May 2nd, 2012
01:47 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: What we didn’t hear from President Obama in Afghanistan

Washington (CNN) – It was good that President Obama went to Afghanistan to thank the U.S. men and women serving in the military under very dangerous circumstances. I could see on their faces at Bagram Air Base that they were thrilled to meet with the commander in chief.

Unfortunately, some of the nearly 90,000 American troops still in Afghanistan will be killed or severely wounded. Others will come back to the United States suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other long-term ailments. The costs of this war will continue long after all U.S. combat troops are out of Afghanistan at the end of 2014.


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  1. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    At least there is some kind of exit strategy and timetable. Can't say that about the previous administration.

    May 2, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. mo2sleep

    Mr. Blitzer: The above is not a coherent thought. 1) The president did mention the ongoing costs. 2) You fail to state what it is that the president failed to say. You did mention the vague truism that there are human costs of war (yes, we know this – it's war). However, there is no way to discern from your piece what it is you had hoped the president would say.

    Something you failed to mention is that had his insanely trigger happy opponent last time around won, we would have significantly more wars, and therefore significantly more dead/damaged soldiers...

    May 2, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    "Something you failed to mention is that had his insanely trigger happy opponent last time around won, we would have significantly more wars, and therefore significantly more dead/damaged soldiers..."
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    Had a meteor not crashed into earth 65 million years ago, the dinosaurs would have evolved to an intelligent species and they, not us, would be occupying the international space station right now. Prove me wrong.

    May 2, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Eileen Wright

    When will CNN even begin understand that to attract younger viewers, the likes of a Wolf Blitzer is not the way.
    To me, he's like the Town Crier-very dramatic to spark some reaction. But sparks no reaction. Know what I mean? How boring to the 30 somethings. Please modernize your main anchor person, at least Fox news saves the dinosaurs for the later hours. Dinosaurs like Blitzer are happy repeating themselves well into the evening hours with redundant political opinions and old news only a dinosaur can enjoy hearing over and over again. A CNN overhaul is terribly overdue.

    May 2, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Unfortunately, some of the nearly 90,000 American troops still in Afghanistan will be killed or severely wounded. Others will come back to the United States suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other long-term ailments. The costs of this war will continue long after all U.S. combat troops are out of Afghanistan at the end of 2014.

    MR BLITZER ,
    where were you when Bush started this war , why didn't you ask these questions then ?

    Have you ever thought about becoming a weather forecaster , don't !

    Your style of journalism is like being on an iceberg in the Atlantic waiting for the Titanic. Then writing about the disaster !
    Your job is to question , then write the facts that can help to avoid disastrous and costly endeavors !

    May 2, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    There's more, but I don't think I really need more to prove that Blitzer is just selling a baseless talking point in hopes it has wings and births a controversy to bobblehead about in order to fill up the 24-hour "news" cycle...despite it having no legs to stand on:

    "Today, we recall the fallen, and those who suffer wounds seen and unseen."

    "As President, nothing is more wrenching than signing a letter to a family of the fallen, or looking in the eyes of a child who will grow up without a mother or father. I will not keep Americans in harm’s way a single day longer than is absolutely required for our national security. "

    "The number of our troops in harm’s way has been cut in half, and more will be coming home soon."

    "Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, coast guardsmen and civilians in Afghanistan have done their duty. Now, we must summon that same sense of common purpose. We must give our veterans and military families the support they deserve, and the opportunities they have earned. And we must redouble our efforts to build a nation worthy of their sacrifice. "

    Hard to see where Blitzer comes up with Obama not having addressed those issues, WHEN HE CLEARLY DID.

    May 2, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Alexanders

    Acatually Mr. Blitzer is a very fair anchor with the news. I like him and he is doing a great job. Go Wolf!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Had a meteor not crashed into earth 65 million years ago, the dinosaurs would have evolved to an intelligent species and they, not us, would be occupying the international space station right now. Prove me wrong."

    What are you talking about? The Erf is only 6,000 years old and Jesus rode a battle trained dinosaur when he went to war against the Mooslins and struck them down with fiery bolts from his magic shepherd's crook to claim back Jerusalem.

    May 2, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Wolf you’re right ,I saw the happy faces , No one can’t calculate cost of this war

    2008 I was strong supporter Mc Cain , today I am strong supporter of Obama , I want my leader to take smart decision to kill OBL ,Obama did it so I my vote for him

    May 2, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. PJ/TX

    Thank you Sniffit.

    May 2, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "where were you when Bush started this war , why didn't you ask these questions then ?"

    HAHAHAHAHA...and risk the answers creating public pressure that ruins the opportunity to fil up the 24-hour "news" cycle with breathless reporting on the status of a war and such red meat favorites as "what's the death count today, Jim?"???

    May 2, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. vote_them_out

    What we didn't hear, what all Americans wanted to hear from Obama:

    I RESIGN EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!

    May 2, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Thomas

    I apologize Mr. Blitzer ,
    it's just very sad when so much was wasted do to lack of forethought !

    It's better to be cool then reationary !

    May 2, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "where were you when Bush started this war , why didn't you ask these questions then ?"

    HAHAHAHAHA...and risk the answers creating public pressure that ruins the opportunity to fil up the 24-hour "news" cycle with breathless reporting on the status of a war and such red meat favorites as "what's the death count today, Jim?"???

    FACT: THE MSM IS PART OF THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.

    May 2, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Had a meteor not crashed into earth 65 million years ago, the dinosaurs would have evolved to an intelligent species and they, not us, would be occupying the international space station right now. Prove me wrong.
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    That's heresy. I am reporting you to the right wing thought police.

    May 2, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "That's heresy. I am reporting you to the right wing thought police."

    Wow..."right wing thought police"...now there's 4 words that create an oxymoronic effect when placed together if I ever saw one. The thoughtless policing the thoughts of the thoughtless? Intellectual eunuchs, all of them.

    May 2, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. carlos

    boy, such ignorance from the teatards, go ahead and vote for your bishop, together you will own a planet.

    Google: Parley P. Pratt

    May 2, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. carlos

    why would you want to wish death and injury to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces?????? you are truly pathetic and morbid

    May 2, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Joan

    It is really disappointing that some media outlets have become so outspoken and controversial. They seem to want to be making or influencing the news rather than reporting it. Comments are cherry picked from long, important speeches, taken out of context and exploited for days. Blowing issues out of proportion and being outraged about it is not becoming for responsible journalists. Most intelligent viewers just want to know the straight facts and can make up their own minds. I thought that was what fair and balanced reporting was all about. Whenever I hear journalists getting hyper, too personal and sounding as if they think they are really influential, I just switch channels. Works for me.

    May 2, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Embarassed for yourself yet, Blitzer?

    May 2, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. mannycl

    Excellent article. Right to the point. Some people like to go back in history to play the blame game but it doesn't work. He is the president so the ball is on his side and no matter what he says or does he has to assumed reponsibility for his decisions.

    May 2, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. 1st

    With 6 edits in 3 minutes and 51 seconds of film no wonder we didn't hear it. Well according to CNN Wirestaff updated @ 12:12am 5/2/12, "Obama sounded emotional as he said that soldiers could see friends get hurt or killed as the mission winds down. Does Wolf Blitzer still work at CNN? He should have checked the update from the Wirestaff on this one.

    May 2, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. 1st

    It's in Opinion: Obama engaged in a strategic retreat in Afghanistan. By Jeremi Suri, Special to CNN.

    May 2, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    mannycl

    Excellent article. Right to the point. Some people like to go back in history to play the blame game but it doesn't work. He is the president so the ball is on his side and no matter what he says or does he has to assumed reponsibility for his decisions.
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    Pres. Obama does not play the blame game. Republicans drove the car into the ditch, knocking out the windows in the process. Obama gets behind the wheel, starts driving to the repair station. Meanwhile, Republicans are in the back seat complaining about the fact that the windows aren't fixed yet and they're getting rained on. The car has not reached the repair station yet, but at least Obama got the car out of the ditch heading in the right direction.

    May 2, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Excellent article. Right to the point. "

    What point? The article is not only blatantly incorrect, as everyone is pointing out, but it's also barely coherent and devoid of any cogent argument that would support a "point." Rather, this is just another GOP/Teatroll-favoring talking point grenade full of crap-shrapnel and aimed at the public discourse....from the "liberal" MSM.

    May 2, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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