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September 15th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Should U.S. send more troops to Afghanistan?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

You knew this was coming… the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says it will probably take more U.S. troops to win the war in Afghanistan. Can you spell "surge"?

Admiral Mike Mullen told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that he doesn't know how many more troops are needed, but "it's very clear to me that we will need more resources" to carry out President Obama's plan to fight the Taliban.

Top Democrats have already said they're opposed to sending more troops. Committee chairman Senator Carl Levin says the U.S. should first be sure that Afghan security forces are trained and deployed.

But Republicans say that the U.S. could repeat the mistakes made in Iraq by not committing enough troops. Senator John McCain says, "I've seen that movie before."

The Obama administration has been kind of vague about what happens next, which may be so they can buy time for other priorities like health care. They say no decision on troops is expected "for weeks and weeks."

In the meantime, the troops that are there are being killed at a greater rate than ever before and could no doubt use the help. 51 U.S. troops died there last month - more than in any month since the war started.

At home - public support for this war, which will soon enter its ninth year, is fading fast. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows only 39-percent of Americans favor the war - the lowest percentage ever. The number is down from 53-percent as recently as April.

Here’s my question to you: Should the U.S. send more troops to Afghanistan?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

George writes:
Yes, they should. If only to protect all the women and children there from the monsters who use religious extremism to victimize the ones who can’t protect or defend themselves.

Larry from California writes:
We need to exit Afghanistan at our earliest opportunity. If a short-term increase in troop strength hastens that day, I support it. Right now, I'm seeing too many parallels with Vietnam. I think a Taliban/al Qaeda partnership in Afghanistan is a bigger problem for Russia and China than it is for the U.S.

Ingrid from New York writes:
The U.S. should only send troops if there is absolute clarity that it will help accomplish the original mission for going in there: getting Osama bin Laden and his cronies. The U.S. did not go in to get rid of the Taliban (as wonderful as it would be to get rid of them), did not go in to stop drug trafficking (as wonderful as it would stop the poppy cultivation), did not go in there to democratize them (as righteous as that goal may be considered) and certainly did not go in there to support the current president (if he is actually the president).

I. from Rocky Mount, North Carolina writes:
If the commanders on the ground say more troops are needed, then more troops are needed. The war in Afghanistan can not be waged from the Senate and House floors of Congress or e-mails on the Internet. We abandoned Afghanistan after their war with the USSR and we got 9/11. It is time to win this war and settle this problem once and for all.

Tom from Vermillion, Ohio writes:
Only if there is a well-defined exit strategy, made public by our leaders. What conditions must be met before our involvement in Afghanistan comes to an end? I haven't really heard any, have you?


Filed under: Afghanistan • U.S. Army
soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Justin

    We should send more troops to Afghanistan so we can hurry up and finish that war. For the extra troops we should pull them out of Iraq since we should have never been there in the first place and load them in Afghanistan.

    September 15, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  2. vern-anaheim,ca

    i say get out of afghanistan as soon as possible,i am tired of hearing about young americans being killed for nothing.the russians and british couldn't subdue afghanistan and neither can we.this is another big mistake of the bush administration of which there are too many to count and list

    September 15, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  3. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Jack
    NO! No more troops.
    I do not care what any General or staff officer says. Have you EVER heard of a General or a staff officer who DIDN'T think that the strategy was working, or beginning to work, or would begin working with just a few more troops, or just a little more time, or just a little more tweaking?
    This smells like Vietnam all over again. Once was plenty. I say we should pack up and get the heck outta there ASAP!

    Pablo in Arlington Texas

    September 15, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  4. Kerry Diehl

    If we are going to do something ...DO IT! None of this half-way nonesense! Those who criticized the surge in Iraq, would have had us pull out in defeat.

    The same applies here! Get the politicians out of the battle, listen to the military and let them go in and win it! NO MORE MR.NICE GUY!!!

    September 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  5. jyll from TX

    in one word...NO!!!

    September 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  6. Doug Adams

    Yes – Please, so no more Canadian troops have to die either. Lets get this over with once and for all and go home.

    September 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  7. STAN - IL.

    If they are going to fight in Afganistan then don't cull, they need to kill them all. You can't pick and choose. Some might look innocent, but you can't tell one from the other. I'm thinking maybe the Generals are wanting to keep it going until the can retire. Also if we listen to Mccain, he will have us in a new war every someone sneezes.

    September 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  8. Howard Johnson, Lake Charles, LA

    If it will guarantee the capture of Osama Bin Laden, then yes. By the way, didn't John McCain say he knew how to capture Bin Laden during the presidential primaries. I guess he decided to keep his brilliant plan to himself. Just a thought.

    September 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  9. George

    Yes they should. If only to protect all the women and children there from the monsters that use religious extremeism to victimize the ones that cant protect or defend themselves. "Let freedom reign..." in all countries around the world. Let those people experience the "unalienable Rights that..." that all people are created equally – that the rest of us take for granted. Right now, the only way to offer that protection is through force. The military is doing the right thing getting rid of the Taliban.

    September 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  10. Howard M.-Bolingbrook IL

    Either send more troops or get out, now.

    September 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  11. Jennifer - Winnipeg

    No ... and neither should Canada. We have lost too many souls in this ridiculous war. Let Afghanistan and Iraq start fending for themselves. This whole thing started because Bush wanted to get Bin Laden. He’ll never be found. Bring the troops home. This isn’t and never was our war.

    September 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  12. Larry in California

    We need to exit Afghanistan at our earliest opportunity. If a short-term increase in troop strength hastens that day, I suppoert it. Right now, I'm seeing too many parallels with Vietnam.

    I think a Taliban/Al Qaeda partnership in Afghanistan is a bigger problem for Russia and China than it is for the US. Let both of them focus on their Central Asian Caliphate and let us work on our domestic problems; health care system disfunctionality, energy dependence, infrastructure decay and an economy that seems incapable of competing globally.

    September 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  13. Matt

    Afghanistan is the right place but the wrong time and ill prepared. Get out of there with a very strong BANG and live vow to fight another day.

    September 15, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  14. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    First, make a decision; is the US playing to win or is this another fight for a tie? I do not believe this administration has decided this issue. If we're not in it to win, we should never have gotten in to begin with. For the ultra liberal tree huggering, illegal alien cuddling, war is bad and let's try to understand why they destroyed the twin towers; I retired after serving proudly for 20 years in the US Army. If I weren't 60 I be proudly servinng with the bubbas in Afghanistan.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  15. Kelly in Atlanta

    No.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  16. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    No, it's time to bring them all home and let that bunch of people over there fight it out between themselves. If our government thinks that the war in Vietnam was difficult to win then just wait and see how long we're in Afgan, we'll never what you would consider a victory and to continue to lose our young men is simply wrong. That entire pile of rocks they call a country is not worth the death of one American soldier.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  17. Tom from Vermillion, Ohio

    Only if there is a well defined exit strategy, public made by our leaders. What condition's must be met before our involvement in Afganistan comes to an end. I haven't really heard any, have you?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  18. Indira Arya

    If the Afgani's is willing to unite and fight off these Taliban's for their own rights and prosperity , then we as Americans should help them, I am not in favour of sacrificing our brave man to look for a mad man (OBL), who is probably living the hi life in Pakistan under their protection and sucking free money from USA.

    I think we need to get out of Iraq and Afganistan and let these people fight and resolve their issues amongst themselves.

    When will US learn to stay out of Middle East.

    Its a SINK HOLE- you will never come out of it unhurt. WAKE UP USA

    September 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  19. Pat Vaughn

    America as a whole needs to suck it up, pack it up and get all our troops back home, period! If these wars were not such money makers in, so many different ways for so many different people...they would never have been started .. nor continued.
    We need plans made that all our borders, including oceansides, be patrolled constantly. Military bases should be installed every 50 miles to provide protection from our "expected" invaders instead of us being the guilty ones doing the invading.,,and yes, America is the guilty nation of being the invader and occupier of other countries. And once again, profit ..is the reason ...to continue and increasing our occupations in the world. As usual.
    Pat Vaughn, Crossville, TN

    September 15, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  20. Paul Vazquez

    Absolutely. We need these soldiers to be fighting over there, because there are no jobs over here and we wouldn't want to add even MORE folks to the unemployment line.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  21. Sensible

    With all the drones we now have patrolling the skies, why don't we bring troops home, out of harms way? With proper intelligence transport trucks/airplanes suspected of hauling drugs for shipment to the US should be destroyed from the air.

    Other than drugs, I have yet to hear of a good reason why we're there. Establishing democracy? You must be kidding. The US must pay more attention to home.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  22. Tony

    The troop surge in Iraqu worked. It's far better to have too many troops than not enough to do the job. SUpport our trrops.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  23. Linda in Arizona

    Sure, because we know that will work, right?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  24. C.T.

    We need an exit strategy NOW.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  25. Daniel Ochoa Jr. El Centro CA

    its gonning to another Vetnam , get them out now.. Pres. Obama...

    September 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  26. bill from North Carolina

    Get the HELL out of there NOW

    September 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  27. Karl from SF, CA

    Historically Afghanistan is a no-win situation and we have neither the money nor manpower to continue this questionable experiment. That area has been at war with itself for centuries and will be for centuries to come. We have no business there. It’s time to bring everyone home and protect ourselves on this shore. The iraq War blew any chance of getting Bin Laden and isn't that why we are there, really?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  28. ingrid, new york

    the usa should only send troops if there is absolute clarity that it will help accomplish the original mission for going in there- get osama binladen and his cronies. the usa did not go into afghanistan to get rid of taliban (as wonderful as it would be to be rid of them), did not go in to stop drug traficking (as wonderful as it would stop the poppy cultivation), did not go in there to democratize them (as righteous as that goal may be considered) and certainly did not go in there to support the current president (if he is actually the president).

    September 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  29. BRYAN

    i dont think we should send more troops to iraq because the more troops we send the more money is spent and the death roll will rise.mo iraq war and no more soldiers to iraq.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  30. Jamie (St. Louis)

    I think they should do whatever is recommended by the people that have been trained to best make that decision. More and more troops are dying over there and could use the help. I hope they don't resist sending the troops for purely political reasons. So far it sounds like that's exactly what's going on.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  31. Vonnie Elledge

    The people of that part of the world have lived in particular tribes for hundreds of years and will continue to do so for hundreds more years. What makes us think we should conform everyone to our way of thinking?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  32. Thom Richer

    No! Burn every poppy field in the country, pack up and get the hell out. Without the poppy crop, El Quaida's funds will be severed and so would their holdings in Afghanistan. It would do a hell of a lot more than sending in more troops and doing nothing to cut off their money supply. So why stay and send more troops for a lost cause? We already have one "Eternal War." Isn't that enough? Staying in Afghanistan makes as much sense as remaining in Iraq. None.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    September 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  33. I. B., Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    If the commanders on the ground say more troops are needed, then more troops are needed. The war in Afghanistan can not be waged from the Senate and House floors of Congress or e-mails on the Internet. We abandoned Afghanistan after their war with the USSR and we got 9/11. It is time to win this war and settle this problem once and for all.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  34. Annie, Atlanta

    I’m with the “get them the hell out of there” crowd. If Afghanistan can’t fight for their freedom after 8+ years, why should we? And why did congress ever let Bush get this so wrong. Makes you wonder if they have any clue what they’re doing.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  35. Bud

    Bring all our troops from the middle East and let those in their countries fight for what they want. They will will be trying to sell us their oil for food.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  36. Pat

    Jack,
    It's simple go big or go home.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  37. Zack

    No, we need to start seeing results such as truly open and fair elections; before we committ additional American troops.
    Boise, Idaho

    September 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  38. T.G. from the Virgin Islands

    Only if the military can find Osama Bin Laden and his henchmen. Once that happens, then President Obama will start withdrawing the troop from Afghanistan.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  39. Mike in St. Paul

    This is a very different war than we were fighting in October 2001. At one time we were fighting Al Qaeda, the people who attacked us more than eight years ago. Now we are fighting the Taliban and no one mentions Osama anymore. The Republicans need to admit that this war would be over if they had not taken the Halliburton/Cheney/Bush detour to Iraq before they would have my support to continue risking even more of our troops for something that can no longer be considered national defense.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  40. William

    Jack:
    It seems the Media has control of what they broadcast to the public. It's down to 39% because I consistantly see the media giving negative reports. Of course it will effect public opinion. Why not stop stunting the public and just report facts and not comments. And then ask the question. You'll see a different percentage I'm sure.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  41. Scott Gettle

    No, we've spent more than enough lives and money trying to build a representative republic for a people who are unwilling to shoulder the burden of building their own, our founding fathers didn’t wait for others to liberate us they put their lives and personal fortunes on the line. People who are unwilling to fight for themselves are going to be poor guardians of their own liberty. We will only wind up having them become dependent on us to keep their republic afloat. Besides the Taliban aren’t Al-Qaeda they are ragtag collections of rebels, thugs, henchmen and disaffected citizens whose only goal is to force us out and build the country as they see fit, if the people are unwilling to stand up to them then perhaps we should leave them to their fate. Before we go the way of the Soviet Union, that country bankrupted itself when it had an already ailing economy and disaffected populace and wound up shattered.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  42. Joe Palen

    The short answer is NO!!. Were I not a Christian I would give a longer, more emphatic version! For the reason, check recent history.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  43. Martin B.

    The President and Congress should follow the advice and request of the officers they trused with the job of WINNING. The President and Congress expect the officers to win, the least they could do is give them all the tools necessary for that task.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  44. kathy

    Yes. Like Biden predicted previously, Obama WH is going to be tried, let's hope he's up to it. The liberties and freedoms that have been won so far shouldn't be allowed to slip away. The number one priority of the US government isn't health care or whatever is in the daily news, it's defense. We just passed 9/11, do we forget this soon? Where is American's backbone?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  45. James Townsend

    I think America needs to restraegize. No one would be brave to say "retreat" Its like saying to the emporer...""wear cloth" If it is to get theorists... deal with them by organization! less troop will die.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  46. Katie Kennedy

    The only reason we should even be in Afghanistan is to find and bring to justice Osama bin Laden. Then, we're outta' there...or should be. Unfortunately, the President seems to be afflicted with the same disease all other President's get when they get into office and when it comes to war–let's bring democracy to the everyone whether they like it or not, and change the world.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  47. Dian in Chicago

    You're exactly right, Jack. Get them the help they need or get them the hell outta there! Don't let this turn into another Viet Nam where Congress hems and haws over what to do or not do...as our young men and now woman...die!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  48. Susan in Louisiana

    I know three young people in the military 1 in Iraq, 1 going to Iraq, and one that doesn't have his orders (yet). I'm with Jack, my plea is this: "do what you are going to do President Obama...I voted for you based on the war issues not health care" I'm trying to support the initiatives of the Obama administration but so far he's not pursuing the change I believed in.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  49. Michele

    No. They shouldn't of sent any troops over there to begin with. They need to bring the troops we have left home to their families.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  50. Sabrina

    Yes. Do it NOW!!! Don't leave our troops hanging. They need help, give it to them.

    I'm tired of so called american's not remembering what happened on 9/11. Remember how you felt. Remember how you cried.

    There is a choice, you can go after them where they are or wait for them to come BACK here. PICK ONE!!!!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  51. Mike in Beautiful Quebec City

    NO! It's time to get the heck out of there and figure out another way to control the taliban. As you know Jack, Canada has paid a big price of this Afghan war and it is not winnable (spelling). Time to move out and forget about it. We are using war machines of incredible killing power with incredible investment in technological research and development. But still can't kill the enemy since they are behind a rock next to the tree. One by one soldiers are getting picked off. War is hell.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  52. mike

    not only should they not send more troops, they should bring the ones there, home–then they should be placing them at the borders of our country–we cannot continue to print money to finance a never ending battle

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  53. lawrence ford jr

    yes we need more troops, it's Plain and simple.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  54. Eli, USMC, Iraq War vet.

    No, The minute the US Troops invaded Iraq We lost the Afghan War. We have alienated the Arab world and lost the morale highground that we had after 9/11. We marched our troops right in and we certainly can march them right out.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  55. Sharon G. in Molalla Oregon

    The reason we went into Afghanistan was to "get the guys" who attacked us. Where are they? Now our boys are dying and our money is being spent on a country that is still in the stone ages. No roads. No electricity. No running water. Have we forgotten history and the other countries who tried invasion there? We need to call uncle and leave now.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  56. david walls

    Jack I was for the war however, The Afgans have shown that they can't run an election, much less a country. They need to be on their own, as they sure don't appreciate our help. DW

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  57. carolyn

    Sadly we continue to make the same mistakes over and over. We as a country are so used to the quick fix that we don't have the tenacity or commitment to see anything through, whether it be the war in Iraq or Afganistan or solving the budget or health care issues in this country. If we don't learn to work together as a people and our politicians don't learn to work together for the good of the people we are doomed as a country.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  58. MA

    from Phoenix, Arizona

    We should remove our army and leave robust covert operation forces in place and also have the Afghani forces step up immediately. We should be fighting this war the same way the insurgents do and that is a guerrilla war, not a full blown colonial adventure from times past. If we don't know or can't do this without putting more of our soldiers in harm's way, then have the Israeli's show us how to to do it and do it right.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  59. Nicholas Keefe

    NO! The answer I say is always no. The troops need our support, bring them home! I say troops home now, diplomacy now. Peace now.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  60. Chad from Los Angeles

    Yes, just take them from Iraq.

    I just hope they are not still looking for Bin Laden. He is either dead or has nothing to do with Al Quaeda anymore. Otherwise he would have released a video showing proof he is alive...

    September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  61. Rick Hansen

    No more troops? – no troops at all. Many years have passed and there is still a thriving drug trade under the covers of widespread political corruption in Afghanistan. Troops can't stop that kind of stuff, and until it stops they can't stop the Taliban, the violence, or how the people of Afghanistan have chosen to live for centuries. Lets reach out to reality just once.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  62. Doris Ewing

    Jack,
    No!!!! short and sweet. We need to bring all our men and women home. Enough have died! Enough! . I still think we should go for Bin Laden in other ways. Get them home and let them rest and be with their families.

    I vote we start tomorrow.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  63. Andre

    Jack,

    Send every troop we got if we would actually fight the war. But all wars are extensions of politics and therefore fought half-ass!, so bring them home. Why not have a foreign policy that if you mess with us, we fire 1 missile and that's that. I'll do my year and then let me stay home. Just an active duty member tired of the games.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  64. Liberty Singingwolf

    yes as soon as the international pharmaceutical companies make afganistan world headquarters for pain management research and manufacture. US and international troops will be needed to protect the morphene factories and poppy fields while providing a legit place in the world markets for the afgani people. (this will also cripple the terror insurgency at our own southern border)
    lib
    cedar park tx

    September 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  65. Janice in Plainview, TX

    What I want to know is: What percentage is in favor of another attack on AMERICAN soil? Duh!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  66. john j. grimes Watertown, Ma.

    Remember when Gen. Westmoreland gace his famous "light at the end of the tunnel" speech regarding Viet-Nam? This call for more troops is more of the same and the result will be the same since we cannot win in Afghanistan. Our soldiers have been there for 8 years and the enemy has 75% control of the country. That fact should be enough to make us declare either victory or defeat and get out now.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  67. Rhonda

    The troops should immediately come home. Sending additional troops is insane! Our country is in major finanical trouble and we have spent enough money "nation building"! It's about time our government spent our resources on the American people who are in need of economic recovery. WE NEED JOB's! We don't need WAR! HELLO, IS ANYONE IN WASHINGTON LISTENING??

    September 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  68. Paul Minich

    That pile of rocks , poppies , and Taliban isn't worth one more American's life. We should have gone into Western Pakistan years ago and cleaned out that nest of snakes. Anybody remember Laos and Cambodia. Its history repeating itself. I don't want to see anymore Walls on the Mall

    September 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  69. Doug

    This is just another of the countless messes left by the Bush Administration that Mr. Obama has been left to clean up. And the only way to clean it up is to get the hell out! Sending more troops would only deepen the crisis. Stop blaming President Obama for the incompetence of George W. Bush! If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be in this mess in the first place and thousands of our brave troops would still be alive and unharmed!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  70. Jane (Minnesota)

    Only if they are need to finish up the mission. I would hope our Government has a defined mission including an exit strategy so this does not drag on & continue to drain ecomonic resources we don't have!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  71. S.D, Plano, TX

    More troops? To do what?

    Did you catch the recent news about what Pakistan did with the money US gave to block Taliban?

    S.D.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  72. Bob Henry Canada

    George Santyana wrote "Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are destined to epeat them"

    Sending more troops tp Afghanistan is pointless. The British tried for years to "stabilize" Afghanistan and failed. The Russians threw in all their military might and failed. When will they ever learn??

    September 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  73. Carole Isaacs-Garcia

    Our troops should ALL come home NOW. Enough is enough. War is horrible.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  74. jake

    Yes, but we need enough troops to get the job done.Why not start the draft up and maybe send 200,000. Maybe then we could find bin ladden. That was the reason we went there in the first place, wasn't it?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  75. MSgt., USAF, Retired

    Jack, first the political answer: as I understand it there are still several thousand troops in the pipeline who haven't arrived in-country yet. So, to send more, or ask for more at this stage, would be premature.
    Now the intelligent answer: I've said it before and I still think this way – we need to kick butt and not take names, and then get our family members out of that place. The Afghanis don't want us there, no more than the Iraqis want us in their country.
    Allen
    Hartwell GA

    September 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  76. Max

    Opinion polls should be irrelevant, Jack. Americans seem to quickly forget that short term solutions to their anxiety yield long term problems. The recent economic crisis is as good an example as exists. If the government wants to insure that the region is stable, and that there are preventative means for another terror attack, more troops will be sent. If they want to appease the American public, and allow terrorists to prey on our fears, they won't. In my personal opinion, an unhappy America is better than one in ruins from terrorism.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  77. Ken in NC

    We need to pack it in and bring them home and put them on our borders to stem the flow of the drugs killing our youth. Fight this war on drugs.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  78. Larry Mullison

    This is just more of the Bush policy to hunt down everyone that looks guilty or what ever. No, we should get out of Iraq and Afghanistan and accept reality. Iraq did not assist in the destruction and killing of the many in the twin towers on 911 , Yes, there were training bases in Afghanistan. Long since destroyed. Bring our troops home, fight those we KNOW are terriorists and go from there.

    We have shed more than enough on a senseless folly.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  79. Jim Rogerson

    We should never have gone into Afghanistan in the first place. There is a reason why it is called "the graveyard of enpires". No one has ever controlled Afghanistan not even the Afghani. It is ungovernable and can cost more and more lives.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  80. Paul

    Yes we should send more troops to Afghanistan as this mess that was made over there will just morph again if nothing is done again.OBL hasn't been brought to justice and the same people believe that they're at war with the U.S.Pulling out would be like surrendering.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  81. Glen

    I agree, we should either support them with a surge or get them out of there. It destroys the morale of our miltary fighting over there when our own government is unsure of what to do. The US government needs to have faith in the commanders on the ground in Afghanistan and trust them when they need more troops.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  82. Jim from Illinois

    No! The mess we are in is the result of faulty reasoning (if reasoning was was a part of the equation in the first place). We continue to pour lives and money down a bottomless pit in an effort to redeem the American ego. We were wrong in the beginning and will continue to be wrong as long as we follow this folly. Pull out and declare "victory."

    September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  83. John Kelley

    This mess in Afghanistan is the result of the Stupidity of the Bush administration to divert attention away from fighting Al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan in 2002. For 6 or more years, the Taliban used that time to strengthened themselves to retake this country. Now, because of Bush's strategic blunder, we have to finally get Osama Bin laden and Al Qaeda and defeat the Taliban. As hard as that reality is, if we do not do this, Pakistan could fall to their Taliban enemies and we could have a nuclear war between Pakistan and India. We will lose control of events if we are timid, if we turn our backs on the responsiblities of being a world leader.
    The easy way is to do what Senator Levin wants us to do, because he is putting the cart before the horse in seeking training of Afghan forces. If we do not provide sufficient safety to the Karzai government, they will not have the time to have their forces trained to fight the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Once again, we are in this mess, because of Bush's blunder. That can never be forgiven!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  84. larry

    no. I believe we should pull all of our troops out. it is anoyher war we can not win, so why should our young men and woman be put in harms way.. enough of trying to take care of the world. we have our own problems here at home thta we should be bealing with.

    thank you for your time.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  85. Dennis Eetcher

    Anytime the guy's in Washington try to run a war, we lose. Give it to the commanders on the ground, give them what they want and let them have at it,

    September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  86. Eric, Flemington, NJ

    No – we have no business being there. It would make more sense to station troops outside of the chaos in Afghanistan, as it is not our fight. If the government there requests support, in terms of our sophisticated weapons and materiel, fine. The question is: What is our national interest in Afghanistan and what do we hope to realistically achieve there?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  87. Jim

    I don't understand how politicians can give a general to complete such a demanding and complex mission and not give him all the tools he needs to do it. As a Army Sgt this is frustrating to see that politicians are not united in this fight where the 911 attacks originated from. The state of Texas has many more cops then there are Soldiers in Afghanistan and were talking about a combat zone.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  88. marc

    What exactly does victory mean? Are we expecting to eliminate the Taliban from Afghanistan? Whatever happened to Osama Bin Laden? The time is now to reconsider and reestablish what our objectives are and if they are achievable. I do not want to see anyone die or be seriously injured; maybe it is time to back off.

    Marc Haverstraw, NY

    September 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  89. Ken from Campbell River

    Should the U.S send more troops to Afghanistan? NO just does'nt seem like a big enough word, Jack.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  90. jim Blevins

    "Get 'em the hell out of there" - sounds good to me. When will the USA learn that imperialism doesn't work? The world is not our empire. It is costing us far more than we can afford pretending that it is. We have far more than enough problems at home to deal with, without trying to control the rest of the World. Declare victory and leave Afghanistan now.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    September 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  91. Bill

    Being a Vietnam Veteran I feel yes we should either send in more troops needed to get the job done of get out period. If we are not going to support troops we shouldn't send them in.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  92. Saeid

    We should not send any more troops to Afghanistan. We should immediately pool out. This is not the war that we can win. If only US could understand these people culture, motivation and the way they think, and then we would realize that you cannot win the war against them. You cannot win any war against the people that are ready to die for their belief. Come home and spend the money on us internal security.

    I believe the only reason President Obama and others in pentagon insisting to stay in Afghan is because they fell shame to admit that we lost. They should talk with Wall Street trader, you admit that you were wrong and you cut your lost as quickly as possible and move on.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  93. ken

    No we should not send more troops to afghanistan. Karzaid needs to draft afganistan citizens to defend his country. The u.s. drafted and trained soldiers for ww I, II, korea and vietnam. We heard the same rhetoric in iraq about what will happen if U.S. troops leave. Afghanistan needs to take responsibility for defending its country from the taliban. Since apologies seem to be the order of the day, we should get an apology from the taliban and move on.

    Ken, NJ

    September 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  94. James Turner

    "What message do tens of thousands of protesters marching on Washington send to Pres. Obama?" None! I'm sure he was aware that thousands of American citizens are sick and need health Care reform...........

    September 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  95. Brian

    Does anybody, beside me, believe that it is insane to have a designated, "Green Zone" in the middle of hostile territory? A large, immobile target is the worse thing to present to the enemy.
    Is anybody with military training included in planning this operation? Every commando knows the drill: Plan, train, re-plan; then attack and get-out, fast! Present no target to the enemy. Everybody comes home. These are the basics.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  96. ebenezer

    it is obvious that US can not win the war in afghanistan. so i wonder why government is wasting people's lives in afghanistan. let us get those valuable soldiers from afghanistan. stop spending tax payer's money in a war that can never be won.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  97. Loretta

    President Obama is looking more like George W. Bush everyday. We all know that George lied us into the Iraq War (when do the trials begin) but what's Obama's excuse. I voted for this President not because I thought he was so good, but because George Bush was so bad. Why is it that a High School graduate like me understands that we have no business in Afghanistan any more than we did in Iraq and our President and his cronies, graduates of Ivy league schools can't see the forest for the trees. If we had Iraqis and Afghanis in our backyards, how would we react? As long as we are on their "hallowed land" our sons and daughters will continue to die. We are the interlopers, the invaders, not the liberators.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  98. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – The question is too simple, and Carl Levin's answer is logistically not sensible. The problem in Afghanistan now is that there are insufficient legitimate resources to keep the peace. It will take years for the government to build up enough forces to do the job. In the meantime, the Taliban rules by fear wherever they are in strength. We caused this problem by walking away last time, when our friends defeated the Russians, We took out eyes off it when we went into Iraq. We need to finish this properly this time, no matter the expense – the expense of not doing it will be many times larger.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  99. Beryl

    I'm a veteran of war, OIF II, and I can tell from experienced that our troops need more support. Why is everyone so surprise our soldiers in Afghanistan need help? I'm really amazed to hear people actually thought that shifting the war focus from Iraq to Afghanistan was not going to required more troop deployment! That idea itself is foolish to me. Can people actually be that naive to think we can win or fight a war without enough soldiers on the ground? If we can't send more support for our troops, then we shouldn't be on this war. On the other hand, as a solider I was taught to never leave a battle buddy behind, and not sending more troops is doing just that!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  100. Terry, Ft. Bragg

    No... We can not be their territorial police force. We should establish a few small bases near population centres that are sustainable for a long term mission of training and advising Afghanistan's defence forces.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  101. Al Jasinskas

    We had no one to learn from in Viet Nam. The Russians were in Afghanistan for ten years. Why not ask the Russians for advice?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  102. Dan - Eustis, florida

    If more troops are needed they should be sent, period. People tend to forget that 9-11 was planned in Afghanistan and that rat Bin-Laden is
    still free. Until he is caught and the rest of his band of human waste
    eliminated we should stay in Afghanistan, I would like to see us go into
    Pakistan and destroy al-quida and the taliban. There is one thing that
    can be done to help our Military, its called a Draft, without deferment.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  103. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    MORE TROOPS! On the contrary. Warning beacons should be placed around the country's perimeter stating "Beware, this country refuses to join the civilized world.
    This country should be isolated from the rest of the world. I feel they are well beyond any known treatment. They are the Earth's festuring wound that needs to be quarantined.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  104. R Rayl

    NO! Bring all the troops home.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  105. Wayne - Orlando

    Me, like many Americans, have viewed the War in Afghanistan differently from Iraq, you could say the Right War versus the Wrong War. While I have always favored leaving Iraq, bailing out of Afghanistan would not be the right thing to do, especially when US commanders are requesting more troops. Listen to the professionals who are over there and allow them to conduct the campaign as they see it.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  106. Michael From Tallahassee

    Jack, most people still forget that both of these wars were caused in part by U.S. mistakes which include ignoring Afghanistan's needs after the Soviet retreat and missing the oportunity to end Saddam Husseins reign during the first Gulf War. We have to revert to our nations early principles of expanding Democracy and protecting human life from both tyrrany and oppression.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  107. Will Willis

    No, but he should support a draft in Afghanistan to increase national forces that could be trained by US forces that should be repositioned on basis throughout the country to offer support to Afgan troops needing assistance similar to help being provided in Iraq.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  108. MIKE

    YES send the troops everything they need to fight and they will win. This war has been forgotten ever since the Iraq war started, lets finish the job right and not FORGET this time why we are fighting there!!!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  109. Greg, Ontario

    It wasn't such a big deal after 9/11 why is it a big deal now? Afghanistan freedom needs to be paid for with Afghanistan blood not American or Canadian blood. We can support and train them in many ways but no more of our blood should be spilled for a country stuck in the middle ages.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  110. Aaron

    You know what Jack, I dont know! Its so hard now a-days to have a clear perspective on whats going on with the war that it is hard to make clear argument. But I do have faith in the President that he is doing whatever is necessary to keep America safe and free.

    Aaron, From St.Louis MO

    September 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  111. Tim H. Royal

    Yes, we should send more troops. Should have years ago instead of destroying Iraq, The Taliban is stronger than ever and is slowly taking over the entire region. They have even blockaded the roads, how could that happen? Complacency, not focusing on the critical. How typical of both the Republican and Democratic congress. We cannot allow the Taliban to become a world power and they can.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  112. Richard in Santa Maria, CA

    You fools that think if we get out of Iraq and Afganistan, the Muslim terrorist will leave us alone. Did they leave us alone on 9/11, of course not, but somehow they will be nice fellows if we just cut and run, according to many of you. radical Muslims have one thing in mind, to make us all Muslims, or dead, that includes your wives, your children and you. Wake up, stand up, or get the hell out of the way!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  113. Mark... Voorhees, New Jersey

    Aside from the demise of Osama Bin Laden, who is probably in Pakistan, there is nothing to be won. We cannot build a nation because there is, truth to tell, nothing to build it out of. This is a primitive 12 century society. So yes, Jack, bring our troops home now. And in the future, never send 50,000 or 100,000, or 100,000 troops and 50,000 Blackwater cowboys, to do the job that a sniper team with proper intelligence could do with no publicity. If we are not willing to fight a war with all the weapons at our disposal, don't do it. Even if it does raise the share price of Halliburton et al.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  114. Robert, New Orleans

    No, I think enough of our troops have sacrificed far too much -thousands losing their lives – for the foreign policy blunders of the Bush administration. It is not the american taxpayer's duty to control the opium industry.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  115. Barbara ,New Port Richey, Florida

    Is this a trick question Jack? Our economy is in the toilet, the banking system has gone to hell in a hand basket, and we are in a health care crises. Oh and did I forget the survivors of Katrina? I think our troops are needed right here where we can do some good for our people, without spending the billions to send them "over there"
    Use our troops for the security needed here against the terriorist threat. Use our troops to help rebuild this country and its people. Give us, the US something to be proud of. I have and always will, support our troops, and when I see a soldier in uniform I always thank them for keeping us safe, but there comes a time, and I believe it is now, that we take care of our own, here. One final question: Are we the only country in the world who feels it must support all the rest of the world?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  116. Anthony from Swedesboro, NJ

    If Bush didn't waste time, lives and money on Saddam Hussien who was impotent by American flyovers and international scrutiny, We,ve already would have bin Laden in our clutches and the Taliban in shackles.
    Now, we have no choice but defend Afghanistan which will easily be overwhelmed by the Taliban and their allies, the terrorists.
    It's just another fix that the Bush administration has left us in.
    As your taxes rise always remember to thank George W. Bush!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  117. Brad

    It might work if the policy used by Alexander the Great was used, but that wouldn’t be pc. He appointed governors for sections of the country and if they misbehaved (corrupt, didn’t play well with their fellow governors, etc.), they and their friends had their heads chopped off and new people put in place.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  118. sylvia

    No, we should NOT send more troops to Afghanistan. The money we're spending on the war should be spent protecting our country right here in our own homeland.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  119. Brian Smith PhD

    As you said Jack, we knew it was coming. It is simply misplaced power. Eisenhower warned us of this in 1961. He said, "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." Simply put Jack, as long as big business, (e.g Halliburton), can make a buck off of war, big business will keep America in what ever war they can.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  120. roman@barrie, Canada

    The U.S. should take Russia's advice and not send more troops. With fewer allied troops to shoot or blow up maybe the Taliban and the Druglords can get back to doing what they do best – killing each others. We can send Blackwater contractors and the lobbyists for the Gas and Oil industry to protect the pipelines that this military action is all about.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  121. Mike from Ontario, Canada

    Jack,
    Doesn't anyone learn from history, the Soviets couldn't defeat the Taliban, what makes you think you can? What is needed is dialog with these people, and understand why the conflict, because all these people ever knew was war.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  122. Dollar Bill

    Jack, it's easy for people to sit here in this country and criticize the war, but truth be known a lot of those same people probably have never even served in the military, let a lone be to war. I spent 20 years in the military and I understand that some decisions take time and if a pull out is to happen, the media must not know until it's all said and done. But I do agree with getting our troops off the ground and use our ships off the coast and use bombers to continue the fighting.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  123. Annice

    I think the Afghan War would have been long over if former President Bush and VP Chaney had concentrated on solving problems in that country instead of starting another in Iraq. Bring our troops HOME!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  124. Pam holt

    Pam holt foley al. They should get out of Iraq and Afghanistan completely. Afghanistan has been fighting each other for hundreds of years. All the u.s. Has done was to temporary slow it down. They can" t babysit them forever.....

    September 15, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  125. Jack Dempsey

    Jack , I don't know. I watch alot of news and I try to understand what we are doing in Afganistan and I still can't define the mission. After nine years you would think that would be easy. Jack from Nice Ca.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  126. Tina Tx

    Every American could go and fight and we still could not win. You cannot beat the enemy on their home soil. They could not win against us over here. End the war, bring home the soldiers so their hearts and souls can mend.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  127. Linda

    We need to get out now. There is no reason to have more soliders dying everyday. Let these politicans send there kids over there and see how quick the war ends.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  128. Vicki Nichols

    Jack – If you are through reading Wolf's tweets, here is a sweet tweet for you. My answer to your question is absolutely! We need our troops here to protect OUR borders. If our borders were protected we wouldn't need to be protecting our country OVER THERE AND EVERYWHERE ELSE! We can protect our country at home by putting troops on the border and the more the better! YOU ARE GREAT – I watch everyday and have never written in but your tweet comment made me laugh so hard I thought this was my chance to speak my mind and let you know you make me smile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD JOB!! Thanks – Vicki – Houston

    September 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  129. Nancy, Tennessee

    It is time to remove the troops from Afghanistan. This area is worse than Iraq and the reason for being there is more vague. Sure we want Osama bin Laden, but we don't have a clue that he is even there. Our soldiers are trying to get the confidence of the Afghanistan people, but it is not obvious that they want us there fighting the Taliban. It's time to exit – stage left.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  130. maryellin

    No,The USA expended its wealth and military lives supporting Iraq and Afghanistan through two free elections.The USA sacrificed enough to help repair and stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan. USA troops should be withdrawn 100% from Iraq and Afghanistan by Sept 30,2009.For 20 years the USA spent our fortune to maintaining the post Gulf War "NO FLY ZONE"over Iraq.Saddam did fool the world inferring Iraq "had" nuclear weapon capability and theUSA was mired almost single handedly footing the entire "No Fly Zone" tab.Well,Saddam is gone,both countries have twice freely elected their own govt,so BRING OUR MILITARY HOME. WHY is the USA paying 60% of NATO's cost? WHY does the USA pay 45% of the UN's entire budget?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  131. Raoul New Orleans, La

    Sorry Jack, I didn't know this was coming. It's sad we have to reduce military strategy to slogans like "surge". What we need to do help the Afghan people build an infrastructure where they can take control of their country and provide for themselves. If this takes more troops, we should send them. We should not telegraph our entire strategy for doing so to the world.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  132. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    There is a difference this time around. The soviets and the English were never in Afghanistan for the Afghan people...!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  133. Veronica Gold

    Hi Jack,
    Here's the compromise: Send two small groups of soldiers, trainers for the Afghan army and soldiers capable of disarming IEDs.

    PS: Corrupt President Hamid Karzai should be trained to disarm those IEDs. That swindler isn't worth one of our soldiers' lives.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  134. Jake

    I hope President Obama does the right thing and listens to the advice of his commanders. The liberals in congress need to stay out the way and let our military finish this war. Have we forgotten that this is where 9/11 originated? The longer the liberals delay sending more troops, more of my brothers will die.

    Semper Fidelis

    September 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  135. Jerry, Carbondale Illinois

    If sending more troops now will mean we can get out faster, later, "heck, yea" ...

    September 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  136. Jack - Phoenix, Arizona

    Answer this: What are our boys and girls dying for in Afghanistan? Hmm, yes, this does look like the bottomless pit of Vietnam, doesn't it? We've certainly reeked enough vengeance for 911 by this point. So bring the troops home now.The Afghanis, Pakastanis and a few others in the region have their own reasons for dealing with the Taliban and other bad guys. If they have the courage and will to fight and win, then the bad guys will lose.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  137. Jake

    We went into Afghanistan looking for Bin Laden and revenge.
    We have obtained neither.
    Three distracted and untrustworthy leaders took us off to a war that was not necessary by providing tainted "intelligence" that they concocted.
    There is no doubt about the need to stay in Afghanistan to obtain Bin Laden and revenge, and if it takes more troops, they shall be much better utilized here than in Iraq.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  138. David

    The surge in Iraq was bribing Sunnis with a lot of money, not because of more troops! It's ironic how they say the surge in Iraq is such a success when the Vice President still has to travel clandestine to Iraq. I would hate for the U.S. to "surge" more money to our enemies (ie. the Taliban), especially when Americans are struggling to make ends meet. Afghanistan will be a quagmire for many years with or without more troops. The Afghan terrain is more conducive for gorilla warfare rather than an organized military. Why not let the troops just protect the towns, roads, airports, and cities while the drones kill the Taliban in the mountains & rural areas?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  139. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Absolutely not, we haven't declared war on Afghanistan or made a case to the UN for a declaration of war which would bring about more international support. And personally I don't believe the international community has a stomach for our continuation of wars in the Mideast.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  140. Jamie (St. Louis)

    Someone mentioned fighting the war with Predator Drones. Isn't that a similar strategy to Clinton's use of cruise missiles when we were getting attacked on a weekly basis during his tenure? Clinton's lack of a backbone, his dismantling of the CIA and his bowing to political forces got us into this mess. It's time for America to show the world that we won't cut, run and leave our allies in the lurch at the first sign of adversity. We had a clear task at hand after 9/11. We should finish the task. People that can so easily forget 9/11 are going to be the reason we end up repeating it.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  141. nancy

    Im am the spouce of a soldier that has been to iraq twice, and possibly can be sent to afghanistan.How many more lives have to be lost,or changed forever,before someone speeks up and says enough is enough.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  142. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    There is a difference this time around. The soviets and the English were never in Afghanistan for the Afghan people…! There is probably a short window since we all have been there for too long!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  143. eyvel

    We never learn. Just look back; what happen to the, Rusians just a few years ago...can we win ? They are willing to lose their lifes ..I don't think we can afford to do that..

    September 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  144. Reg

    The US needs to re-evaluate it's mission in Afganistan. I think we should pull out our troops and fight the terrorist on our terms. We need to fight our enemies the way we did today in Somalia. Use Special Forces the way they were created to do. A conventional force will only be systematically picked apart, as is now happening.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  145. Eric Young

    All along I thought we were training the locals how to defend themselves and we would get out. It appears we took our eyes off the ball with Iraque war. Now, we need to determine if it is worth the price to stay and finally win or at least stabilize the country. My opinion , We have spent enough of our young men and women and tresure. I don't see a good excuse to stay and spend more. What is there to protect or take from this effort?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  146. honestjohn in Vermont

    When one goes to war one should have a sound entry and exit strategy, as well as military strategy. Otherwise one gets bogged down in an unending war costing precious American lives and dollars, like in Iraq or Vietnam. Something we should heed well before we lose any more lives on that deadly Afghan plain.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  147. Pugas-AZ

    If we want to keep the "military industrial complex" going and fund jobs for dubious civilian contractors over the bodies of young men and women, I say yes. Let's hope this country is better than that.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  148. Darren

    We have lost enough troops already, let the rest of the world send thousands of thier troops to fight in this war. Or are we all alone in this war ? Where is the help our troops need from the rest of the world?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  149. Andrew D.

    We should do what the commander in chief orders on Afganistan. Cheney-Bush was the last "decider" and we accepted this without question why question Obama as he tries to handle the mess of the last "decider"?

    Andrew D, Ontario

    September 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  150. Brenda Senanayake

    Definitely! They should have been there long before now. If we pull out, all the freedoms gained especially for the women and young girls of the country will be lost and knowing the Taliban, there would probably be punishment dealt out liberally. Also, I agree with the Minor Majority leader in the House that the country would also once again become a victory for and home ground for Al Quida. My son has a good friend who has just been deployed to Afghanistan. I pray we send enough troops this time to help ensure the support he and others deserve.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  151. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    No. It would be a waste of time and men. It's as pointless, or more than Iraq was, and why do we think that we can beat back the insurgents when Russia couldn't do it? We have enough problems at home right now with all of our own militia problems and morons marching in the streets.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  152. Sara

    Yes they should go. The Taliban and Al Qaeda may be in Pakistan but Pakistan has enough nationalist sense of self to know they don't want the Taliban running their business. They will get booted from Pakistan eventually. Afghanistan doesn't have that. So where will the Taliban and Al Qaeda go? Right back to Afghanistan. If we leave the same overall power vacuum in Afghanistan that we did in the late 1980s and early 90s when the Soviets pulled out, we will be doing this all over again in 20 years, if not less.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  153. Vicki Nichols

    Correction for vicki nichols comment – we absolutely should not send more troops to Afghanistan

    September 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  154. Bill in Sacramento, CA

    Jack, Afganistan shares a common problem we have here in the US. If you don't have enough troops or border patrol agents you will not stop the cross border infiltration of undesirables entering the country.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  155. Kerry in NC

    I DON'T LIKE WAR, but pullling out of Afghanistan is a horrible way of repeating history. The Taliban was strengthened, when no one helped clean up after the Soviet-Afghan war in the '80's . We will be doing the same thing -leaving a broken country that will allow, maybe even welcome back, the Taliban and Al- Qaeda. This is where the WAR ALWAYS was, this is where are attackers come from....and you want to walk away? Have they beaten us by just waiting us out? This was the first frontal attack on United States since Pearl Harbor...has our perseverance for Justice died over the years? What have we shown for the lives lost or maimed for the last 9 years – is all of this to be forsaken?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  156. Mike from Denver

    Does anyone remember when they were a kid and mom told them to clean up their mess? Grown-ups don't like cleaning up messes any more than kids. Sorry to say, we made a mess in Afghanistan and the only way to clean it up is sending as many troops as are needed.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  157. Karen - Missouri

    I'm so sick of polls...meaningless polls that do NOT represent most Americans...just a handful who happened to answer them. Why not let those who are experts in their fields do their job and stop this pussy-footing around with sensationalism in the news all the time? I say if the military leaders say more troops, then just do it. That was our downfall in Vietnam...and look what happened there.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  158. Kathy Cox

    It is rediculous that we are still there. I lived in Saudu Arabia for 12 years and I can tell you that NO MATTER what we do there will never be democracy in the Middle East. We are fooling ourselved and having young people killed because of it. They should withdraw all troops and fine another way to keep these terrorists away from US soil. I was a teacher while I lived there and they actually taught 2-3 year olds to HATE anyone with a WHITE FACE. I need health insureance and good get it if we saved the money we are wasting over there.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  159. DJ in Denver

    Committee chairman Senator Carl Levin says the U.S. should first be sure that Afghan security forces are trained and deployed. This came out of your article. I also saw his press conference. I agree with this thought. We should help the people of Afghanistan police themselves. We also should be helping them make bricks. and create other building materials.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  160. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Yes, but only to secure our departure from the country!!

    Steve
    Clifton, VA

    September 15, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  161. Andrea, Alabama

    You know, we're in this position now because we left the job in Afghanistan undone in order to invade Iraq. Congress was all for that, but now some of them are against getting Afghanistan squared away, which would actually put us in a better position to hunt down and kill Bin Laden. What's up with that?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  162. Jack - Lancaster, OH

    Jack:

    No, but there are a number of good distractions to keep our focus off of congress, the senate, government agencies than a good war. War keeps the war economy going since GM and the others cannot because they do not have a market amongst the beleagured taxpayers. How sad to lose a son or daughter to these games and while most of us are silent, we are not oblivious to the truth. Anyway, most of us got troubles right here in our own river city.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  163. Jon S.Pridham

    Jack
    Ask the Soviet Union, Oh! pardon me, ask Russia.

    Jon S.Pridham
    Kittery, ME

    September 15, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  164. John in Illinois

    I dont know about you Jack but is it time to drop some well placed MOAB's about now and get out and fix our economy ?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  165. frankie

    I don't know the answer. I am grateful to at least have a President in whose intelligence I have confidence. I think they should get Russia's opinion of staying in Afghanistan.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  166. nancy lexington sc.

    Bring our soldiers home.Do not send anymore soldiers to iraq or afghanistan.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  167. Pastor D

    I was in the Viet-Nam conflict (LOL!) It was really a war that we could have won, but because of the generals actions- we didn't! That's why I believe that we should pull out of Afghanistan and use drones to chase down the Taliban and those fools that side with the 6'6 guy that we can't seem to locate in the countryside where no one else is over six feet tall! Semper Fi!! Get our servicemen/women out of there please..

    September 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  168. Garfield Canada

    Sure thing send as many as you can. You started the dam war and now you can fight it to. Then we can bring our troops home I say American war fo Americans. Some thing like the buy American don`t you know.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  169. M. Figueroa

    Don't send more troops! Get them all out of Afghanistan now! Our involvement over there will be an endless quagmire, like Vietnam. That government is corrupt and ineffectual. Giving Afghanistan money that we need ourselves and that is going into corrupt politicians' pockets over there, or so they can continue to grow poppies and send drugs to this country is stupid. Let them solve their own problems. Al Quaeda (sp?) and Taliban are not only in Afghanistan. They're also in Pakistan and other places. Let our alleged allies in those places fight them. Get our troops out now!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  170. Uncle Sam in Florida

    No, absolutely not.
    It's time to stop wasting money in the mid east and use the manpower and money to protect our borders here.
    If our borders would have been protected the right way with better security in the past, 9/11 would have never taken place.
    Why can't this country learn from the mistakes it has made in the past?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  171. Jim S

    Jack, these two wars are continuing to drain us financially and morally. This after all, was Osama Bin Laden's intention in the beginning and we are simply martching to the beat of his drum. We need to bring our troops home and protect our homeland for a change and quit meddling in other countries business. We are not welcome anyway and the greed and corruption that exists there will not allow success.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  172. Vicki Nichols

    I want to correct my statement – I meant to say we absolutely should not send more troops to Afghanistan. We need our troops here to protect OUR borders. If we would do this there would be no reason to be in Afghanistan. The Hell with finding Osama Bin Ladin. We don't even know if he is alive. We are looking for a ghost that will be replaced by another maniac anyway. Jack, I hope you enjoyed Wolf's tweets. I agree we should call them twerps. LOL – I watch you everyday and you make me laugh. I love to laugh – thank you! Keep up the GOOD WORK!!!!!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  173. JimH

    No more troops in Afghanistan! There is no clear strategy to win there and even if there was one, it's not achievable. We are being sucked into another war we can't win.... Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan.... three strikes and we're out! (of money) The Taliban is smart and is hiding over the border in Pakistan... we all know that so why shed more blood in Afghanistan? Russia was unsuccessful after years of trying... what makes us think we can be successful there? Support/train the Afghan soldiers and then bring our troops home. If they need more help later, the help should come via the UN, not just the US.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  174. Bud, Columbia, Mo..

    Fareed Zakaria had a great show yesterday on this subject and Bill Moyers did also last Friday. I am a Catholic bleeding heart liberal who abhors all wars, but in this case I have to agree with them that the right thing to do is to try to have a Taliban awakening and clean up the mess we started. We need to find and train more Afghani soldiers and clean up the corruption in their government. A recent poll shows the people of Afghanistan want us there. They don't want the Taliban and they don't want the corruption. And Al-qaeda will find safe haven with the Taliban again. I think we need to find out where they are getting their weapons from and stop that flow. My darling nephew will be going there soon and that scares me to death, but if you break it you own it. No more 9/11s ever again.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  175. Jamie from Plain City, OH

    Only if the U.S. Congress will actually declare war on the country. Then, go all in. Otherwise we should immediately with draw all illegal use of force against another country. Congress can do resolutions out the wazoo, but without declaring war, its still unconstitutional.
    When are we going to remove the Whigs and Federalists from power. Next all our health care will be controlled by them. Take back our country!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  176. Ricardo

    58% Do not approve of the war, and that for me, makes a solid
    majority, the people has spoken, bring our troops home!!!! Remember, you work for the people not for the special interests .
    We are not fighting there to prevent future terror attacks, but for control
    of that country, so the oil corps. can build a oil pipe line from the Russian oil field in Crimea to warm water ports: "Project Navuco"

    September 15, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  177. Shannon R.

    Really ? Focus people!! Twin Towers,Pentagon, freinds, family...Americans, all dead. OUR enemy is the Taliban. We are at war! Send them all ! Everything we have. NO more half measures. The exit strategy is simple: Walk out when the Taliban is DEAD !

    September 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  178. Don, Maryland

    If we believe that the military's role is to support policy made by our civilian government, then we should be obligated to provide them whatever they say they need in order to fulfill the mission that our lawful government has given them. Having said that, I must add that rather than asking whether we should send more troops to Afghanistan, let's debate the public policy of our government's decision to continue this war. It is deeply unfortunate that the Bush Administration chose to lose sight of its original objective when the United States first attacked the Taliban government after the 9/11 events. If the US had maintained its focus on Afghanistan and not been side-tracked by Iraq, the Taliban would not have been the threat that it has grown to be over the past several years. But we have what we have. To leave Afghanistan now, will most assuredly result in the Taliban returning to control that government with an invitation to Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda to resume operations in their country. The reality of history, however, tells us that continued military operations in Afghanistan–at this point in time–will likely not result in victory or even a "mission accomplished" outcome. Is having the Taliban control Afghanistan and al Qaeda resuming its activities in robust fashion, something that the US can live with? Is it something we can now accept and then deal with on another front in another manner?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  179. Joe Rogers

    Do we need another result that is "fragile and easily reversible"?
    I think not, therefore, bring ALL our troops HOME. How General McCrystal can know what is going on in Afghanistan in only
    3 months is beyond me. There's enough history out there to
    demonstrate that trying to do "nation-building" in Afghanistan is
    virtually impossible. To send troops into that quagmire makes little
    sense. As for bin laden, why a still picture in "his" latest "message"?

    Joe from Annapolis, MD

    September 15, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  180. Marion/Birmingham

    It is Obama's war where are the Liberals and their cry baby antics,they displayed during the Bush years?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  181. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Jack, we should not send any more Troops to Afghanistan.

    PLEASE, President Obama end this senseless war!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  182. Mike from Kentucky

    Afghanistan was a weak country which allowed the Taliban to rule, and allowed al Qaeda to train for criminal acts of terror in the terrorist training camps located throughout the Afghan country, and also allowed al Qaeda to plan, and to implement, and execute terrorist attacks upon our country, most particularly on Sept. 11th, 2001. That attack upon our country needed more than training at a terrorist training camp, whether such camp would be located in northern Africa, in South America, or in Afghanistan. Only the widespread acquiescence to the aims and objectives of al Qaeda by people across the Afghan country could yield the fanaticism necessary to develop the ugly mindset needed to carry out this atrocious act of violent murder of unsuspecting, every-day Americans.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  183. Michael

    NO, NO, NO, NO, NO......Didn't we learn ANYTHING from Vietnam?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm |