November 5th, 2010
01:56 PM ET

Afghanistan withdrawal could imperil US-India relations, McCain warns

If the United States leaves Afghanistan prematurely,
the subsequent destabilization in the region will impose a "huge bearing" on relations between the United States and India, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the
top Republican on military matters, warned Friday.

"Afghanistan has become a major source of tension between the United States and India, for the primary reason that India does not believe we will stay until the job is done," McCain said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The senator, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Service committee, has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's plan to begin drawing down troops in July 2011, saying it is a signal to the Taliban of U.S. departure.

McCain warned that if the United States leaves Afghanistan before positive conditions can be reached and maintained on the ground, the consequences will not only be troublesome for the United States, but even worse for India, "which will have a terrorist safe haven on its periphery."

Such a move would deepen India's reliance on Russia and Iran, McCain posited, and demonstrate to India that the United States is both a declining
power and an unreliable partner.

The U.S. policy toward Pakistan has huge implications for America's relations with India as well, McCain said.

He warned that some members of Pakistan's army and intelligence service continue to support terrorist groups, largely because they believe that America will withdraw prematurely from Afghanistan, which pushes the Pakistani military to hedge its bets.

McCain credited "good luck and extraordinary restraint, especially on India's part" as the reasons why the Pakistani military's behavior has has not proved catastrophic for the country.

"But if, God forbid, our luck runs out, I don't know if restraint will be an option, either for India or for us," he said.

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  1. LarryKegel(US Army)

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    November 15, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. unshackled

    Bharat since time immemorial has accepted people, idea from all who took shelter. It is very clear how your kind treated other faiths, like Zorostrians in Persia, now in Afpak. People like you have cornered themselves in rem0te regions of AfPak with their vile beliefs and practice. Build bridges that is where your strength should be, be a productive citizen.

    November 8, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      For your kind information everything is recycled, this incl. the air you breath, the food you eat and specially the water you drink, do not forget it get recycled from the same gutter you pee. Your vile ideas are stinking, it shows how low you can stoop to prove your stupid mind.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      How about your kind "gulping warm camel dung", "drinking camel urine", check google (rense dot com), there are facts about everything we do. And a 360 degree like you is called a filthy bigot mean moron. Educate yourself, you seems to have the gutter perspective called madrasa.

      November 9, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Green Hornet

    This John McCain is nothing but a pathological liar and anybody who believes anything he says need to have their head examined. He still believes that we had a right to be in Vietnam whereas anybody with half a brain knows otherwise.The fact that he gets reelected shows the ignorance of the people in Arizona!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. iamhk

    why are u always criticizing hinduism?..i can't understand what u talking about hindus spreading religion..hinduism was the only religion that was spread across afghanistan,pakistan, and all of asia one time. Buddhism had been originated from hinduism. It was the muslim rulers who compelled and changed most of the people to islam while destroying most of the the thousand years of existence India have never ever evaded any country...and that the Kashmir was acceded to India by then the Kashmir ruler and not conquered by India..also kashmir was a hindu majority state. There where many kashmiri pandits who have been discriminated and assaulted by evading muslim rulers from outside..hence they flee that area..Before talking too much i recommend u to please study the history briefly and not discriminate or insult any religion...and in my knowledge islam doesn't encourage discrimination against any other religions.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    Republican US Senator John McCain is not only spewing a misinformed viewpoint, it is entirely incorrect. The ongoing War in Afghanistan is largely a Proxy War between Pakistan, the Karzai Government in Afghanistan and India's interest with the Karzai Government building the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline to New Deli, India. India and Pakistan are primary powers that need to sit down and discuss a fair and honest peace treaty with the Karzai Government.

    What has directly imperiled US-INDIA relations has been Republican lawmakers like John McCain pouring BILLIONS of free American taxpayer dollars into Pakistan who see's India as their enemy and those same US Billions feeding The Taliban fighters murdering American troops in Afghanistan and working to destabilize nearby India.

    November 7, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Quite true,Smith. You said it all.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. John

    This John McCain really scars me to death with his warnings about getting out of Afghanistan,LOL! There's a bridge in Brooklyn,NY I'd like to sell to anybody who believes anything he says!!!

    November 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Asad

    Dindy..... let me tell you the international community are in Afghanistan to protect their Owen interest first then help Afghan people. they really help the afghan people, but helping start so late they should help them when Russian left the country not now. man politics is so complicated politics = interest

    November 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy..... are absolutely correct here 🙂 How nice it would have been. Hope it will work this time. praying every day for your country as I did for mine too. We had war 30 years. I know your country had the most. Now it is peaceful here. Just the economy must grow. But we are surviving. According to today"s post I saw Afghan people are with Aid workers and starting micro projects. Hope these kind of projects will last longer and will have a stable government and more freedom and peace with the help of prayers.!! Do not give up Hope !

      November 8, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Che

    McCain added the word prematurely to the first sentence to soften it up. He actually meant "ever" not prematurely.

    November 7, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. unshackled

    Islam is subdued specially its political agenda in India, Urdu which is corrupted form of Hindi is no more spoken by our people. We have changed lots of Islamic naming city and there are very few left, which will eventually renamed to reflect our 5000 years of culture. Keep off us with your 360 degree agenda, it had done enough damage in middle age, not any more. Instead join your kind like Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Saudi Arabia. Middle east is your place, leave our land which was once Saptha Sindhu, Punjab reflecting our continuous history since 5000 years or more. Your kind has no political space nor will ever allow to practice in this blessed land. By the way Kabul was named Kubha and Afghanistan was named such and means Ashwa Gana sthan "land where horses dwell" in Sanskrit. You losers have kept few reminiscent of it and claim your own using 360 degree stupid logic. Once they realize they will turn against you, or is happening already.

    November 7, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      Who came to India trying to enslave us, do you have any instance where we occupied your land? You are bidding your dirty logic to the last dime courtesy your Arab masters. Not worth reading your argument.

      November 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • unshackled

        We all get info about remote people in Arab as melecha, Greece as Yauvanas, people of current Balkh as Bahlika, Kambojas Gandhara from North Afghan, Greece as Yavanas, Sakas for Scythian people from north Persia, Madra, Shalya, and many more. They all point to region I mentioned above. The epicenter of Vedic religion seems to be current Pakistan, East Afghanistan and western India very close to where river Saraswati flowed ie current day Rajasthan. Our ancient cities are Kashi, Rishikesh, Prayag and sangam where 3 river meets is very sacred. Nothing to do with Mishr or outside our beliefs.

        November 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      Go cleanup your filth filled faithful, who are induced with 360 degree filth and started endless fight in their own pursuit instead of working for betterment of humanity. These thugs are above your Imam, mullah or cleric, no one can open their mouth openly against them. Only then I will try to reveal true knowledge of Hinduism which is Sanatan and blessed to be eternal. We have wealth of knowledge and can never be stolen, that is how we survived under your on slaughter.

      November 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      Give me one reason of our association with ancient Mishr, nothing right unless you bring in your stupid 360 degree approach. We have a language which is unique, nothing in common with middle east certainly not with Mishr. What you are talking does not make sense. Sanskrit is ancient and mother of many languages across globe, they root is firm in Bharat.

      November 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      We all get info about remote people in Arab as melecha, Greece as Yauvanas, people of current Balkh as Bahlika, Kambojas Gandhara from North Afghan, Greece as Yavanas, Sakas for Scythian people from north Persia, Madra, Shalya, and many more. They all point to region I mentioned above. The epicenter of Vedic religion seems to be current Pakistan, East Afghanistan and western India very close to where river Saraswati flowed ie current day Rajasthan. Our ancient cities are Kashi, Rishikesh, Prayag and sangam where 3 river meets is very sacred. Nothing to do with Mishr or outside our beliefs..

      November 7, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      Some loonies with no basis would have derived conclusion. But the fact remains all humans came from Africa and that is fact which is more than million years ago. Rest of settled culture have no connection except trade which is very very rare compared to modern times. All crap and no basis, do not quote them ti justify your theory.

      November 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      Hitties who were earlier culture in Iron Age Turkey and Persians had some contact with Mishr. But that its it, Mithraism which spread from India went as far as Ireland and was prevalent in Greece and Rome (ref. famous Roman coliseum, underneath they discovered status of Mithra) predated Christianity. As per Veda Mithra was born on 3rd day of winter solstice which falls around Dec 25th. There are many many such proven facts, nothing that is proven resembles what you say.

      November 7, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      Your theory is based on Najam Sethi and his vile thoughts. Crap not worth a dime.

      November 7, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      As per our purana, Lord Krishna has been described with Sanskrit meaning as black complexion. Nothing to do with Persian word. You are trying to construe the meaning from similar sounding word from Persia. Absolutely nothing to do with it. In Vedas too the word means black. It is very clear how you brain decodes with likes of Najam Sethi, who was mentioning his Egyptian origin and others like Zaid Hamid, who can use his vile brain to construe such connection. We have preserved Vedas so you cannot fool or trick us into believing such connection.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      You have again used your vile logic to extend Native Indians in America to link with us. The name purely comes from fact that new land discovered was assumed to be India courtesy Arab traders who wanted to prevent Eur0peans from doing direct trade with India and China aka silk route. The back is broken and we get goods and services with no cut from Ar@b middlemen. Pure and simple. Might be this nightmare is making you rewrite history on your terms which is vile.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      You are using unrelated commonality to construed connection to various civilization using your perverted logic.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. unshackled

    Forget Hindus, even India Muslims do not trust you the so called Pak from land of "SATAN". The writing is very clear, we in India do not trust any one from that land. Kashmir might be an excuse by you but your cuts will be more dastardly than you assume will bleed us. Got it no, enjoy.

    November 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      Those days are gone of winning other land by sword and converting them using trick and vi0lence. Kashmir will never be yours, check how long you can survive with begging bowl (aid from US and Saudi oil). It is the same minority thugs who are creating problem for partly finance purpose and part with your 360 degree religion. Can you guess how you eliminated our coreligionist?

      November 7, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      We have glimpses of your faith during Mughal rule courtesy Hakikat Rai also how Persian language was forced on the population by the ruler, how conveniently they replaced our proud ancient language called Sanskrit. The only link we had with Persia was during Zoroastrian days, we had similar hymns as Vedic and culture, not any more. Now you call some of us Persian, how mean. By that stretch can I call you emulating Arabi?

      November 7, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. unshackled

    Never ever will India be under Islamic caliphate, did you understand no. Get lost, not in a millennium will that ever happen. We do not have anything to do with Islamic crap. Get alone and be isolated in your deeds and its consequences. Paki"satan" should join middle east and your natural partners are Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and not in South Asia. Get out of Asian if you have any shame.

    November 6, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • unshackled

      I can talk similar about your prophet, calling other faith and demeaning our God. We do not have anything to do with Persia either nor Egypt. The concept of one God by Abrahamic faith was stolen from Egypt during pharaoh days and you are talking about our culture deep rooted in local belief and land and its people since at least 5000 years. You instead got imported one I can say using sword and trick and now you are so brainwashed to start behaving like "Holier than thou". Keep that belief within you, the more you take it out the more it looks awkward.

      November 7, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Luis

    Wow! It is amazing how far off topic we can get in a heartbeat. LOL!
    Let's get back to Afghanistan and McCain's comments... McCain's perspective on the world is based on the premise that our presence in Afghanistan for another 10 years or more will change the outcome (remember Vietnam when the French told us not to get involved? remember the Russians in Afghanistan? – they also told us to stay out) the reality is that the US will never 'win' this war, because one side – the Afghans, have no time-line set to end the fighting, while we have. They fight with no rules, while we still believe that we can fight them using conventional methods.
    Here we are building tanks, and war heads, and looking for a country-against-country fight, while our enemies try to attack us using hand-made bombs disguised in printers.
    Does anyone believe that there would be an United States nation if the people that immigrated here asked the French to fight England on our behalf? of course not. Change happens from within. We can force our 'values' or 'culture' on Afghan and feel good about it, but the bottom line is that the Afghans don't want our change, therefore our efforts will fail.
    To address the McCain's fears we should focus on stabilizing Pakistan, and possibly defend some strategical posts in Afghan. Democracy in Afghanistan? what a dream!
    And my fellow countrymen, please stop being manipulated by the fear factor instilled by politicians. They use it because they know it has worked in the past (remember the justification to go to Iraq?), and also and mainly because they have no real rationale to justify their rhetoric.

    November 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. craig sanes

    I'm sorry but I just read a lot these comments and still have no idea WHAT they were about; somewhere between moderately informed to new ministry. Did anyone other than Bangash follow the conten?

    Anyway, despite some of the more poor choices of affiliations in his recent past, and, unfortunately, his age, Mcain does have an understanding of the situation. Or, perhaps, that understanding ( and it is more likely ) comes from his immediate advisors. Either way, it is exactly the situation where premature withdrawl of US forces from the region will have long term consequences that will not only detrimentally affect the region, but, our global interests also. In the preferable abscence of intervention, without a reliable infrastructure, Afghanistan would only continue to grow as the regions number one vestibule for informal trade routes that practically collapsed the Pakistan economy in 99. We have irretrievable connections there. Like or not we are no longer a world of isolated, nor any longer potentially isolated nations. Its a global world for us all.

    November 6, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Asad

    most you people comment about Afghanistan you do not have deep information about this country it is good to stay calm and don't talk about it. we afghans spent 250 years in fighting we can not have peace in one day or in 10 years. it is not a matter of religion fighting Muslim and non-Muslim before we were alone. but we fight between each other there r several aspects why we r fighting different ethnic group one always wants to stay in the top Pakistan interference in Afghanistan and other countries, luck of education and justice, luck of economical development, and every country want to make Afghanistan the battle filed to prefer their Owen interest. we used to be a very hospitable a peaceful country, but other big powers destroyed us.

    November 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy..... is good to see your post. I have not seen or being in your country. But I have read books and keep reading every day on CNN news about your country. Please tell ...are they happy with Taliban ruling your country? It is true foreign troops are there. Yet aren't they there for a fare reason? That is to fight against al-qaeda with your country support. At the same time to give your country better schools and other benefit.

      November 7, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. dwow

    who cares what they think! we should be worried about israel...

    November 6, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      As I said you know nothing of Jesus, He does not condemn the sinner as you do, He forgives them as they have faith that He is the son of God and Savior of the world! Yes the Messiah! Your truth of 360 degrees is useless without the Holy Spirit which is not within you nor is Jesus Christ or God which completes the trinity and your prophet also is without them because he had no faith that Jesus was and is the Messiah or Savior of the world!

      November 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      And after His resurrection He was with His disciples and many others for forty days and Thomas one of the twelve disciples had said he would not believe it until he put his hand into His pierced side and he did and believed that it was He!

      November 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |

    JOHN McCAIN SEEs the things from Bush eyes and what he says today is known to all in this region, known as Pakistan and Afghanistan. He sees that America is fastly loosing grounds in Afghanistan and Pakistan therefore the only option is India to maintain presence in this region. John McCain should know that Indian rulers are not stupid like the one in Pakistan or Afghanistan. Indian first see their own interests as was the case during the cold war when they joined USSR rejected US offer for friendship. Same they will do today as for them their own motherland is first priority while for rulers in Pakistan and Afghanistan, America and American global strategic interests are always priority No 1. No doubt at this stage India badly need proving herself the most sincere friend of USA in war on terror so that in this way they could turn Americans against Pakistan which has in fact stopped Indians advancement towards central Asian states. So this new friendship between India and USA MAY PROVE A FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF USA IN THIS REGION.

    November 6, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  17. Dindy.....

    My God never have told me to blast others although I had lots of trouble from people who are in other faith. Yet God himself punished them and spared me from every danger.

    November 6, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  18. Dindy.....

    Man who is a creation of God must look into God ..then God will not abandon them.

    November 6, 2010 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  19. Dindy.....

    Richard....I agree when you say to protect US. yet bombing heel out of everything is not good Richard. US troops went there to destroy al -queda with Afgan support. If it does not work of course no need to stay. yet should not bomb the whole place.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Richard

    I think that we should stop caring what other countries think and pull out of Afghanistan entirely but not before we bomb the hell out of everything. That would make sure to leave an imprint on people not to mess with us. We should start worrying about our own country. Another thing It's amazing how Afghanistan news has become just a little icon you press on the cnn page. The US and its thirty minute attention span is killing me. But everyone continue to worry about the next episode of Dexter, or will I be able to go out and party this weekend. What we need is to whip our selves back into a proud nation that other nations can look up to and not look on to for help.
    Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.

    November 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    No one wants to hear your bull crap and we all know that without the trinity you will not walk through the gates of heaven, so talk your crap to someone who cares!

    November 5, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Without the Holy Spirit you will have never known Jesus and/or His purpose here on earth and surely without knowing Jesus you have never known the Father! And I will tell you again in the end He will tell you to go away I never knew you!

      November 5, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Danin lafayette, Elijah was taken to heaven when he was going in that chariot.

      November 5, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        If you read the new testament Jesus states that heaven has been overtaken by forceful people, but He also states that His words will never pass away and He said that there will be a new heaven and a new earth and He will descend down upon it on a new Jerusalem to begin His 1000 year reign!

        November 6, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Overtaken probably by truth of 360 degrees, but their end is near!

        November 6, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        As I said you know nothing of Jesus, He does not condemn the sinner as you do he forgives them as they have faith that He is the son of God and Savior of the world! Yes the Messiah!

        November 6, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      The spirit of truth was the Holy Spirit that he told His disciples that it/He dwell with them and will be with them when He is gone! He never told His disciples that another will be born in the truth of the spirit!

      November 7, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  22. Jesse Cook

    Now John McCain has me shaking in my shoes. We must pay close attention to him,he's never wrong!!!

    November 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      John McCain never wrong,Jesse??? You must be kidding!!! Anyone with half a brain knows that he's never right. This obnoxious war needs to end and soon!!

      November 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        Very well put,Dan. Thank you.

        November 5, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |

    Now that just scares me to death! If John McCain said,it must be true, LOL!!! What do they take us for???

    November 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |