October 28th, 2009
08:37 AM ET
8 years ago

McCain: Why we can - and must - win the war in Afghanistan

John McCain says America must win the war in Afghanistan.

John McCain says America must win the war in Afghanistan.

The following is a commentary from Sen. John McCain:

WASHINGTON (CNN) - For the first time since September 11, 2001, America is having a vigorous national debate about how to succeed in Afghanistan. This debate is entirely worth having. Whenever America sends its citizens into harm's way, it must do so with eyes wide open.

Though no veteran would ever think of himself as "pro-war," I believe that the fight in Afghanistan is critical to our national security. Our goals there are achievable and success is worth the continued sacrifice.

We must succeed in Afghanistan for many reasons, but one stands above all: the world walked away from Afghanistan once, and it descended into a cauldron of violence, hatred and human rights atrocities that served as the base for the worst terrorist attack in history against our homeland.

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  1. Waiting for 2010

    Obama keeps voting "present" on this issue, what more do you want from the man............a decision. His track record of voting present should have been a clue for all you that missed it.

    October 28, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. lovable liberal

    Why does John McCain constantly get his simplistic nonsense into the media? Why do journalists love him so much?

    October 28, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. larry

    Bush walked away from Afganistan for Iraq and you didn't have a problem with that. McCain you have no credibility.

    October 28, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Tim in Minnesota

    Sane junk he's spread before. Three things: 1) Please senator, define our goals in this misguided war, 2) Please get your facts straight. The world did not walk away from Afghanistan once. Several countries have been at war here and none have succeeded. Unwinnable, John. You're delusional and, 3) Stop using fear as a politcal tactic.

    October 28, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Garrett

    John is right – – he would have made a better President. Is it too late to change our minds?

    October 28, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Jay

    And can you answer why we are still there in the first place with all your profound knowledge? How is our occupation in an irrelevant country helping us? We're spending billions that could be spent here.

    October 28, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. not alone

    Please be real McCain,you must beforgetting where you spent all that time as a POW.You can't win this war, it's been tried for centuries with no one not even the Russians and they war right next door.so wake and face the fact we need to go where ever the terrorests are and what country they are(yes special opps) currently recruitinn and hinding and stop try to meddel in other countries affairs.Thats whats gotton us in the mess to begine with.
    Bush didn't want a war there so why do you think Oboma does,it's time to bring the men of women of the country home and take care of our own.America cann't be the worlds police force any more.We have to many problems here with crime,hard drugs(I for one believe prohabition not working),and a badly negitive job ratio(ya you and Bush gave away all our jobs along with all the other crooks in washington Dems and Reps alike)..So please stop your yappin and let folks in the know get us out of these messes or even help to solve the issues like you where elected to.

    October 28, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Hall for Obama

    To bad John McCain did not know this before now.

    October 28, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Virginia

    This old war horse wants to keep a conflict going somewhere in the world 24/7. He comes from a military family, and like General McCrystal thinks keeping a war going justifies their existance. I cannot fathom why these republicans are so blood thirsty and want us to be fighting someone all the time. We all know now how Bush bullied other countries and now they hate us. Obama is just now creating an atmosphere that puts us in a better light with the world. Just put a republican in high office and we will have another war going before we can end the two they started.

    October 28, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Duck Fallas

    This would have made a lot of sense SIX YEARS AGO when you and the chicken hawks diverted resources to IRAQ. Too late now buddy, get out of the way and quit being subversive.

    By the way, aren't you the dope that tapped Palin for VP? Good judgement.

    October 28, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Katherine

    John, there is a reason why you were not elected president. We have been in Afganistan for the past 8 years as well as Iraq and we are not winning either "war". We aren't winning because no one can win. Our equipment is worn out, our armed forces are on their second/third tour. We are fighting drug cartels over there when we should be using our resources here in this country. We always unlimited resources to fight wars while the rest of the country is cutting programs in education, human services, law enforcement and border security. Wake up old man, you need to take Cheney and Palin and retire and let the president we elected do his job.

    October 28, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Say What?

    Six months ago this same military genius said that, after Iraq, our troop would have it easy in Afghanistan. Too bad he never paid attention to the British or Russian experiences there in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Senator McCain has lost the last shred of his remaining credibility with most Americans.

    October 28, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Same old argument used in Vietnam and Iraq wars. Seems we never learn from history.

    October 28, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Veteran

    Bidens kid isn't over there anymore, so it's no longer a priority to anybody in this administration.

    October 28, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. LacrosseMom

    REALLY? How? The British fought in Afghanistan for 80 years!

    The Soviets fought against the Taliban for 10 years & left!

    Why would we be different!? Interesting how the Bush Regime focused ALL the money & power on Iraq, when there were NO nukes, NO WMD's and NO terrorists there..... until we invaded Iraq! It was OIL, of course.

    ALL of a sudden the Republicans are demanding action and escalation in Afghanistan, when for EIGHT YEARS did IGNORED Afghanistan!

    It was President Obama who RAISED the Troop level upon taking Office!

    62% of Americans believe Afghanistan is another VIETNAM!

    (excuse the yelling)


    October 28, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Kim in MN

    Why, why do we continue to engage other nations in killing their people in the name of what we believe to be "good for the world".

    In the past 50 years of engaging other nations for this cause can we say that we have really won any of them, if so at what expense.

    I know it's good for companies who provide militar hardware and ordinates but at what cost to human life. We don't like abortion but we don't mind war?

    October 28, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. g

    seven years to late john, afganistan, iraq, pakistan,one big mess

    October 28, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. GaVoter

    McCain would have made a strong and decisive president..., instead of our current weak and divisive president.


    October 28, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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