.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Tony

    Our gov't is using the war in iraq and afghistan to distract us from whats really goin on in this nation. and that is marshall law and take over by the gov't and eventually muslims.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Just an opinion (cont)

    Leave the soldiers out in the field for a week at a time, like the movie platoon. Patrol bases allow continued change; the enemy won't know where you sleep. Bring the fuel to them in the field, very easy, or only allow them on the base to refit. It makes it a bit harder to plan an elaborate attack when you change where you sleep every night. A human cannot have any escape from the fight. The soldiers go out on patrol with one goal in mind, getting back to the FOB and "COP". A soldiers home must be the war, no escape. Then the mind will shift from survival to winning. We have good leadership in Petraeus and Obama. A genius in Iraq and a honest man in office, hopefully they will get it done.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Logic

    Beam me up scotty, there's no intelligent life on this planet!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Nino

    How much longer are we going to keep policing the entire world; sending our young men to die? After Afghanistan, what's next? I've been through two wars myself and I ache in my heart every time I see a news item about some young men leaving their loved ones to fight some ungodly, bunch of f-*&^% because they can't get along among themselves and/or don't subscribe to our western ideologies...

    October 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Enlistment in the United States military is entirely voluntary, the young men who join our army know exactly what they are signing up for. And we police the world because organizations like the UN, who are supposed to be maintaining world peace, fail to do so effectively.

      October 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      How about when we're attacked? Do you want us to respond then, or should we do the Clintonesque thing by lobbing a couple cruise missiles at them and saying, "Please don't attack us again"?

      October 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  75. The Truth

    Good thing most of the people posting here were not giving advice to Washington or other historic leaders. We would have given up in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, WW I, WW II, Korea etc. Do you seriously think your comments about unable to win, we need to pull out now is doing anything but strengthening the resolve of our enemies? Each of you nay sayers need to ask yourself what have you done to help us win. If the answer is nothing than that is why we have not won yet. I served in the military and deployed to Iraq twice and continue to support our efforts in all areas were we are engaged in conflict, so again what have you done to help win (whining does not count)?

    October 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Brandon

    It is getting harder and harder to hear about these young men and women of the United States dying for this flaccid war. I understand that the Taliban rule with intimidation and fear, I do feel an ache in my heart for the people being oppressed and I wish for a peaceful middle east. The tactics that the US State department are obviously not working but their tactics do not seem to be changing. At some point the US needs to look after its self and its OWN people, it would be great if we could solve the worlds problems but we can not at the moment. I wish I could offer a solution to the problem but I can not at the moment, I do know that the US presence in the Middle East is not solving anything and no more American blood needs to be spilled for this "cause". Some times other countries just need to figure it out for them selves.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  77. RIchard Rove Chaney


    October 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      “You’re never beaten until you admit it.”

      October 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        There goes Phunnie boy again,belittling George Patton this time.He does this to me all the time as on can plainly see by all these stupid comments he keeps making under my name!

        October 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  78. bailoutsos

    Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...Shows how much you know. The Taliban didn't even EXIST in the 80s! @@@@
    ethnic Pashtun tribes -- Same tribes just new name.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      So now if you're a member of a Pashtun tribe, you're also the Taliban.
      I swear, every time you post you say something stupider. Stick to cutting & pasting headlines.

      October 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheDude

      EEEEEHHH (buzzer) Incorrect, they are all different tribes, most that have been rivals since the time of the bible. Taliban is a new group.

      October 7, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  79. LarryKegel(US Army)

    It just shows the taste of the Republicans... They know how to pick winners!!! Look who they have running for office...

    October 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      You mean like the republican in the office of the president? You know, the same guy who decided to finish the job in Iraq, keep GITMO open, and add troops to Afghanistan.

      October 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  80. bailoutsos

    Back in the early 80s, the Taliban were America's secret lover in Afghanistan. Guess the relationship went sour.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Cutting and pasting the same thing over and over doesn't make a falsehood right, now matter how many times you do it.

      October 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • TheDude

        You do know he's right though, the Taliban used to be a group of young freedom fighters, seeing how america was powerful compared to their region, they tried to make the region a democracy. But in their eyes, Afghanistan was a threat to this, due to them being constantly at war for the past 50 years. Then they decided to make it a democracy with violence, and they invaded Afghanistan, and then they put an iron curtain down, and were not really sure what happened, but when they came out, they were putting up extremist schools all over Pakistan, trying to keep having extremist babies, and out to get America (BAM 911 happened) Thats what happens when you have a foolish leader among the Taliban, if they had a wise leader, hey, perhaps they would have succeeded in a NOBLE campaign.
        And before any of you comment on this post saying thats wrong, I just looked it up online (cuz, you know, everything is right on the internet) just to prove you wrong, blah blah blah. Just know that thats is my understanding of what is happening, from first hand accounts, the book Three Cups of Tea, from my e-pal who LIVES OVER THERE. Cuz, youre always right even when the person you are saying is wrong is right. I just read the book, so please spare the negative comments and insults, and act mature. Because I do love a good debate.

        October 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Jay H. DFW

    Pakistan is faltering in the tribal territories, and Afghan tribal leaders are not going to allow give up. We need to exponentially increase the US and NATO presence there. This being said, we will have to deploy 250K to 300K troops to support this task and make an electric grid so intense that we could see a field mouse crossing the territories.
    To do this would cost only about $20 Billion year.
    Don’t forget to try and convert some 5 million tribal members to stop supporting terrorism.
    In other words.. Infiltrate, pay off, do anything to make this happen.

    IF not … Let’s support the troops who are fighting there. Support the soldier, not the war and get them out soon.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      That would be a lot less than the Iraq war that cost us 8 million a year!!!

      October 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Wow, 8 million a year? That's a bargain!

        October 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  82. paul


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    • LarryKegel(US Army)


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  83. Dave

    The unfortunate truth is that a large percentage of Americans are simply stupid. As such they are swayed by stupid adds by stupid politicians who have an agenda to either get rich, evangelize everyone in their path or free the world etc. Not many smart, intelligent people want to run for public office any longer, which was not the case back in the early days of our country. That, I believe, is our biggest problem. GWB, and Sarah Palin are perfect examples of that. They are both total idiots. Somehow Obama got into office with a relatively high IQ and he is trying to do the right thing while appeasing the idiots in congress and the mass numbers of stupid people who believe everything that Rush and Beck tell them. If there is any good reason to improve our school systems, this is it. Masses of stupid people elect more stupid people who make bad decisions and get us into wars with no way out. Remember we were deeply entrenched in this Afghanistan disaster when Obama took office. This is not Obama's Vietnam, this is GWB's Vietnam that Obama inherited. Obama must decide: Do I pull everyone out, declare a loss to a war I didn't start and take the hit for it. Or keep the troops in there fighting ghosts and I get to stay in office. Since he wants to actually do something other than start multiple wars as GWB did, he is going to let things ride in Afghanistan and try and get some other things done in the mean time. He really doesn't have a choice if he wants to do something to fix some of the damage that GWB did trashing the country for 8 years. The large percentage of the American population who are idiots will bring this country to its knees unless we fix the education system in this country. Otherwise the rest of the world will run over us and China or some Asian country will end up dominating the earth and we will become a has been, banana republic run by wanna be dictators, and right wing religious nut jobs who think that everything Christian (their sect only of course) is right and everything else is wrong , which we are getting dangerously close to now.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Obama did not start this war!!! It would have been over a long time ago if it wasn't for Bush... But occurs You would rather blame Obama for Bush's mess wouldn't You???

      October 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Unfortunately for you Dave, you are part of the large percentage of Americans whom you claim to be stupid. I can say this with certainty after reading only a small excerpt of your writing from your comment on CNN.com. You write a post about stupidity in America and you don't even have the decency to use proper grammer.

      Looking beyond your bad grammer, you further continue to offer nothing of substance throughout your entire meaningless ramble and endlessly share your opinions as if they were proven facts. Not all Americans are stupid. That would be known as a stereotype Dave, and people who are full of stereotypes are often labeled as dumb, uneducated, and full of hate. So next time, before you talk about how stupid all the people are around you, maybe you should look at just how stupid you are.

      And just so that I add a counteweight to your argument, may I point out that American colleges are the highest ranked in the world and that people from all over the world travel to be trained in an American environment. I can not imagine a person traveling to the United States for education if the instructors were all simply stupid. Have a good day Dave.

      October 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Dave, you certainly are an angry little turd, aren't you ?!?

      October 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • HermanC

      Congress just gave Defense a +$95 B RAISE for 2011, that's a +14% bonus, and more than TWICE what we spend TOTAL on Fed funds for US Education across the entire country, TWICE THAT, $95B, just for Defense's war profiteering BONUS!!

      October 7, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      speak for yourself!

      October 8, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Er spricht fur mich,Betruger! Viele danke,HermanC fur die Auskunft!

        October 9, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  84. George

    Americans are addicted to war. Military contractors are second only to Israel as a lobby group. Carter was the only US president who didn't prove himself by dropping bombs. And he's despised. Expanding the Afghan war was Obama's price for (slightly) reducing the Iraq occupation.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Right the Afghanistan war is going longer because we took Our Troops out of Iraq!!! They sounds legal to Me!!! (NOT)

      October 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Carter was a criminally weak sister who let a bunch of religious zealots hold our embassy and citizens hostage while he did nothing. Gee–I wonder if that emboldens other religious zealots to do the same thing...

      Had we a president with a backbone at the time, Iran would still be an ally and wouldn't currently be threatening the region with nuclear war!

      October 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Hey you Phunnie boy,I'll thank you not to use my name when you're touting Ronald Reagan. He was one of the worst Presidents we ever had and he never brought down the Iron Curtain.The local Communists did it themselves!

        October 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Good post,George.By the way,don't pay any attention to that right-wing nutjob who posted the above under my name!!!

      October 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  85. We are in Afganistan because of (9/11

    We went to war in Afganistan because Alkada (sp) ATTACKED America on 9/11/01! Let's not forget that! I'm canadian and we are only there to support our main ally; USA. If you guys are going to quit, then i wish you would have told us before we put our guys in harms way!

    October 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Actually we have no right to be in Afghanistan as 9/11 was more likely than not a C.I.A. put up job. At any rate,it gave us the perfect pretext to go over there.

      October 7, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Georgia Goad

        Sir, you have so many different views and jumped the fence so many times, I just don't beileve anything you say. Pick a side and stick with it.......GG

        October 13, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Duane W

        As yes, the "CIA did it" speech. I mean really, you think that the hundreds of Americans it would take to pull off a job that large and no one would speak up? Please your logic is flawed. You just cannot accept the fact that millions of people witnessed the towers being taken down by jet planes piloted by terrorists cowards who received pigs as their virgins.

        October 13, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • HermanC

      Neither the Taliban nor the Afghan people had anything to do with WTC 9/11, ... just as the motel operator who sold Tim McVeigh a room for the night had anything to do with the Oklahoma City bombing, and neither did the motel operator who sold Mossad the room for the night have anything to do with the WTC bombing ... oops, you're not ready for that I guess.

      October 7, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • HermanC

      I think you meant to say Alka-Seltzer attacked America, and I'm glad, but I think we need another Alka-Seltzer because our MIC.Gov is still grossly BLOATED, if they think we will give them another TRILLION DOLLARS and another TEN YEARS.

      October 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Thank you for your posts,HermanC. They are truly informative.

        October 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Georgia Goad

      Dear Canadian neighbor, I am proud of both our countries at this terrible time. It is too bad either one of us has to be in a war. Maybe this will come to an end for everyone suffering the ramifications of the middle east problems, peacefully, I hope. I know,a dreamer.......God Bless you all.....GG

      October 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  86. ted

    If you can't stand behind our troops ,please stand in front of them.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • HermanC

      George HW Bush demanded of SecDef Cheney a 'Cold War Dividend'. Cheney disobeyed and started IslamoWar [FACT]
      Americans never received Cold War Dividend because Cheney was busy creating America's 'New Pearl Harbor' [FACT]

      October 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Gopherit

    This war may be more over the Karzai-claimed $3 trillion of exploitable resources supposedly in Afghanistan than over anything ideological. The arms makers are making a mint. Obama seems to be stuck in the Geroge W. Bush war track. The war has become so ongoing that it has almost become a permanent part of life for Afghans, Pakistanis, and the U.S.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Yeah, right, Gopherit. Next you'll claim 9/11 was an inside job.

      October 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Very well put,Gopherit. By the way,I didn't post that stupid comment above as some bozo keeps on trying to make me look like an absolute idiot!

      October 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • HermanC

      Americans are willfully blind. Taliban came to the US in 1997 and met with Cheney's Big Oil buddies in Houston. [FACT]
      Cheney planned and prepared to execute invasion of Afghanistan set for October, 2001 and cleared with allies. [FACT]
      Cheney and his World Bank buddies wrote the Afghanistan Hydrocarbon and Minerals Laws in November, 2001 [FACT]
      USGS prepared preliminary estimates showing $500B worth of resources before Cheney put the troops back in. [FACT]
      USGS updated resource estimates to $1 TRILLION in 2007, as Cheney launched his Afghan 'surge' campaign. [FACT]

      October 7, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • kh

        If all of what your saying is true. What are you going to do about it? It's easy to "spread"the word. Where's the action?

        October 8, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Well posted,HermanC. Thanks for the information.

        October 9, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Jay James (JJ)

    Where is the perspective in the article? 2,100 US and Allied killed is a tragedy, but in the history of warfare there has never been 9 years of conflict with less casualties. Around 12,000 americans are murdered every year within the United States...over 90,000 since 9-11-01, but instead we sensationalize the 2,100 as some sort of extraordinary number? 35,000 vehicle related deaths inthe United States annually. Apply some perspective. When an extremist wants to kill an American, they travel to Iraq and Afghanistan and try to kill one of our service members; they do not come to the United States. Our service members are trained to protect themselves and defeat the threat, and by doing that on foreign land, they continue to protect America. It is the sensationalism without perspective that helps divide america.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • HermanC

      ...and in the entire history of warfare, no nation has ever spent ONE TRILLION DOLLARS, then had their SecDef stand up and say WE WILL ALWAYS BE AT WAR WITH ISLAM SO WILL OUR CHILDREN for ANOTHER TRILLION and ANOTHER TEN.

      October 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Tod

    Are people blind? Can you people not see that the region is like a wasteland in many areas? Somewhat like our deserts near the rocky mountains in Arizona. How do we expect to control these types of remote regions? Why are we trying to enforce control in regions where the governments cannot patrol? Look, WE CANNOT CONTROL EVERYONE EVERYWHERE! The people born in these remote locations may want to be free of government control...SO LET THEM BE FREE. This is all about getting control of the natural resources in these remote regions. It is about money, power and control of everyone, everywhere. Can you people not see this? We can never control those who do not want to be controlled. Look at North Korea, why aren't we busting down the door over there? How about Iran? When will you people learn that these indigenous people just want to live free without our interference. This is all about industrialism, just tell the truth for a change. This is why we go to war in these regions, commodities, resources, and GREED. Wake Up and tell the truth!

    October 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      That Catholic Religion sure is trying to control not only This Country but the World!!! They just don't like the compition of the Muslin that is the problem...

      October 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Yeah, right. Next you'll claim 9/11 was an inside job.

      October 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        It was in most probability that,Phunnie boy!!! There's a lot of evidence pointing that way!

        October 7, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      "When will you people learn that these indigenous people just want to live free without our interference."

      Is that why the Taliban organized the September 11th attacks? Because it would seem to me that if they simply wanted to live freely without our interference they wouldn't have decided it was prudent to kill thousands of our citizens. Now I'm sure the average Afghan did not want to start a war with the United States, but the Taliban clearly did.

      October 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tod

        I am not talking about the Taliban, it is the people who reside in these rugged areas that should be just left alone. It is like the wild west there anyway.
        To Matt..I have no proof of anything in the 9/11 attacks, but I do know someone, a personal friend, that was called around 5am on 9/11 and was told NOT to come to work. What does that say?? For sure it says someone knew about the attack before it happened. I cannot point fingers, because I do not have any proof of anything, nor do we have any proof, for 100% confidence, that Bin Laden orchestrated the 9/11 attack. The one thing I do know for sure is that we are all but a spec of dust in respect to the universe and many people seem to think it is centered around themselves. One good sized asteroid hits the Earth and 95% of the Earths population is gone. I really hate the fact that we have people on this planet that want to kill other people over money, territory, power, control, and resources. When will the majority of the human race just grow up and let each other live our short lives in peace and happiness. It's all about the immaturity in mentality and the lust for power and control for the neanderthals that think they are above everyone else. I think everyone should simply treat each other as they wish to be treated themselves and the world would be a much better place.

        October 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • HermanC

        "...Is that why the Taliban organized the September 11th attacks?..." What are you smoking, because I want to bogart it!!

        October 7, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        @Tod- Thanks for the info, maybe you can let us in on who killed Kennedy and brief us on the Aliens in Area 51 while you are at it.

        October 12, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew Deniek

      @ Tod: " Can you people not see that the region is like a wasteland in many areas? Somewhat like our deserts near the rocky mountains in Arizona." I learn two things from this statement: you don't know the geography of the Western United States whatsoever, and you don't live in Arizona. The rockies never enter Arizona, and our landscape here is anything but desolate. Much of the state is NOT desert; in fact, Arizona is home to the largest ponderosa pine forest in the world, and 27% of the state is forest

      October 7, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tod

        What I was referring to were areas like the La Sal mountains and canyon lands and the black mountains. The rockies come into Arizona on the northern part, I think its called the Grand Canyon where sediment flows from the rockies.

        October 7, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tod

        Then combine this with the southwestern corner of Arizona where less than 5 inches of rain fall per year. Then consider Afghanistan goes from hot in the summer to freezing cold in the winter.

        October 7, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • HermanC

      The trick is to tell the Big Lie, and repeat it over and over, until Americans believe we have always been at war with Islam.
      This is the Catholic Church's 11th Crusade, and they buggered Americans into paying for it, now that's pederasty LARGE!

      October 7, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Tyler

    Yeah... let's just pull out unilaterally, leaving a total lack of support and a vacuum of power for any terrorist regime to fill and just ignore the hotspot of Islamic terroism as it grows and festers... thats a brilliant idea.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • HermanC

      The hotspot is Alexandria, Virginia, where an entire CITY of 'intel' operators, 854,000 of them working in 1,270 new 'intel' hives that have sprung up in the Ring of Death around the Pentagon are doing, what? Planning for the SECOND TRILLION!! There are more 'intel' operatives in Alexandria (854,000) than all the police and sheriffs in the entire USA (770,000), but who is getting the +$95 BILLION +14% raise in 2011, and who is getting laid off by the 10,000s!?! Oil War Profiteering R US.

      October 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Papa Kilo 15er

    To ALL my brothers and sisters that are still in the conflict, especially my 2nd Marines, stay frosty, keep your six clear, and much love to ALL of you. Semper Fi.......

    October 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I ws talking with a Army National Guard Unit Sunday... They are going there in Dec. for the 4th tour!!!

      October 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        What, were you handing out pamphlets urging them to desert to Canada?

        October 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • HermanC

      12 tours and come home in a bhodi bag so the Oil Barons and War Profiteers can go for another TRILLION and TEN YEARS?

      October 7, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |


      October 12, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |