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June 30th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Leadership, goals and obstacles in Afghanistan

(CNN) – The situation in Afghanistan is intensifying. Gen. David Patraeus is sailing towards a full confirmation as the top commander, but there's still plenty of debate. The biggest being the July 2011 deadline for troop withdrawal. An attack this morning on the Jalalabad airport by Taliban insurgents only underscores this reality. Our Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has the report.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Military • World
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  1. ronvan

    IT IS SAD: Can we honestly say that we have won anything in these two "trumped up" wars? WE have lost 4000 + KIA, don't even know how many wounded. Multiple tours, resulting in severe mental problems. How much $$$ has it cost, coninue to cost, which could have helped Americans & OUR country? Karzai an american puppet?
    YOU BET! Do these countries really want us there? NO! Heard the other day that Iraq is awarding contracts to other countries to help them rebuild. NO the U.S.A. was not involved or offered anything! Political wars are terrible & both of these are purly political. Our military is nothing more than cannon fodder for political gains, which in this case should have NEVER happened! Don't get me wrong either, our military can WIN if given the "green light" & all their restrictions are lifted! But this will not happen because of politics!
    OSB WAS the target, now he just continues to thumb his nose & laugh at us! National Security? I am so tired of this term being used just because someone wants something. OUR National Security would be better served by bringing ALL of our military home to protect OUR & THEIR country and the heck with all the others problems. IF we cannot protect ourselves within our own country then we have already lost.

    July 1, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  2. Mike M.

    @smith in oregon. NO, no,no. If you recall, the original mission, if the Dubya had not gone hunting for oil based on lies about WMDs', was to find and kill Bin Laden, the admitted architect of the attack on 9/11 of our country.

    July 1, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  3. Mike M.

    CNN reports on one hand that "Afghan fighters are good fighters". General Petraeus's assumption typically is much different. He states "they have a long way to go".
    Petraeus needs to get on Obama's current plan of increasing the skies with drone attacks, and hitting high value targets. Then maybe we can start bringing home the large Divisions of Army and Reserves, leaving the fighting to the smaller special forces and Marines.
    When is all this technology we have REALLY going to take over this war and get us out?

    July 1, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  4. Smith in Oregon

    Was the goal in occupying Afghanistan to force a corrupt dictator upon the Afghanistan citizens supported by the barrels of US machine guns? That goal appears to be successful. By all measures Hamid Karzai was handpicked by the CIA and forced upon the Afghanistan people.

    Was the goal in occupying Afghanistan to implement a democratically elected leader? Nearly all countrys including Afghanistan state the only election which recently supported Hamid Karzai was not only rigged, it was a entire sham, rampant voter fraud and very few view Hamid Karzai as a majority elected leader. That goal Failed

    Was the goal in occupying Afghanistan to support the alleged major Heroin exporter (the Karzai Clan) and flood Russia, the Middle East and the rest of the world in a tidal wave of Heroin? Successful, under Bush-Cheney the Karzai Clan planted as many Opium-Poppy fields thru-out all of Afghanistan's 37 provinces making Afghanistan not only the number one Heroin producer but all supplying 98% of the entire world's illegal Heroin. That nefarious goal was Successful.

    Was the goal to implement McChrystal's 'shake and bake' Afghanistan Police and Regional Governors to plug into Marjah, Kandahar and other areas as the US Military troops leave those areas? That goal has Failed. In Marjah, the Taliban have largely returned and to make matters worse the residents of Marjah see Hamid Karzai and the shake and bake Karzai Police and Regional Governors as more corrupt and vile than the Taliban!

    Was the goal to siphon 1 Trillion dollars in discretionary taxpayer spending from entirely domestic programs to The Pentagon? That goal appears to have been successful. Domestic spending was entirely gutted during the horrific Bush-Cheney administration giving The Pentagon nearly unlimited funding for both wars and multiple shadow programs and projects.

    With America's worse Recession in it's checkered history nearing a double dip situation, more Democratic lawmakers are anxious to pull the plug on both Wars, with limited tax revenues and extremely high unemployment it is nearly impossible to continue unlimited funding to The Pentagon and the bottomless pit of US Military spending. That lack of money obstacle is a big one!

    Kyrgyzstan and Turkey are becoming ever more uncomfortable with America and could easily move to throw America out of the airbase, ports and airspace in their country. That would also be a large obstacle to all current and future Republican Oil wars in the Middle East.

    July 1, 2010 at 3:20 am |
  5. joe bob

    We need to get out of Afghanistan. We've already thrown thousands of lives and billions of dollars away on this "war". Things will never change there if we stay another 50 years. If we don't get out soon, we will spend ourselves into 3rd world status. We need to start spending on OUR country and people.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  6. Ben Westberry

    Get our boys and girls what they need and let them kick ____.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:56 am |