December 1st, 2009
08:55 PM ET
7 months ago

Bash: Alexander is on message

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said he supports the mission change, but he has concerns about the exit strategy.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said he supports the mission change, but he has concerns about the exit strategy.

(CNN) – Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said he supports the mission change, but he has concerns about the exit strategy.

"My major concern is that the administration is more focused on an exit strategy than a success strategy," Alexander said. "An exit strategy should come only after we've achieved success."


Filed under: Afghanistan • Lamar Alexander
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. terry,va

    Obummie you can't say you are leaving before you get started. When everyone knows you will chicken out before you play the game, why start? You would have been a joke in driving to the edge of a cliff man game. What a Potsie!!!!

    December 1, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. jon,philadelphia

    Since Bush/ Cheney never had exit strategies I find it refreshing that someone is finally looking for the exit.

    December 1, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. Hendrik

    Where does Dana Bash get the idea that Alexander is "on message". What on earth does John King's wife talking about. Since Bash and King love to cover the Republican campaigns back 12 years, gives one an idea about their political slant. Paranoia on my part – I don't think so.

    December 1, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Dee

    Did he (or anyone else for that matter) question Bush's non-existent exit strategy???

    December 1, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Ivan

    Senator Alexander you must be a fan of the 100 years WAR.
    I would like you Republican to define success, not in broad terms but with specifics.
    If you wanted to fight a real war the Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld the Three Stooges, you and your fellow Republkicans the Keystone Cop would have increased the size of the military. A real war can not be fought only with volunteers as is obvious by now. We do not have the numbers to wage a never ending war.

    December 1, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. not alone

    ya getting out of three years might put a dent in them rich war mongers pockets.

    December 1, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  7. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    The exit strategy pushes Afghan leadership to seek success!

    December 1, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. Angela in Denver

    Who cares if you Republicans are concern with an exist stategy. You are so blind, can't see clearly how to exit an open door. I am done with you trifling nuts.

    December 1, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee doesn't have much of a military mind, if he has a mind at all. When one goes into a fight he should know as much as possible before throwing the first punch and that includes knowing when to duck and which way to run if you have to. It includes knowing which door is the best exit so that time is not wasted and unnecessary risk are not taken when it is time to leave. One should be just as interested in and comfortable with an exit strategy as he is with a winning strategy.

    December 1, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  10. Walter Lamb

    Senator Alexander apparently has no idea what an exit strategy is, which is unfortunate. President Bush and Vice President Cheney decided to villify this established, non-partisan military principle to deflect criticisms that they had no exit strategy. An exit strategy is not a retreat strategy or a failure strategy. It is simply a strategy for ensuring that a military engagement won't drift along endlessly. To say that an exit strategy should only be considered after the success of the engagement is like saying one should only put on their seat belt in the event of a crash.

    December 2, 2009 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  11. Dan

    Give a man a starving man a fish and he'll be hungry again tomorrow.
    Teach a man to fish and he'll never be hungry again.

    If the teacher says he'll stay until the starving man has the hang of fishing means the man doesn't need to learn to fish.

    We are teaching Afghanistan and Pakistan, giving them the opportunity. If they don't take the opportunity, it's their loss. There is no reason for America to spend $50-100 billion each year in Afghanistan if the people of Afghanistan aren't willing to fight for their freedom.

    December 2, 2009 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  12. Jim in Idaho

    In that case I guess president Bush ought to have announced plans for an exit strategy just shortly after he claimed "Mission accomplished" on an aircraft carrier–how many years ago? I'm sorry, did I miss his exit strategy announcement sometime during the last 8 years?

    You know Lamar Alexander was former Secretary of Education under President George Bush Sr., and said this: "'You can't be an educated participant in our democracy if you don't know our history.”

    Sounds like Lamar forgot his own GOP history while he was doing so little for education in this country.

    December 2, 2009 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  13. normajean

    Interesting how the Republicans can always come up with an idea after the fact.I do believe that they also now have a health care plan, however we haven't heard what it is yet and sick people just keep on dying every day. What do they care they're covered.

    December 2, 2009 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
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