October 5th, 2009
08:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Gates: Taliban has the momentum in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that the Taliban insurgency currently has the momentum in Afghanistan, and a Taliban takeover of the country would empower the al Qaeda terrorist network.

"Because of our inability and the inability, frankly, of our allies to put enough troops in Afghanistan, the Taliban now have the momentum," Gates said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour that also included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Gates added that an eventual Taliban victory would provide "added space" for al Qaeda to set up in the country and enhance recruiting and fundraising, bolstered by the perspective of a second victory over a superpower by Muslim forces after driving out the Soviet Union in the 1980s.


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  1. terry, va

    The Taliban will win unless Obamie gets a spine. What happened to this is "the war of necessity"? As predicted by any one that had any sense, he will cut and run. He is all talk and no spine.

    October 5, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Moe, NY

    I agree with you Secretary Gates, the Taliban certainly does have the Momentum in Afghanistan. Here is my strategy, and I am not exactly proud of it, but...here goes: Level those mountains/caves, GET OSOMA, and then get the hell out. Should have been done to begin with, but NO...the ties between the Bush family and Osama's were too tight. Bet I don't see this one on the blog, but oh well...I put it out there! By the way, this stratgey would, also, save lives in Afghanistan...just it over with!

    October 5, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Gee – too bad we wasted all those resources getting the man "that wanted to kill my daddy".

    Totally ignored the people that attacked us – now we're short-handed. Good job W. (Mission accomplished).

    October 5, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. ComradeObummer

    Of course they do with OBOZO sitting around being indecisvie.

    Who is pulling this BOZO's strings?

    October 5, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. No Hillary = No Obama

    Get out of that country – there is no war to be won there only American lives sacrificed. I wish Obama would show as much backbone as he showed his braggart ways during his primary run when he kept reminding everyone he didn't vote for the Iraq War.

    October 5, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  6. Eileen

    This is not an unexpected development. Clearly if we had been fighting this war from the beginning and had not been bogged down in a bogus fight in Iraq all these years, this situation in Afghanistan would be under control.
    George W. Bush – the gift that just keeps on giving...

    October 5, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  7. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    If we are to drive Muslim terrorists from all possible countries of refuge, that smells like a plan to chase them all over the face of the earth. Can Obama and his insubordinate general McChrystal be serious?

    October 5, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  8. Farrell in Houston

    Does Karzai support the Taliban or al Qaeda, we need answers from him before we send more troops. Bush always supported the fact that Afghan had a democracy under Karzai, so what's the real truth.

    October 5, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. Nea

    All i can say is I PRAY for President Obama because he really have a tough job on his hands i know that this is not a easy job all the responsibility falls on him so no matter what his advisor says or anyone else for that matter it still comes back to what do the President wants, So i really PRAY tha GOD will give him the wisdom he needs.

    October 6, 2009 01:14 am at 1:14 am |