April 8th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Iraq wrong visit for Obama?

(CNN) - Bobby Ghosh, Senior Editor Time Magazine, tells CNN's Kiran Chetry the president should have visited Afghanistan before he went to Iraq.


Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Sheryl

    Good lord why is this an issue? Is there anything our President can do without being questioned? What is it with you people (CNN)

    April 8, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Elina Mondesir

    I believe that the president is doing a wonderful job. There will always be someone to complain about what you did and didn't do. These trrops really need to feel like they are still important and not forgotten.Good Job Obama.Keep up the good work!

    April 8, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Tammy in arizona

    Afghanistan is not secure enough yet. He will go there when it is secure.
    Its obvious, why would put himself in danger (put us in danger by losing him)

    April 8, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Zee GA

    He was closer to Iraq.

    April 8, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Will-South Dakota

    I'm glad my President made an apprearance there for the US Troops, it's about the TROOPS and President Obama knew that.

    April 8, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. boered1

    NO.. for the entire campaign the radical religious right slammed President Obama for NOT visiting the troops. the fact is more troops are STILL in Iraq than in Afghanistan so by visiting the area with more troops he did the right thing. Just because it was the wrong war to begin with, and the President said that during the campaign, does NOT mean these people should be ignored, that is radical religious rightwing thinking. The very fact that CNN posted this blog shows the radical religious right STILL controls the conversation in this country!

    Bottom line, right thing to do, would it have been better if he had also visited Afghanistan? Yes but there are a few minor problems here at home that need his attention also so overall I think what he did is right.

    Now let the loony left and the radical right spew their hatred to each other and not think

    April 8, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Cheryl Tx

    Iraq wrong visit for Obama?Bobby Ghosh, Senior Editor Time Magazine, tells CNN's Kiran Chetry the president should have visited Afghanistan. ***Why don't you take your A$$ to Afghanistan.

    April 8, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. JL

    Mr. Ghose, please tell me your opinion about President's Obama travel plans is based on something other then HATE?

    April 8, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. IndyVoter

    TO: Michael-USAF Veteran,

    You are NOT an Air Force Veteran. Stop perpetrating and get a life. The fact that you bash the Commander-In-Chief and that you used the term Non-Military rather than "civilian" or "Non-Veteran" is a tell-tale sign to us true Veterans. How do you know what he doesn't know? I am sure that he has been given access to intelligence and has studied up on MILITARY TRADECRAFT (that's the correct word for that long wordy sentence you used "Strategic Warfare, Military Planning, Knowledge of Chain of Command, and terminology of the American Military") that he is well able to do the job that Americans elected him to do.

    April 8, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Jan, from Madison, WI

    So with this GOP Obama can never do anything right, what's wrong if he visited the troops in Iraq? Anything that this guy will do the GOP-NO's will something different to say about him? WHY GOP

    April 8, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Phil from Huntington Beach

    Obama is doing the right thing – there will always be detractors and most of the people I hear complaining about him are too stupid to recognize brilliance when they see it.....

    April 8, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Jerri in ky

    Now that's nitpickin'. What difference does it make, where the president goes first in a war zone. Paaleezze! Ever think he chose Iraq for security reasons? Get a life, if that's all one has to gripe about!

    April 8, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Irene

    This is so funny. The GOP don't get it and Obama's ratings just keep going higher and higher. It's fun to watch the GOP self destruct after all the damage they caused during the Bush/Cheney reign of terror. (I'm still hoping that those guys go to jail for obstruction of justice, torture, etc...)

    Keep up the criticism GOP, it only helps the Democrats when you guys look like total buffons. Also, keep on backing the Palin's. That is just hilarious!!!!

    April 8, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. wil

    What he should have done was left all the press in Turkey so that we didnt know he was there so stupid people like this could not write stories about it.

    April 8, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Sound_Mind

    Mr. Ghosh, he is the President of the country. He may or may not supported the war to begin with. But now he is responsible to conduct them or end them. So there is nothing like Afghanistan is Obama's and Iraq is Bush's. Both are his now. More importantly, the troops are there not by their own choice but to carry out missions that civilian leadership decided. So regardless which frontier they are in, they always deserve the support from their commander-in-chief. Third, Afghanistan's strategy has been just announced and will take a while to turn this war around. But next few months in Iraq is really important in order for the Iraq withdrawal plan to succeed. Finally, it would have been a rude thing from the President to visit bordering Turkey for 2 whole days and ignore 150K US men and women in uniform fighting in a neighboring country.

    So I don't agree with your judgment. I think we have a very decent and intelligent president who knows what he is doing and the last thing je needs is Mr. Ghosh's advice. But thanks for misguided effort though.

    April 8, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Brian

    Our troops already know that Obama failed to visit the wounded in Germany last year and know this is only a politicial stunt of Obama. Obama goes on a world tour putting down the citizens of this country and then makes a pathetic attempt to visit some troops in Iraq. Yes I agree that he should Iraq after Afganistan, however he should have visited the wounded soldiers in Launstuhl first! Obama attempted to gain the troop support for Afgan and therefore that should have been his first visit. The goal of this visit was to gain more troops for Afgan and from what has been reported, Obama failed to accomplish this. Even while putting down the citizens of this country, others continued to ignore the requests for more troops just like with Bush – but you won't read that story anytime soon. Bush also did not accomplish as much as he attempted, however I will always be able to say he never would bow to another while President.

    April 8, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    @ southerncousin, who said "Someone questioned Obama's judgement."

    Not precisely. What he did was invent criticism where none was warranted and then rationalized some cockamamee justification for it. There's a vast difference between honest disagreement and analysis and contrived hypercritical nonsense. The former futhers our progress, while the latter dumbs down the debate in favor of political expedience.

    April 8, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Byrd

    April 8th, 2009 11:59 am ET

    ALL OF YOU B.O. SUPPORTERS who have actually been in the military and faced the enemy face to face hold up your hands. If you recall the military presidential polls were overwhelmihgly in favor of GEORGE W. BUSH. There is a reason for that. They don't need smooth lines and a phony smile to feel that they and their mission is important enough to get the best equipment and total support of THEIR Commander in Chief. I'm sure that his intended Department of Defense budget cuts ARE NOT fodder for his public relations motivated speeches.
    ****************************************************************************
    Dude seriously you need to shut the h3__ up......my uncle who is stationed over there now said he really felt very good about the presidents visit and said some his buddies felt there morale go up...I do not think it was a phony speach he gave to our troops and a lot of them really apreciated it

    April 8, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Debra Austin, Texas

    I just don't know. i think Obama should have worn that blue tie instead of the red one. You know that in and of itself could destroy America's foreign policy. It's probably saying that Obama is really a Communist. But then I think he should go to Sweden next because the 'really Anglo' citizens of the world must be getting worried at all this 'people of color' thing.

    The reality folks is that everybody's got an opinion, most have two. Between the Dopes of Nope and the well wishers, Obama is probably thinking this election thing might have been a mistake. Settle down folks, the guy can't be everywhere at one time. He's friggen doing the best one man can do (and better than anybody else either in the past or recently up for selection).

    April 8, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. naqib

    Steven...
    You were duty bound to support the POTUS... like or not has nothing to do with it. However... you can vote as you wish.

    April 8, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. renea

    Everything the president do is going to be wrong in somebody eyes, even something as simple as this. But in my eyes and far as i can tell he is doing a fantastic job. keep up the good work President Obama Im praying for you.....

    April 8, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Translation: "Check me out [does Arnold Scwarzenegger style flexing pose]...I've come up with a GOP talking point, so put me on the news and pretend it has merit no matter how silly it sounds just so you can claim you are doing balanced and objective reporting!"

    April 8, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. dave

    Nice to know we have a republican in the white house after all :)
    Pleasantly surprised.

    Atlanta

    April 8, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Cleaning up after W

    This is what irritates the hell out of me. If Obama had gone to Afghanistan instead of Iraq, this article would be titled "Afghanistan wrong visit for Obama?" Nothing the man does will ever satisfy everyone. Bobby Ghosh needs to shut up and sit down if he doesn't have anything meaningful to write about.

    April 8, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Scott the Independent

    Can we be mature grown adults for one minute. The American people did not vote for Bobby Ghosh, Kiran Chetry, Rush Limbuh, Rudy Guiliuani or the host of everyone else that seems to know where the President should have gone; what his next steps should be or how he has made a wrong move here or there. If you people were so very professional and capable then you should have ran for President. In light of the fact that you didn't that means you either couldn't handle the responsibilities, didn't want the responsibilities and or would be considered competent enough to meet the repsonsibilities. So will you please stop saying what the President or any other person should or shouldn't have done. You are not the one in charge making the decisions and I for one am very tired of your back seat driving and lack of responsibilitie. You are all becoming increasingly sickening.

    April 8, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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