November 15th, 2009
01:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton: U.S. not interested in long-term presence in Afghanistan

(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday the primary U.S. mission in Afghanistan is defeating al Qaeda, rather than making a long-term commitment to rebuild the country.

"We're not interested in staying in Afghanistan; we're not interested in any long-term presence there," Clinton told the NBC program "Meet the Press."

"We want to get al Qaeda, we want to disrupt, dismantle and defeat those who attacked us, and we want to be able to give the Afghans the tools that they need to be able to defend themselves," Clinton said.

On the ABC show "This Week," Clinton said she has "made it clear" the United States won't provide civilian aid to Afghan government agencies without an effective certification process that shows the money will be spent on its intended purposes.

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Updated: 1:50 p.m.

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. MRTexas

    This President is for real...it's so hard for the losers here to get it! They voted for that failure Bush...twice! He rushed to war (no WMD...never brought Bin Laden to justice) and cost of Trillions of $$$ almost bankrupting the country. Now the folks who hate this black President have nothing but complaints for the rest of us...never once trying to join with us to make our country stronger. They don't listen, just whine and complain...yea, that's helping us...sure it is??? Just keep listening to FOX propaganda, and hate radio...keeping yourselves informed with those lies and half truths...???
    Kudos to Obama and Clinton for working to get Afghanistan right!!!

    November 15, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Houff

    HJA– You paint an incomplete picture of our country. Perhaps we do the things you say, but we also invent most of the medicines and gadgets and tools that make life easier the world over. We provide aid to to poor and downtrodden all over this world. We provide military protection and rescue from catastrophes on a world-wide basis, when the so-called "better" countries turn their backs. The USA feeds this world. Please don't forget these attributes of our "evil" country.

    November 15, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. No Hillary = No Obama

    We will be in Afghanistan forever if the goal is to defeat al Qaeda – that is ridiculous. That is there home, we are the invaders. This is known as Obama Denial. Obama cannot make a decision about what to do because he's afraid of making a mistake. He's frozen in his own ego. Sending more troops and spilling more American blood is as criminal as the acts of al Qaeda. End the Bush Wars now.

    November 15, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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