December 3rd, 2010
03:24 PM ET

U.S. senator favors permanent Afghan bases

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham tells a "startled" Eliot Spitzer that he wants U.S. bases in Afghanistan "in perpetuity."

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    December 8, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joe Pinner

    Senator Graham...let the potty-mouthed, party-lining, heathens roar. I so appreciate your not being a party-liner whereby you voice your convictions which I truly feel are with our best interests in mind! May not always agree at first but you usually convince me through your reasoning. Peggy and I send our warmest wishes for your having the merriest of Christmases and hope to see you around the block. Joe

    December 6, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      Thanks Joe,we need more people like you. I feel the same way. YABBA-DABBA-DOO!!!

      December 6, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        Not me,Johndro!

        December 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        You bet,Pfunnie boy!!!

        December 7, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....


        December 8, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jessica

    I am only posting once and will most likely never check back to read any replies to my post. This man must have never known the deep feeling of longing that comes along with your loved one being deployed to Afghanistan. He must not know the heavy feeling in your stomach as you watch your husband climb aboard a bus heading to the airport on his way to fight a war. Or the feeling of hopelessness knowing that no matter how badly you want to you can not run out and stop your husband from leaving to fight a war. He must not know what it feels like to wait months for a five minute phone call just to hear that your spouse is alive. He must not know the feeling of anxiety that races through your entire body every time you see a news story of a marine being killed or when you receive a knock at your door. My husband is currently fighting in the most dangerous area of Afghanistan and his unit has already lost too many men. Only four months after we were married he was forced to leave for Afghanistan. He has been there a few short months and is already a completely different person. I absolutely do not support this man's stance. I understand his reasoning but I believe that he is completely misguided in his stance. My husband and his brothers are in Afghanistan to do a job that they were assigned, not one of those men agreed to serve at a permanent base in Afghanistan. I say let our troops come home and be with their families again. I say support our own country, not another's.

    December 4, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • fatavoice

      JASSICA being a human being I understand your feelings and your sincerity to your country but if you knew that your husband has been sent to Afghanistan for the killing of innocent Afghans and in this meaningless war many precious lives have been lost and many on their way and in return earning just hate of the people of this region despite investing billions of dollars and loosing hundreds of lives. All these present policies of USA are in fact against USA therefore things should be seen in realistic way therefore call your husband back as this war is going to destroy USA not Afghanistan(already destroyed) and urge your Govt to utilize these billions of dollars for the welfare of Americans for some comforts in their lives. This can be the best way to serve your cou.ntry

      December 5, 2010 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        Well said,fatavoice. Some people's ignorance is just unshakable. This obnoxious war needs to end.

        December 5, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spiro T.Agnew

      Thank you,Jessica. We need people like you to vote for fools like my buddy Lindsey Graham so we can continue this war and keep as many troops as possible in Afghanistan indefinately.

      December 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ernie Beatty

        Who told you to make fun of my buddy Spiro? I'll put bullshine up your hinney you creep!!!

        December 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Jessica.....we can understand what you say. will the superiors here our cry for our loved once? I have no one to tell mine and sitting and typing ,praying as much as I can. My son went to military too without my permission. My pressure is gone down from worrying over him and others. May lord hear our cry and bring us out from this situation. They can support Afghanistan from out side now rather than fighting inside. Afghan government and forces should handle the problem with Taliban.

      December 7, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Spiro T.Agnew

    Lindsey Graham is a man after my own heart. If it wasn't for the stupidity of the voters,neither one of us would have been voted into office! For us,ignorance truly is bliss!!!

    December 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      First of all the pharisees had nothing to do with the Bible and second they had ruled ruthlessly by the law against the sick and poor who they thought were determined by God to be destined to be unholy and were treated as such by the pharisees. This is the reason why God came as the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary, to show the pharisees how wrong they were. Also because He was fed up with all the sacrifices the Jews were doing for the sins they committed and He was going to give Himself for the final sacrifice for everybody's sins. And without that faith your like a lost lamb or as for you a snake!

      December 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Paul who was Saul a pharisee was a reborn CHRISTIAN! He had written most of the new testament not any Pharisee! He was persecuted himself by the pharisees!

      December 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Jesus never fought against anybody and taught the things Paul also preached. Jesus was the one who turned Saul into Paul the reborn Christian! When he(Saul)was on his way to Damascus to persecute and arrest the Christians there Jesus had Blinded him for a little while and asked him why he was persecuting His followers and he then became a reborn Christian! No more did he follow the pharisees who followed the laws of God BUT HAD NO CARE FOR HUMANS THEMSELVES JUST LIKE YOURSELF!

      December 6, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ronvan

    Argue & comment all you want. Things are NOT going to change until WE wake up and take control of our "elected children" & the MIC, and FORCE them to stop this mess! Obviously Graham has some interest in the war to continue, or he is mentally unstable! With ALL the problems Americans have right now we do not need to even be thinking about building any military bases, anywhere, let alone in countries that do not want us there!

    December 4, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Extremely well put,ronvan. Thank you.

      December 4, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Sanity

        I totally agree. Thank you both.

        December 4, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jesse Cook


        December 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      ronvan..agree .

      December 9, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Cut the mumbo-jumbo,DUBBYA. You know better than that!

    December 4, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      December 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Hey Pfunnie boy,SHUT UP!!!!!

      December 5, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      December 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Why not???

      December 6, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      December 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |


    December 4, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      I totally agree with you,BANGASH. What makes me angry is that this bozo who keeps on blogging his sick jokes about this obnoxious war under my name,although having been reported over and over again to CNN,continues to blog in here. What I am saying is,if they don't censor this sicko why should they censor anyboby else???

      December 4, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Sanity

        Think you're mad,Bledsoe? Not half as mad as I am. That same creep you're talking about called me a Communist in a previous post and I don't take that from anybody. If I ever run across this bozo,I'll have him laughing out of his derriere!!!

        December 4, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
      • atal


        December 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        Right atal,Sen.Lindsey Graham is certainly that and so are the people who vote for him.

        December 4, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • atal

        You are all like a bunch of gossiping old women.

        December 5, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sanity

        Hey,you're the creep who called me a Communist in your previous post,blogging under the name of Bledsoe. If I ever run across you,I'll have you laughing out your other end you yellow creep!!!

        December 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sanity

        Hey fake Sanity, stop using my name, make up your own.

        December 6, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |


    December 4, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • atal

      Dont be so pretentious, this is CNN not a speech on the lawn at the white house.

      December 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |


    ha ha

    December 4, 2010 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    If need be to keep your fanatical Muslim brothers under control so be it. What are friends for?

    December 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      True friendship is one that is willing to give his life to save another, your cult of 360 degrees just takes lives not caring about who they are, just as long as they are not part of your cult!

      December 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      What are you saying now? God is Jesus? Do you change as the wind blows?

      December 4, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Any group of people that uses any religious metaphors but includes any crimes, such as suicide bombings or killings of any kind is called a cult!

      December 4, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      That's OK when the time comes and you cry out to HIM HE will tell you go away I never knew you! He said that He and the Father are one and He is the Holy Spirit! Without His resurrection the Holy Spirit could not come and help His followers during the early days of the Christians right after his ascension to heaven! You can make up all the lies about Jesus and who he was but as He said you shall know! And trying to call Muhammad the comforter when all that Islam has done was to create wars even between your Muslim brothers is just as bad as calling bin Laden a peace maker!

      December 4, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gary Johndro

    Lindsey Graham,you're my man.YABBA-DABBA-DABBA-DABBA-DABBA-DOO!!!!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Can you cut the right-wing mumbo-jumbo? It gets awfully old!

      December 7, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lennybaby

    This Senator Lindsey Graham turns my stomach upside down but at least he pulls no punches about our occupying Afghanistan and why we're over there.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      December 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jesse Cook


        December 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kerry

        I wish to kingdom come that both of you would just shut up since neither one of you are funny!

        December 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 6, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsey Graham

      That's funny,I thought that this post was supposed to be about me,not some comedy contest.Gee Whiz!

      December 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Sorry Lindsey,it appears that a couple of jerks dicided to usurp this post for their personal amusement. But you can still express your right-mumbo-jumbo whenever you lke although I strongly disagree with it!

        December 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        My apologies again,Lindsey. I meant to say right-wing mumbo-jumbo instead right-mumbo-jumbo since you're wrong about everything anyway. Of course we shouldn't keeps troops in Afghanstan since we had no business sending them there in the fist place!!!

        December 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        Of course Lindsey,Dan is right and anybody with half a brain would know it. Our troops don't belong in Afghanistan,period!!!

        December 5, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jesse Cook


        December 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kerry

        Here we go again!!!

        December 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |