October 5th, 2009
08:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Gates: US is in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future

Clinton and Gates spoke with Amanpour Monday in an interview set to air on CNN.
Clinton and Gates spoke with Amanpour Monday in an interview set to air on CNN.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates declared Monday that the United States will remain in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future, no matter what President Barack Obama decides on immediate troop levels.

"We're not leaving Afghanistan," Gates said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour that also included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"There should be no uncertainly in terms of our determination to remain in Afghanistan and to continue to build a relationship of partnership … with the Pakistanis," Gates said. "That's a strategic objective."

Watch Amanpour's full interview with Gates and Clinton Tuesday at 3 pm ET on CNN.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. American Citizen

    Here is a summary of today's events: Obama could only get 150 doctors to support his bill, some early trick or treaters were arrested in Washington, Letterman has now said sorry more than Obama in the past week, and apparently we don't have a commander in chief anymore?

    October 5, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  2. Mark

    Unless Obama tells him to Then Gates will be saying it was the best idea ever!

    October 5, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  3. Rosalita

    Didn't Obama blast McCain in the campaign for saying essentially the same thing? McCain wisely stated that the war or terror could take decades, even longer. Obama blasted him for it, and now it's the centerpiece of his foreign policy for Afghanistan. This guy is unbelievable.

    October 5, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. Carrie Hall

    Why don't you take your butt over there to Afghan and Iraq Gates, Congress, House.....all of you in the US Govt????????Apparently, you don't see the reality of these wars; saving face,saving somones ass and typical political bantering. If We the People do not stand up and stop this madness; we will soon be facing another Vietnam!
    We lost a US soldier in Iraq last week( my spouse is currently serving in Iraq), but THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DID NOT HEAR ABOUT HIS DEATH IN THE MEDIA? Why the shift away from Iraq media? America needs too start seeing the faces of the men and women whom have sacrificed their lives. Maybe that will wake them up in Washington!

    October 5, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    If we'd gone in there full-force instead of fighting what Cheney and Bush concocted, we might be getting out of there now.

    Mission accomplished, W?

    October 5, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. GARY

    We need a surge, the President knows it, the country knows it, even the liberals know it. It you let the Taliban to take over again they would go back to oppressing and abusing woman.

    October 5, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    "But we can't decide what to do why we are there? Barack had a "plan" when he was campaigning last fall, but the computer it was on was stolen by Sara Palin and we no longer have a plan. " Please call this new White House hotline if you know where Obama's plan is, we are offering a reward" Gibbs added.

    October 5, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. Paul Walker

    Then for goodness sakes send more troops and equipment and get the job done right. We lost eight of our boys today, this is tragic and could of been prevented. We have the most advanced military the world has ever known! All indications are the Obama Administration is caving to the left, this is totally unacceptable. Maybe the left should explain to the family's of our troops that died why thay are opposed to war, and how the President has vowed in his campaign to win the war in Afghanistan and bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice! We are holding the President to his word!

    October 5, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  9. di

    The UN needs to send more troops! Why must America always sacrifice their boys and girls? Obama should bring our kids home!! It is clear his heart is not with them! He needs to listen to the troops in the line of fire.

    October 5, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. vick

    I think US will not win the war and we should leave Afgan because those people are crooks anyways... we need to end this war asap were going broke really fast

    October 5, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  11. Farrell in Houston

    There is something wrong with the Karzai led government which is supposedly a democracy according to the Bush administration, it's time to get the whole truth before we send more troops. We need answers or withdraw the troops.

    October 5, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. rjt

    funny how some people like obama and hillary pushed for timelines (be set for troops to pulled outof Iraq) so hard in the election...now when they have to deal with the same question over a surge or pull back out, they refuse to set time lines

    October 6, 2009 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  13. lila

    Why does America have to do it mostly alone? Is it pipelines? I don't get it.

    October 6, 2009 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  14. Jacob

    what a shame!
    of course protecting Afghanistan is more important than restoring our own country...

    October 6, 2009 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  15. Jeff

    I wonder why the thought of Secretary of State Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates carrying the banner for the United States doesn't make me feel better?

    October 6, 2009 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  16. keith

    As long as Afghanistan is a major oil pipeline route the USA will be there in full force, all other reasons are supplementary.

    October 6, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  17. Mike B.

    When will Washington wake up...

    You can't win a war if your playing by different rules.

    Money, troops and technology won't win this war. If Canada or the USA were attacked every man/woman and child would fight the occupying force to the bitter end... we can not expect less from the enemy.

    One way to win is to annihilate the source of Taliban money... drugs. We all know there is too much at stake and that will never happen. Local police forces cannot even stop local grow operations in North America much less a huge mountainous country like Afghanistan.

    There will be resistance in Afghan forever... The only way to win is genocide and we all know that is not an option.

    We created rules for war which has inhibited our ability to win.

    October 6, 2009 12:57 am at 12:57 am |