American Sauce: What's the point in Afghanistan now?
Afghan border police force fire towards Taliban fighters at the Traffic Department building with smoke rising from the rooftop in Kandahar on May 8, 2011.
May 9th, 2011
12:48 PM ET
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American Sauce: What's the point in Afghanistan now?

Capitol Hill (CNN) - On Capitol Hill, the end of Osama bin Laden is opening up a new chapter in the debate over the war he sparked. (See what Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, told CNN over the weekend here.) This week, American Sauce burrows into the basic and slippery question of "what is the mission in Afghanistan?" You'll hear a difference between how Presidents Bush and Obama described the objectives and how the military in Afghanistan outlined them to us last week.

This is not just a debate dovetailing on the death of bin Laden. By July, President Obama must outline how quickly he plans to start withdrawing the 100,000 Americans serving in Afghanistan now.

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  1. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Yup... Time to just up and leave the country to the Taliban and AQ like we did decades ago. How did THAT work out for us?

    May 9, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. gt

    we need out right now....no more wound or kill us troops... why are we still there....they hate us and dont want us there anyway...

    May 9, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If we were to leave Afghanistan, the republicans know that their contributions from the defense contractors would be in jeopardy. It looks like we will be in Afghanistan as long as there are republicans in congress.

    May 9, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    The mission in Afghanistan is the same that it has always been. Contrary to popular conservative opinion, Obama has not followed Bush policy in Afghanistan. Bush policy would dictate that he begin and immediate troop draw down-before the situation on the ground had been properly analyzed and stabilized. That was the mistake made in Baghdad, Iraq. Troops were withdrawn while the situation was still fluid and uncertain.

    Ask Sen. Lugar what is his proposal to create or stimulate jobs that are actually located in America, and not merely jobs for American companies for which they get tax breaks?

    May 9, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Bill

    The question isn't Afghanistan, the big question is whether the TSA and DHS have a mission any longer. These organizations are opaque and self-justifying, without credible oversight, checks, or balances. Americans now will need more than anonymous bogeymen and monsters in the closet to justify these continued threats to liberty.

    May 9, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. trololololo

    Epic Fail...

    May 9, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Now that bin Laden is dead and the original objective that was spread around the world was to "capture and kill him" and we did, it's going to be difficult to justify our continued military presence. How and why we got side track in Iraq was a fabricated lie and now our objective has been met, bring the troops home.

    May 9, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. al in memphis

    Look at all those spent bullet shells, what are they a penny each.
    Serious note - ten to twenty years down the road, what do we want to our influences to have impacted. Will it been slowing down the spread of radical terroist or spawing a potlitical climate in that region of the world that make the world a little more stable.
    It's the 21st century and we still have war as a means to change things. That should tells us something about how we're wired.

    May 9, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. GonzoinHouston

    We invaded A-stan because the Taliban sheltered bin Laden and al Qaeda, period. Had the Taliban given up bin Laden in the first place we would have left them to their murderous, oppressive ways. bin Laden is now dead, the most dangerous parts of al-Qaeda are outside of A-stan, and the computers taken from the compound will provide intel to make al Qaeda even weaker.

    There is and never was any mission to make A-stan any sort of democracy, and in any event, it isn't. Karzai stole the last election, remember? When we depart, the Taliban will probably take over again, but I doubt they'll be quite so cozy with al Qaeda.

    May 9, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. fayse

    Admittedly, I know very little about foreign policy or conducting wars however, as a citizen, I feel that this ten year long war has devasted our economy and cost too many lives. I would like to see a draw down of our troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

    May 9, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. ConservaFASCISTS

    We still need to have a presence in Afghanistan to make sure Al Qaeda does not come back into the country and setting up camp again. The U.S. mission should be a counterterrorism effort and not a counterinsurgency. We need to target Al Qaeda in Somalia, Yemen, and wherever they might be. We can't keep a force of 100k + troops in Afghanistan and accomplish that mission.

    May 9, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    President Obama just said again Sunday night that he is going to stick to the timetable of getting troops out of Afghanistan- that means huge numbers will start coming home in July. He has already taken over 100,000 troops out of Bush's war in Iraq. The only thint we have to watch for a little while longer is the possible backlash from President Obama taking out Osama bin Laden. So far, the Muslim world seems glad Osama is gone and are pursuing their own fights for freedom in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Al Qaeda support is dropping. Al Qaeda was seriously damaged with Osama being killed and now true Muslims of peace who want to live in countries with freedom are rising up and fighting for it without US troops on the ground. That is how it should be. Let the UN handle areas of unrest. America needs to focus on our domestic issues and Republicans need to stop trying to get us in more wars and let us cut the Defense budget that is SO bloated with unneeded Defense Contractor buddies of Republicans building items the military says it does not want or need. We could REALLY cut spending and get out of Afghanistan if Republicans would stop being war-mongers.

    May 9, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. diridi

    do not waste a dime in Afghanistan nor Pakistan, nor Iraq. Pakistan is a rogue nation, do not believe, kept Bin Laden, played drama drew 20 billion dollars from us...Bush idiot believed this rogue nation, Pakistan...shame, shame, shame......focus on Oil Independent, produce more energy efficiency cars, and Electric cars...public transportation....focus...good luck...

    May 9, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |