December 8th, 2009
08:29 AM ET
4 years ago

Gates makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Afghanistan.

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday that the United States "will never turn our back" on Afghanistan. Gates, who is on an unannounced visit in the war zone, held a joint news conference with Karzai.

"President Obama is sending 30,000 more U.S. troops, the first of which are scheduled to arrive within days," Gates said. "Afghanistan's international partners have pledged at least 7,000 additional troops; when all is said and done, some 43 nations will make up a force."

Gates also was scheduled to meet with Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, as well as American military officials.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This should help the morale of the troops. While SecDef is over there, I'm sure he'll lay out what the new strategum is.

    December 8, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. M Ariely

    Fighting Bin Laden is the wrong war

    Bin Laden and others are products of educational/preaching system
    What the world cultures and Muslims peace loving should do?

    *Change people's mindset*

    Winning battles without changing people's mind set is meaningless
    Help alternative Islamic doctrines preaching for peaceful coexistence
    with world cultures to gain Muslims harts


    December 8, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. have you gotten anyone else to send troops?

    we need to step back and let others run the show, it is not only our problem, Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Phillipeans

    It is a worldwide problem

    Walk away, let the world decide, either you ante up, or what ever grows in Afganistan is all the nation's fault

    December 8, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Very apropo that the Defense Secretary visit Afghanistan not only to survey the situation first hand, but also to extend personally our support and OUR agenda vis-a-vis our involvement. I can't help but "fondly" reminisce (sarcasm!) how quickly our allies left us in the lurch in Iraq when the shrub and the Prince of Darkness were at the helm. It is good to see our recent efforts at re-establishing diplomatic relations with the rest of the world paying off during this particular effort.

    December 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Oh boy! That'll fix everything. 🙂

    (Make capturing or killing Bin Laden and his cronies the one and ONLY goal or get out NOW!! Enough of this nation building nonsense.)

    December 8, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. P Adams Jr

    I have admired Sec Gates for many years, but he really needs to get out of that administration for his own integrity's sake. He can't keep on lying to the US just to keep Obama smiling. He has to know we will not win in Afghanistan because Obama won't allow it. He has to know he is putting the lives/fortunes of many Americans on the line for Obama's political aims - to be the ruler of the world. All bad!

    December 8, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |