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December 14th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Bigger IEDs threaten troops

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen arrived in Kabul earlier today for a series of meetings with the Afghan government on the president's new war strategy.

Meanwhile, here at home, President Obama is rejecting criticism that he shouldn't have said he'd begin to draw down some of the 30,000 new troops to Afghanistan by the summer of 2011.

For the 30,000 additional troops headed to Afghanistan, the fight is a lot more complex than just good guys versus bad guys. Our Barbara Starr traveled to eastern Afghanistan for this AM original report.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Military
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Joe

    What we need is decisive action- something the constituional president (and, laughably, commander-in-chief) cannot seem to perform. I would suggest getting our troops 500 miles away from the border and unleash dozens and dozens of neutron bombs along the Pakistani border to kill off drug trafficers, Taliban, and hopefully, Al Queda.

    Then do Americans a favor and drop the final one in Washington to really get rid of the crap in D.C..

    Peace Out!!

    December 17, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  2. Robert

    Tony, before you attack someone like Malik (which is the usual response from people who just havent really looked at the evidence and just blindly believe whatever they hear on the news), maybe you should take a good hard look at PatriotsQuestion9/ and then tell us how all those people are idiots...

    December 16, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  3. Robert

    What do we really expect to accomplish in Afgahnistan? Whatever is accomplished politically and economically will only revert once we leave. If we wanted to capture Bin Laden, we could have. 9/11 was an inside job. This is absolutely obvious to anyone who has studied the evidence. Go to and take a good hard look at all the thousands of experienced engineers, architects, pilots and military and government officials who agree that the official story concerning 9/11 is an enormous lie. You will be shocked that you havent heard about this on the evening news...

    December 16, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  4. blizz

    When you sign up you better be sure your not biting off more than you can chew. Paying for college with my life, I dont think so. Student loans and hunting seasons good enough for me. When they show up here, its on. Then its in my backyard...

    Live Free or Die!

    December 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  5. blizz

    Yes but Japan looks like it needs a another reminder. Their getting cocky again. We should have finished them off. I have no respect for Japan or China.

    December 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  6. jerry

    This has the makings of another vietnam with politicians making decisions overruling the military and putting our men and women in the military in dangerous situations.
    If this administrationis going to commit to Afghanistan then turn our military loose and let them get this over with in a hurry and not worry about the Afghan President and his drug producing brother.

    December 16, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  7. R. Steven

    John, I think you are right. But I believe there are too many powerful interests in the US with a vested interest in long drawn-out wars. And so long as the people dying are the invisible sons and daughters of average americans, no hue and cry will be raised, no sense of urgency will be heard for a decisive knockout blow. We have become like Israel; in a constant state of war, willing to tolerate the constant trickle of wounded and dead, with no end in sight.

    December 15, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  8. Tony

    Malik, you are a complete idiot. People who think the CIA staged 9/11 confirms how stupid the human race really is. You can get humans to believe anything. Especially the really really dumb ones like Malik. Malik probably believes the 7 virgins are waiting for him on the other side. What a racket!

    December 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  9. Rocco

    It is all about the Opium trade which Taliban has almost exclusive control over now. That kind of money can not go unabated into the hands of terrorists, who are backed ideologically by religious authorities that will never be satisfied with Afghanistan but who have their teeth set on global jihad. 9/11 was planned in Afghanistan, what else is being brewed in that cauldron? Let us not find out.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  10. Nathan

    another "global struggle" with no objective and end in sight.

    no front lines.

    so, when do we win?

    its been 8 years already...

    maybe this is the next 100 years war LOL.

    glad we take young peoples lives with a grain of salt.

    average WWII vet age while in combat 26
    Vietnam 19
    Iraq/Afghanistan 18
    netw war will be fought with baby rattle IEDS! 8^P
    can fight but can't order a beer LOL

    i say another 3000 body bags and we pull out in a few years and haven't changed a thing!

    time will tell

    December 15, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  11. JC

    Can't someone come up with a land worthy HOVER-CRAFT to transport our troops off the ground to avoid these evil destructive IEDs? Or even the military tanks that were used in the past. How much damage do the IEDs do to the old tanks? If our sons and daughters are going to stay over there for an extended period of time, defending the free world, we have to find a way to protect them from IEDs. I can't believe something cannot be done.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  12. chris

    My company has developed the technology to detect and defeat buried IED's with no side effects, but our government retards only want to pour billions more into trucks that our troops can't ride in or drive without taking off their body armor.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  13. Greg

    I think we should drop hundreds of thousands of pairs of levi's blue jeens across the Muslim countries and maybe the women over there would start wearing them. That could get those men over there thinking about the things they should be thinking about.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  14. Dave

    Dear Malik,
    You can only hide in your cave and broadcast your videos for so long before our soldiers will find you. Prepare to meet your 70 virgins. (Even if they all are 60 years old, are chain smokers, eat pork rinds and weigh 400 lbs)

    December 15, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  15. rrock

    So why are we spending trillions of dollars and risking our soldiers lives to support a corrupt, government of drug dealers in Afghanistan? Bin Laden is probably dead and al qaeda is dispersed all over the world. Seems like more money after bad.

    December 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  16. ronvan

    At this point I agree with John's comment. We DO have small man packed nukes, etc., which I would use in the mountains, where everyone says our enemies are, and Pakistan will not go into. For other area's I would start "concentration" bombing, manned & unmanned, and keep it going until WE got tired!

    December 15, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  17. MAO

    "Daisy Cutters" were not dropped on town or villages. We used he MOAB against the cave complexes because it sucks all of the oxygen out of the caves.

    Where are you going to use nuclear weapons without affecting innocent civilians? The insurgents live among them.

    Trust me. McChrystal's strategy is sound. It will work.

    December 15, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  18. Malik

    The U.S. as a super power of the world is quickly headed towards the drain of history. If we go by the logic of john, the Future President of the Future Super power of the world (not U.S.) would have ample reasons to Nuke the whole U.S. This will kill all the terrorists that are spreading terrorism throughout the world, through the terrorist organization called the CIA.

    December 15, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  19. Malik

    The real terrorists that staged 9/11 are in Washington. Perhaps hiding in safe homes of CIA and Pentagon. So if we go by Rob's logic, the US should completely annihilate itself to save the world from terrorism.

    December 15, 2009 at 12:47 am |
  20. Malik

    Are the IED;s bigger than the "Daisy Cutter's" that were dropped on whole villages and towns in Afghanistan?

    December 15, 2009 at 12:44 am |
  21. john

    If I were president I would authorize the limited use of thermonuclear warfare in the Afghan theatre.It tends to calm down the fanatics.Look at Japan after WWII.

    December 14, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  22. Rob

    What must be done to end this conflict with any amount of "success", and thus protect the lives of the many thousands of young Americans deployed there, is to issue a new "Potsdam Declaration" for the Taliban and Bin Laden & Co's full and unconditional surrender!

    Along with a deadline for compliance it should clearly state refusal will result in their total and complete annihilation and the inability of the land they once occupied to support ANY life for years to come.

    The United States simply cannot afford to continue using the pathetic, almost humanitarian, and, certainly, "political-correct", method of waging WAR that it has adopted. It is far past time for the gloves to come off.

    December 14, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  23. whybs

    We should add that we'll leave Afghan sooner once we see the head(s) of Osama bin & Mullah Omar.

    Sock it to them soldiers!

    December 14, 2009 at 1:35 pm |