August 17th, 2009
10:46 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama shifts focus to Iraq, Afghanistan wars

 Roland Rochester says he's confident President Obama will handle the Iraq and Afghanistan wars well.
Roland Rochester says he's confident President Obama will handle the Iraq and Afghanistan wars well.

PHOENIX, Arizona (CNN) - President Obama will take a brief hiatus from his health care push on Monday and turn his focus to the wars in Iraq in Afghanistan.

Obama will address the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Phoenix, Arizona, where he'll talk about where the United States stands in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the impact the men and women of the Armed Forces have had in those countries and the United States' responsibilities to maintain the world's finest military, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

Nearly 13,000 VFW and ladies auxiliary delegates are expected to be at the convention, where veterans have high expectations for the president.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Bluebonnet

    He should stay focused on the wars instead of spending more and more of our money flitting around on Air Force One "campaigning" for his Obamacare.

    August 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Counting the days until the Obamanation is GONE and America can prosper again

    Ahhh, the bait and switch. Let's get everyone stirred up about the wars so they forget about Health Care and the Stimulus package and the mess of TARP and the mess of Cash for Clunkers. That way the Democrapic leadership can do what they want while the teleprompter head just spins away.

    August 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. sam

    I really hope that Obama dont back away from the public option. I will be diappointed but I will not stop surporting him. We need teh public option. I will never the GOP because they want him to fail and not help. The party of NO NO NO....

    August 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. dominican mama 4 Obama

    I guess this will be a 'working' vacation for the President. Thank God he's got the stamina for this job. Looking at previous presidents, who would've thought the job was so demanding and time-consuming (100 books read per year Shrub?!).

    August 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. MATT, MASSACHUSETTS

    15,000 x 2 15,000 is the number of killed Russian troops when they fought in Afghanistan for 12 years 100,000. 15,000 is the number of killed british troops when they fought in Afghanistan. Add 40,000 wounded for both the Russians and Britsh and you have 110,000 casualties for armies who have tried to fight in Afghanistan.

    Afghanistan is spelled V – I – E – T – N – A – M

    August 17, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Face reader in Texas

    Its a shame when we have no choice but to keep these wars going just to keep the economy afloat.You think it may have been planned that way?Cheney knew if he crashed the bus into the river it would keep them bogged down for years and off of his criminal trail.

    August 17, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Steve in CT

    Being a veteran should be a prerequisite to becoming Commander-In-Chief. If that were the case perhaps Clinton wouldn't have given the US Navel Base in Long Beach to the Chinise for importing their goods. But as a draft dodger he didn't see the issue. If you want to lead the military you need to understand the military.

    August 17, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Sam I Am

    Wow! Obama is working on vacation?!?!?! Bush was always on vacation when he was supposed to be working! And "counting the days" I seriously doubt you can count that high. Have someone help you. Did you happen to notice what the economy did during your king, Bush's administration? Does that seem to be "prosperity" to you. You are an idiot.

    August 17, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Aaron B.

    I have an Idea. . .
    Why don't we go to Afghanistan and talk to some of those conservative soldiers DYING for our freedom. . .
    from England, and Germany . . . and see if these conservative soldiers fighting terrorist hate their "communist/ socialist" Health Care. . .
    How about it. . . will you actually post my thought CNN?

    August 17, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Mississippi Mike

    He does have two wars to win and several other potential military situations he needs to firmly confront. Could foreign wars really be the thing that saves us from Obama's disastrous socialist policies?

    August 17, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Scott, Tucson

    I guess Rochester forgotten when Obama wanted to have our war vets those who have private health insurance policy, to pay for their own war wounds. And Obama was taken back when there was an outcry over his lamebrain ideal and he criticized the vets for not being patriotic. 2012 can't come soon enough!

    August 17, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Don in Albuquerque

    If you lose the public option, forget it. Alvin and the
    Chipmunks could lead this country, and its people deserve no better.

    August 17, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Johnny DC

    Wait, we are still in Iraq?

    I thought Senator Obama promised to end Iraq by mid-2009, and have all of our troops back home?

    August 17, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. stormerF

    How come we are not hearing about how much this war is costing us? Obama's war is costing us billions and billions and we have 60,000 troops there and he wants to send another 30,000. I thought he was going to bring the troops home?. Are we getting oil from Afghanistan? or is it Opium?

    August 17, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    July was the deadliest month in Afghanistan since hostilities there began. August is not looking any better.

    Where's the media coverage?
    Where's the liberal outrage?
    Where's Code Pink?

    August 17, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Tom in Delaware

    Wow! You know Obama is in trouble when he wants to talk about Iraq and Afghanistan rather than Healthcare.

    August 17, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. yuri

    The opinions are divided, of course, about US involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. Again, there just are too many stands and positions at stake, but we do not want US to become another USSR in Afghanistan, because the debacle can be devilishly dreadful.

    August 17, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Alfred E. Neumann

    Far Lefties – this was the man who was going to get us out and get health care reform. Nada and more nada!

    Too baddddddddd, So Saddddddddddddd!

    August 17, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. William, from Cali

    A VFW Convention!..... of old soldiers in Phoenix? to address concerns for the Wars going on in Iraq and Afghanistan...........now that's a Change ...of focus!

    August 17, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Republicans are the American Taliban

    The Taliban have the Republicans here, fighting against democracy every day filling our airwaves with fear, hate and lies.....

    August 17, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. doug

    Well how about the recent poll numbers again. Not good for Bobo. 57% say the stimulus is not working. Shocking. 60% say i will never work, even in the future. Bobo's approval rating is down to 47%. Surprising it is that high. I agree with some on here, America will return to prosperity when this inexperienced stooge is gone. If you vote democrat again in the next elections, you DESERVE what you are NOW getting! They have been in control for over 3 YEARS now and look where it got this great nation. High unemployment, record deficits, spending gone wild and government TAKEOVER of privately held companies. And you wonder why you are in the worst recession since WWII. Oh, and I forgot to mention the drafting of the stimulus bill with all that great language in it that allowed the payouts of the millions of dollars for bonuses. Who drafted that bill again? DEMOCRATS!

    August 17, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    The only reason to be in an armed conflict like Afghanistan is to win it. The way we keep Afghanistan from becoming another Vietnam is to support our military and let them do their job. They can.

    Remember Hillary Clinton declaring that Iraq was unwinnable? Do you think she was just being a self-serving politician or was this based on her military expertise?

    August 17, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Tony

    NOBAMA is lost outside of Chicago.

    All his promises are going by the way side. He cannot lead without a teleprompter and then it is suspect. He has no plan for Iraq or Afghanistan. He promised to be pulling out..... now he finds out that he can't. Exactlly what he was told.

    I hope the next 3.5 years fly by so we can get this idiot out of office..............

    August 17, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |