July 4th, 2010
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Critics press Obama on Afghanistan withdrawal deadline

The Afghan ambassador to the U.S. told CNn Sunday, 'if you over emphasize a deadline that is not realistic, you are making the enemy a lot more bold.'
The Afghan ambassador to the U.S. told CNn Sunday, 'if you over emphasize a deadline that is not realistic, you are making the enemy a lot more bold.'

(CNN) - The July 2011 deadline to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan is unrealistic and unhelpful, Afghan Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

"First, if you over emphasize a deadline that is not realistic, you are making the enemy a lot more bold," Jawad said. "You are prolonging the war. That deadline should be realistic. The line should be based on the reality on the ground and we should give a clear message to the enemy, to the terrorists who are a threat to everyone, that the United States, NATO, Afghans are there to finish this job."

He continued, "If that's not the feeling, we lost the support of the Afghan people, and also make the neighboring countries of interest a lot more bolder to interfere in Afghanistan."

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Rick

    Eisenhower ( Republican) sent advisors to Vietnam if I'm not mistaken

    July 4, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Tony Oakland, Ca.

    Okay Mr. Jawad, let's leave the commitment totally open in Afghanistan with no withdrawl dead line date (a message to some of the corrupt people within Afghanistan) and stay as long as it takes....no matter what. And since war is so very expensive, and our deficit is an issue....let's start garnishing 90% of your income from each paycheck towards the war effort you so boldy support in such unlimited fashion.
    I'm so glad you volunteered your opinion and services..........

    July 4, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Keith in Austin

    This is because Democrats don't start wars......they finish them.........

    Go Obama.........

    July 4, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Perry

    Afghanistan is going to end up in the hands of the people who want it most. We don't want it. If the Afghan government wants it, I suppose they should take this time to step up to the plate instead of complaining.

    July 4, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Dave

    When the issue requires knowledge beyond Chicago streets politics, and beyond "smart elite pseudo-intellectual" skills of the "saloon European style progressive" our president is at total loss! War is not his forte (what is his forte besides campaigning, is above my pedigree)

    July 4, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. AqChicago

    Lets talk about now and the next six months vs. post Jul 2011. Everybody wants to be a visionary and criticize about the Jul 2011 deadline.....There is always room, and most likely, Obama may have to move it to a later date, especially if there is a need and if we can sustain this war financially. It is the conservative republicans who want to hear what they want to hear....."no deadlines and we will fight this war as long as it takes and as much as it requires"......actions not words matter the most. Additonally, as republicans talk about fiscal responsibility, they happily ignore the cost of a war or the cost of a wall st. induced deep recession, which is a making of their own..... i mean spending on wrong war in Iraq vs. Afghan and letting Wall street run down our system...

    July 4, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Get a clue ..................

    More top "brass" officers within the Al Qaeda have perished under Obama's command. Obama ahsn't apologized to Afghanistan, Iraq, or Somalia. Obama takes the issues "head on". Many people who are Republicans have unfounded criticisms not based in reality. The gulf, economy, health care, war, immigration, and energy policy are all problems Obama has the courage to "face". He is not like Republican President's who, "kick the can down the road", so the problem gets inherited by some other President. And all you Conservative folks out there are upset he tackles those problems your Prsident's burried in the "sand". For this reason, your President's have failed..........
    Therefore, based on the record, Obama will announce the situation and inform critic as conditions on the ground evolve. I was in the Army 10th Mountain Corp Infantry in Somalia. I can honestly say conditions in a combat zone change from week to week. So pondering what condition will be in Afghanistan 1 year from now is ridiculous. The political timing of this question is designed to help Republicans in midterm elections for November.....but it won't..........

    July 4, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Dee

    The military establishment wants to "finish the job". Obama is told on one hand to "win" the war and on the other to get out. The get out people will call him a coward and loser if he does leave prematurely. It is a no win situation. Personally, I would bring all the troops home and say the heck with it. But then again I would never have sent them into these places in the first place. This is the conundrum of Vietnam all over again. I thought we said "never again". Sorry folks but I have to blame the Bush Administration for the war mess. They thought we were invincible. Now the Obama Administration or the next one in office has to clean up the mess. PS-I blame corporate America and their greed for the economic mess. PS2-The oil spill was an accident. One that was bound to happen sooner or later. Unfortunately, it was underwater in the Gulf of Mexico. If anyone, anywhere knew how to fix it do you think it would still be leaking? In today's "not me" world we have to find someone to blame even if we trip over our own shoelace.

    July 4, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. JohnGalt Black Hills/SD

    We've done enough, we're spitting in the wind. This was a GWBush failure, the wars, the economy, slashing regulations for energy, and financial oversight set us up for a knee to the groin. Thanks for nothing GOP conservatives, we should all be careful because it is tick season.

    July 4, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Patrick B

    Everyone here needs to stop following the sound bites. While I am no fan of President Obama, I think he is smart enough to listen to the Commanders on the ground. If they see this war a winnable, and ask for more time on the ground, President Obama will grant it. He knows that he is in deep trouble over this commitment with both sides. We are allowing the media, and both the Democrats, and Republicans paint our Military and our President into a corner.
    Enough of the right vs left, it needs to be the U.S.A vs whoever our elected officials blame for the terrorist attacks. (Provided of course we have evidence and in this case we do).

    July 4, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Hammerer

    Why would expect obama to withdraw troops as promised after his track record?
    He promised change, transparency, close Gitmo, be president for all of the people, repeal DADT, repair the economy, create jobs, no taxes on the middle class worker, -----– you get the idea.
    Which pledge has he kept? None!

    July 4, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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