March 2nd, 2009
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Gates calls Pakistan 'most worrisome'

 Afghan and U.S. soldiers walk at the site of a suicide attack outside Jalalabad in Nangarhar province Sunday.
Afghan and U.S. soldiers walk at the site of a suicide attack outside Jalalabad in Nangarhar province Sunday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The "most worrisome" part of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan has become the havens the Taliban and other insurgents have carved out in neighboring Pakistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

Gates said the United States had a similar perch in Pakistan when U.S. and Pakistani officials supported Afghanistan's mujahedeen rebels against the Soviet Union in the 1980s - "and let me tell you, it made a big difference."

"I think as long as they have a safe haven to operate there, it's going to be a problem for us in Afghanistan," he told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

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  1. Jim

    When will we learn that you cannot fight extremists with conventional warfare?? These people live to die a martyr. Death in their jihad is death in honor. A place with the prophet and allah. We try to fight a gentlemen's war according to the Geneva Convention and it will not work.

    We either fight a war that has a great deal of collateral damage, or we lose......

    March 2, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. joeb

    @ had it and Michael M. You are right on the money!

    March 2, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. joeb

    I am sick of reading this crap. We seem to be the only (or almost only) nation to be spending serious money and sending serious numbers of military folk to these places. Where the hell is the rest of the world? It seems to me that most of them are just as affected by this mess as we are.

    March 2, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. ObamaShrugged

    Bill Maher: Are you kidding me. What a joke. If this is what the democrats tolerate then it is no wonder why they are falling apart.

    For the rest of you Bush haters – if W was boss, Pakistan would not be recognizing the Taliban as a political force in their country because they know the Marines would be landing on their shore within hours.

    Thank BHO for the murders of the schoolgirls in the western province and the destruction of their schools. Obama says "Free Burkas for All"

    March 2, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Elizabeth, Philadelphia, PA

    Didn't Gates just say that Iran is grave threat? Is he by any chance a Republican? Beware of another war!

    March 2, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. yuri

    Especially after the Pak. Govt. signed a quasi-peace treaty of sorts with the tribal areas of Swat valley, we reckon. That may prove suicidal, given the past history of taliban regroupin' and renderin' rambunctiously revenge killin'. Military, politial, and social interventions may send some soothing signals and solace to their senses.

    March 2, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. matt

    Saddam needed to go he was a threat to Israel and paid suicide bombers familys $25,000 to kill Israelis should we have occupied Iraq after the war No you can't stop fighting between etnic groups who have been fighting each other for a thousand years the terrorist share one common bond and thats to annilate Israel when the world figures out that its all Israel then were learn how to deal with terrorist

    March 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. walleye

    No more fooling around. I think we should go in there FULL FORCE and clean the terrorist rat nests out. If we are going to do a job, then do it all out or not at all.

    March 2, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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