December 1st, 2009
08:18 PM ET
11 months ago

Bash: GOP weighs in quickly

(CNN) – The first Republican statement reacting to President Obama's speech arrives.

Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, sounds what will likely be a common Republican theme:

"Announcing an arbitrary withdrawal deadline before these troops even set foot in Afghanistan undercuts their efforts and calls our resolve into question," says Thune.


Filed under: Afghanistan • John Thune
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. RichG

    Obama could cure cancer and the GOP would object.

    December 1, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. vic nashville , Tn

    I watch Indian, Pakistan local news every day I know we are in tough situation
    I never blame Obama

    December 1, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Douglas Moran

    Of course the GOP always will have an excuse to criticize President Obama in whatever question he makes. Why can be united and fight together for a common good. Why the GOP can't be a party that push forward instead of push back? President Obama is doing more that President Bush did. He took power with the worst deficit in our present generation. 2 wars already and unemployment numbers extremely high.

    He is doing his job. GOP Party you did your part and wasn't the best for the last 8 years.

    Douglas Moran
    Minnesota

    December 1, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. Moderate Democrat

    Republicans always have been and always will be cowardly pukes that never set goals, because they are a breed of species that sets it's sights on failure. Thankfully we voted out that kind of retarded and defeatist attitude. America now has a president that sets goals and deadlines, and expects to achieve them.

    Democrats aim for success, republicans count on failure. Republicans suck for that reason more then any other reason!

    December 1, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Moderate Democrat

    ps: Republicans suck for ALOT of reasons, so really hard to say which is the biggest reason of all, but I would lay my hat on their defeatist anti american attitudes that fail to ever reach for success.

    December 1, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  6. Susan

    That's called a PLAN - something we're not used to having!

    December 1, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Andy, Pennsylvania

    Sen. Thune should reconcile the difference between a "deadline" and a "goal." With no goal in sight any effort we undertake is worthless. When do we know that we have succeeded or we have failed? I believe the President expressed a goal for troop withdrawal. Further, the goal expressed is stipulated as being contingent on the situation on the ground.

    I find it offensive that Mr. Thune criticizes without constructive guidance. The United States may be powerful, but it doesn't have endless resources to commit to foreign wars. If Mr. Thune thinks he has better ideas, I encourage him to put his name in contention for the presidency in 2012. If he is unwilling to do that, he can keep his sheeplike bleating to himself.

    December 1, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. Pragmatic

    Of course ... the GOP wouldn't be satisfied with anything the President decided ... wonder if it was McCain saying the same words if the reaction would be the same ...???

    December 1, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. Brenda in Detroit

    Nothing is good enough for these people. Why don't we send in a million troops indefinately. STILL these rep morons would find something to complain about.

    December 1, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. MrManhattan

    And what kind of "resolve" did it show when Little George and Uncle Dick dodged the draft in Viet Nam? Time for the Chicken-hawks to shut up and let real Americans take the lead.

    December 1, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  11. Kate

    Nothing this President can say or do would bring a kind, reasurring word, or support from the Republicans, all they know how to do is complain that Obama isn't doing it right........I am so sick of the GOP I hope they run their own party into the toliet..........I was not for more troops but after listening to Obama I believe he has come up with the best way to fight this war and the best way to end it.........If the Republicans had it their way we would be there for ever, losing more lives, and spending more money........and they complain that Obama and his administration is spending to much money.......remember this all started with Bush/Cheney and the Republicans.....

    December 1, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. John M, NoHo

    GOP Knee-jerk opposition? No! Reeeally?

    December 1, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. mar

    Sen. Thune, the people of SD did not make a good choice which you prove again

    December 1, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. James A.

    I sure hope this is not their theme.

    Just one moment of civility would be nice.

    December 1, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. karen

    maybe the republicans should start thier own country, cause they sure dont want to live in this one. the president gives more troops, but then
    wants them not to stay forever, so now obama is wrong. then they talk of the timming of the exit stragy, is in the time frame of his re-election.what ever obama does will never be liked by everyone, and republicans have to find fault or they will die, but they should know they are on life support already. and if they want to send a note of thanks the need to send it to the troll bush.

    December 1, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    At least we have an exit strategy. This is still bush's war and Obama is now cleaning up after him and darth vader.
    He thought about this long and hard. He didn't just shoot from the hip cowboy style like the last idiot president.
    Mission accomplished in neither country. That whole administration needs to be in jail.
    At the Ravens game on Sunday night three courageous soldiers were introduced to the crowd. It made you feel proud to be an American, but , I still don't know how bush and cheney sleep at night. Then again, darth vader is a vampire so I guess it's easier for him.

    December 1, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. undercuts their efforts and calls our resolve into question

    kind of like announcing 'mission accomplished' too early?

    December 1, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The goal is to start to leave by a certain point. He said that the conditions on the ground will dictate what can be done. I guess that John Thune didn't hear that part; just didn't want to hear anything Obama has to say. Just have to love the open mindedness of some people.

    December 1, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. tjaman

    WOW! That sounds like Thune wants to run over there and HELP! You're right. Having a clear strategy in place _before_ you invade is just confusing and demoralizing. Let's stay another THOUSAND YEARS! What a prize. Thank you, South Dakota, for _that._

    December 1, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |