Obama trumpets U.S. gains in Afghanistan
December 16th, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Obama trumpets U.S. gains in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama asserted Thursday that the United States is making significant progress in the nine-year war in Afghanistan, but warned that the conflict "continues to be a very difficult
endeavor."

We are "on track to achieve our goals" of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qaeda and its Taliban allies, he said. The gains, however, are fragile.

The president noted, among other things, that there has been a "successful increase" in the recruitment and training of Afghan forces due partly to the July 2011 deadline set by the administration to start withdrawing
the U.S. military.

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  1. Jim Brieske

    When it's all said and done the fact is we will be leaving and any gain that has been made will be undone by the Taliban within a few months. It is imperative we leave ASAP. Every soldier killed from here on out is a life wasted.
    Because we can't win. It would take one million soldiers in Afghanistan to defeat all the different types of enemies.
    We should reposition our soldiers along Iran in preparation to invade Iran to remove the Iranian regime and prevent their successful building of a nuclear weapon.
    I would bomb Tehran for 120 days first then enter with ground troops.
    jim

    December 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    People of the United States,
    After 9 years of losing American lives in Afganistan and Iraq, the last thing I want to hear is our acomplishments are fragile.
    These people are living in the 12th century and do not want to join the rest of us in the 21st century.Trying to win hearts and minds is useless as I see it after all this time

    December 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    People of the United Starts Part II,
    What really needs to be done is another massive air bombing campaign all around the border regions of Afganistans tribal regions to include the Iranian and Pakistan borders.If the Afgan government is corrupt and starting to side with the Taliban eliminate it.If we want out quickly, we need to kill the enemy on a massive scale.And when we do leave ,we need to leave them in fear of the United States returning with a major vengance if we see everything falling apart again

    December 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Junior

    Fight we may. They will not give up after being reduced to nothing in their own land out of greeds and cruel injustice. We wouldn't allow any nation to come here kill our men, take our brave patriots to captive for turture, and leave kids orphanage refugees just to have our natural resources by force. I swear for every munit they we'd try everything to feel our frustration. Before we became a nation, the colony reject the thrown just like these people are refuting the us-nato allies invation of their countries for their natural resources. We may kill as many as we want, spent as much as we can, winning is unlikely. Algerians did not allow the french win, india refuse to let england at all cost; it is time we drawn a lesson from the book page and quit making ourselves look ans act as if we have no history in our learning system. Colonial and emperial ages are over. No one will do what we won't as a nation.

    December 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Foghorn Crapthrower

    I'd bomb something too. We could bomb what we didn't bomb earlier after we forgot to bomb the other one. Or we could just bomb where they thought we already bombed again but then we would miss bombing them where they didn't know we were gonna bomb them there. If that fails we could start more bombing than what we bombed before, but only if by bombing them this hard it would work more better than how the other bombs worked. And I'm sure we have secret bombs that we could bomb with but then they would know so we should only use our secret bombs if the other bombs didn't work.

    December 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      People of the United States III,
      lf all else fails.just nuke the whole damn country and turn it into a sheet of glass.

      December 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Frank- What happened to: People of the United states Part III?

    December 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. helenhull102951

    There's really no need to nuke the country, all we have to do is drop DAISEY-CUTTERS all along the entire region and mountain ranges until there is no living creatures left there.. Problem Solved!! Then show Pakistan and Iran what will happen if they hide or harbor any Al Quiada members in there countrys..

    December 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. helenhull102951

    Now that's a dam fine idea you've got there People of the United States... Except for the fact that our 3 billion missle defense system does'nt work!! That's good old fashion american technology...

    December 16, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ed Bailey

    I am in several personal delimas.I hate my government because it is a total failure at a big expense.I am still of high respect of our leader because of hope he truly is 'not another crook' and somehow you can unravel this mess to the satisfaction of the unhappy masses.

    I know your timing as president sucks and the actions of crooked and corrupt government agencies that made my disabled wife and i homeless are not your fault. Faith gets hard and loyalty is too but be honest to us,and don't back down from what's right mr. president and you will get my vote again!

    December 17, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |