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September 24th, 2009
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We Listen – Your comments 9/24/09

Editor's Note: Thursday’s American Morning audience commented on the possible troop buildup in Afghanistan. Recognizing the dilemma President Obama faces with this war, some defended Mr. Obama’s decisions to-date, asking why the Bush administration and Republicans didn’t finish the 7 1/2 year war on their watch. General McChrystal received support for his assessment that more troops were needed in Afghanistan.

  • Joan: When you interview people regarding the Afghan war strategy or any security issue, you should state their political leaning before they speak because that greatly influences their viewpoint. A case in point is Fran Townsend who gives security briefings. She is so negative about anything that is going on now but she worked for Pres. Bush so that is predictable. Also, who leaked the general's report from the pentagon? That person should be fired. Please ask any of the Republican pundits, journalists, etc. who are criticizing Pres. Obama's handling of the Afghanistan war why they didn't finish this war off years ago? For 7 1/2 years they dropped the ball on Bush's first war and instead focused on Iraq which had NOTHING to do with 911. Pres. Obama is trying to clean up another mess left by the last administration. The NATO countries who were left out to dry there know that and appreciate Pres. Obama’s pragmatism and common sense. If the Republicans who are now so critical had all of these great ideas why didn't they use them during the last 7 1/2 years?
  • Tom: CNN's misrepresentation of General McChrystal's analysis of the war in Afghanistan is deeply disturbing. Within the first few paragraphs of his assessment, General McChrystal states, and I quote, "Success is achievable, but it will not be attained simply by trying harder or ‘doubling down’ on the previous strategy. Additional resources are required, but focusing on force or resource requirements misses the point entirely. The key take away from this assessment is the urgent need for a significant change to our strategy and the way that we think and operate." Making General McChrystal out to be a simpleton who simply wants to funnel more troops into Afghanistan is inexcusable and certainly poor journalism.
  • Judi: It amazes me when you, John, don't have a question to that man who said we need to fight in Afghanistan? And then we could win if we provide the resources. What resources?????? Our budget for War is overspent in Iraq. The military is over worked. Where are the fresh troops going to come from? We can't protect people from themselves. They have to stop the Taliban's control. Keep Al Qaeda on the run. Terrorists are our modern day Mobsters. We have a more serious problem with White Supremacist terrorists here in the USA. Should we send troops to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan where the terrorists are?

What do you think about a troop buildup in Afghanistan?


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Mr.Costa (Canadian)

    AN OUTSIDER LOOKING IN.
    Your President is great man and if you would only open your eyes you would all see what hes doing for you. He has a good heart and wants to do the right thing, but to much political pussy footing keeps him at bay. Your country needs to pull out and take care of its internal wounds before it fights a war that is meaningless. i hear this morning 2 people saying you need 40-45,000 troops more than the 50,000ish you have now, and to make the comments 'Do we need to change the mission?' if you can so freely change your mission as to who and why your attackign them. The so called biggest and greatest country in the world that has a military budget of world dominating purportion. A currupt goverment who does not care about the people that they walked on to get to were they are. Mr.Obama show the world what it means to be american and florish in this catastrophy you'v inherited. to america, The Goverment should be afraid of its people, not its people afraid of its goverment.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:49 am |
  2. Brad Galka

    I understand why people in America oppose the war. It is terrible. Our soldiers are dying every day fighting a battle that we don't seem to know how to win. That being said, I still think it's the right decision to send more troops. We all know what the taliban are like. They would kill themselves are countless numbers of their own people to further there goals. These people are downright evil and should by no means be allowed to regain power. Saddly this outcome is sure to be realized if we leave this country behind. Without our presence in Afganistan the taliban will, beyond a doubt, take back control over the country and revert it to the oppresive state it was in ten years ago. This is unacceptable. It is not only our duty as a free, powerfull and humanitarian nation, but our duty as citizens of the world to prevent this from happening. President Obama needs to stop making his decisions based soley upon public opinion and start making the right decsions based on what is best for everyone in the longrun.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  3. George J.

    I respect our president very much and I think that he deserves a lot of of respect. But for schools to get children to praise him as a devine leader is going a little too far.

    September 28, 2009 at 6:51 am |
  4. Fred Nielsen

    Just an observation, Canada never had one bank failure & our housing market did not collapse.
    We have Goverment regulations that stop the kind of shenanigans that happened with the American banks & morgage system. Sometimes regulations are a good thing.
    Also the TSE our main stock exchange is only off by 7% from the period before the collapse. We have hard hit areas in Canada mostly due to the Automobile & Oil industry as well as a slow down in construction.
    Why everyone is so afraid of regulations is beyond me, the greedy at the top of the manure pile need to be held in check.
    Regulations do not make me a Socialist, they just help to protect me from the greediest. I think it is good to have some regulations.

    September 27, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  5. Fred Nielsen

    Dear Americans;
    The health Insurance companies are spending $1.4 million a day lobbying against the public option, These are $ collected from you to provide you with health care. Do you really believe that your best interest is what they have in mind when they spend a half billion dollars a year to buy politicians instead of someone's medical care.
    Wake up & smell the coffee you are being screwed royally by the insurance companies & Health care system & you sit back & say you don't want Government interference in your health care system. You deserve what you get (or don't get actually) when it comes to health care. Get out & support the Public option or die when you are denied coverage & care.
    Signed, A Canadian who just doesn't get it.......Fred

    September 27, 2009 at 1:05 am |
  6. Cecil Gover Jr.

    Has anyone heard about the world health organization,the un and the U.S. food and Drug administrations' complicity in enforcing the codex allimentarious rules for making nutritional freedom (EFFECTIVE VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS ILLEGAL) effective December 31,2009.For more information google codex allimentarious or vitamin ban.But this probably won't get posted on this blog and if it is,it won't stay for long.

    September 26, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  7. Zenaida

    At the risk of simplifying, I believe that we should not send any more troops to Afghanistan. This will only escalate the conflict. There is a physical law that says that "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." It may seem righteous in our eyes, but we are on foreign ground, battling a culture we do not understand. More importantly, the Bible instructs us to love our enemies and there is a very good reason for that: love is much more powerful than hate. If we love, are not aggressive, there is little reason for another to attack us. Since evil is in the world (in us and them), there is a good possibility the enemy will attack, but we then will have righteousness and God on our side. Even if some do not believe in God, the principles still apply. I hope I made myself sufficiently clear.
    Thank you for the opportunity to give input.

    September 25, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  8. greg

    Unfortunately President Bush lied us into the Iraq war and took the resources for the Afgan war into Iraq instead of finishing the legitimate war. The Iraq war went so badly, 8 years later the American public is tired of the wars and would like to rebuild the US, not the Middle East.

    As for General McChrstal, A war general is always going to tell you things are dire and they need more resources, that's his job.

    Time to let the Afgans figure how to fix their own problems, we certainly have enough of ours right here in the good ole US of A.

    September 25, 2009 at 6:51 am |
  9. eliz wolfgang

    This is just a comment about why the Terrorist Cells keeps popping up here in the good old US of A:

    The Terrorists realize that we, in America, are so hateful towards BO, the President, that we cannot see what is happening in front of us. All we see in America is Black against White. This is the Terrorist Time. Why not? We are weak and we blame others for our weakness. Shame on you America.

    On Afghanistan: Do Not send anymore troops. Forget about winning; forget about the people and forget about their leadership. This country is based on tribal teachings and leanings. All they care about is the "poppy fields". McCrystal needs to blow up everythins, not just their poppy fields and anybody that gets in the way...oh well,... this is WAR.. The People are just casualties of WAR.

    Once this is done, Leave their country to them because they do not care about their own people, and about the so-called leaders that they elected into office.

    September 25, 2009 at 6:36 am |
  10. Lou

    On the video, save the "boobs". Men also have "boobs", but in the rudimentary state. Men have the female chromosome in us also, that is why men have nipples.
    Please read Gray's Anatomy text by Henry Gray. F.R.S. page- 1038, subject- THE MAMMARY GLANDS.

    September 24, 2009 at 4:21 pm |