October 16th, 2009
10:50 AM ET
5 years ago

Clinton criticizes Bush handling of Afghan conflict

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that former President George W. Bush's administration was "unrealistic" in its dealings with the war in Afghanistan.

Clinton told CNN the Bush administration was unrealistic both in terms of the number of U.S. soldiers it committed to the conflict and in its
relationship with certain Afghan political leaders.

The war was "under resourced" since its start in 2001, she said, and she indicated the Bush administration's attention was improperly shifted to Iraq.


Filed under: Afghanistan • George W. Bush • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Shucks

    Call it like it is folks, Iraq is where the oil is. For those of you who don't know it, Bush and friends had oil holdings in Iraq. Why would you go after Osama Bin Laden, instead securing your oil fields. Are Americans really that stupid? I guess I answered myself.

    October 16, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    If the Clintons had not ignored the growing problems during their reign between 1993 and 2001, we might never have gotten in to these conflicts in the first place. All Bill and Hilary were concerned about was their legacy. And now we see it. She is really one to talk.....

    October 16, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. FORMER Republican

    Bush and the neoconservatives diverted our entrusted resources to an unnecssary debacle in Iraq to pursue a disastrous ideology, which left Afghanistan without proper attention for too long.

    What a mess they imposed on our great country. The continued lunacy caused me to disassociate myself from the Republican Party. Never again...

    October 16, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. What have we come to?

    When in doubt (or unable to come up with a solution), always blame your predecessors....

    October 16, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    I agree with her 100% and I hope she and the president keep our great nation going forward .. so to the small groups of rasict hate DEMAGOGUE'S crawl back under the pile of cow dung and shut up . unless you have something productive to say and aren't the mouth peice of the insurance industry .. america is waking up

    FIRE IT UP READY TPO GO

    October 16, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Tom from Roch., NY

    ". . . President George W. Bush's administration was "unrealistic" in its dealings with the war in Afghanistan."

    She's worng. President George W. Bush's administration was "unrealistic"! And, unreal.

    Thank God! Intelligence and sanity is back in the WH!

    October 16, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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