Santorum on Afghan shooting: Someone 'lost it'
March 12th, 2012
11:43 AM ET
2 years ago

Santorum on Afghan shooting: Someone 'lost it'

Ocean Springs, Mississippi (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called Sunday's shooting rampage in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of 16 civilians "obviously horrific" and "very tragic."

"The person that was involved obviously has to be brought to justice and brought to justice quickly," Santorum said.
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Filed under: 2012 • Afghanistan • Mississippi • Rick Santorum
March 11th, 2012
09:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Reid: Afghanistan shooting ‘was absolutely wrong'

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday that the recent shooting of Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier was "very very sad" and that "our hearts go out to these innocent people."

"One of our soldiers went into a couple of homes and just killed people at random - very very sad especially following that incident dealing with the Qurans," Reid, D-Nevada, said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It's just not a good situation. Our troops are under such tremendous pressure in Afghanistan. It's a war unlike no other war we've been involved in, but no one can condone or make any suggestion that what he did was right. It was absolutely wrong."
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Harry Reid • TV-State of the Union
BLITZER'S BLOG: Is it wise to keep spending billions in Afghanistan?
February 27th, 2012
03:23 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Is it wise to keep spending billions in Afghanistan?

(CNN) - It's hard to believe but American taxpayers are still shelling out $2 billion a week in Afghanistan. That adds up to more than $100 billion a year.

Maintaining a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan of nearly 100,000 U.S. troops is certainly not cheap.

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Filed under: Afghanistan
February 23rd, 2012
09:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich first to hit Obama for Afghanistan apology; suggests troop pullout

Spokane, Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich lambasted President Barack Obama for apologizing to Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai Thursday, suggesting the United States pull its troops out of the country after two American troops were killed Thursday.

Gingrich was the first Republican White House hopeful to criticize the president for apologizing after Muslim holy books containing extremist language were burned by NATO soldiers.
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Filed under: 2012 • Afghanistan • Newt Gingrich
Romney blasts Panetta after Afghanistan announcement
February 1st, 2012
10:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney blasts Panetta after Afghanistan announcement

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – Mitt Romney swept into Nevada on Wednesday evening and sharply criticized Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for declaring that the United States and NATO plan to end combat operations in Afghanistan sometime in 2013.

Romney said the public announcement jeopardizes the Afghanistan mission and “our commitments to freedom.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Afghanistan • Leon Panetta • Mitt Romney • Nevada
90,000 new holiday wreaths spark reflection on war
December 10th, 2011
04:59 PM ET
2 years ago

90,000 new holiday wreaths spark reflection on war

(CNN) - Joanne Gutcher sits on the cold ground at Arlington National Cemetery Saturday. For the first time, she is seeing her son's headstone.

Around her, family and friends hold each other, touch the headstone. Among the visitors is Gena Hernandez, who served with Gutcher's son in Iraq. Hernandez believes she wouldn't have made it back without him. He was an excellent gunner.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • President Obama • Washington D.C.
Commanders' view of Afghan drawdown not as simple as Huntsman and Romney say
November 22nd, 2011
10:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Commanders' view of Afghan drawdown not as simple as Huntsman and Romney say

Washington (CNN) – GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman offered differing views on how a president should reach decisions about matters like U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Romney made it clear he believes a president should listen to his commanders on the ground when making such a decision. "The commander-in-chief makes that decision based upon the input of people closest to the ground," Romney said during Tuesday night's GOP debate.

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BLITZER'S BLOG: Fired for telling the truth
U.S. army soldiers at Outpost Monti in Kunar province, on September 17, 2011.
November 7th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Fired for telling the truth

(CNN) – Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller has served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years. He rose through the ranks to become a two-star general. He often risked his life in battle for the United States. Most recently, he's been in the war zone, serving as the deputy commander of the American-led NATO mission to train and equip Afghan forces. In short, he's a real military hero.

But it deeply saddens me to learn that the U.S. Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, has effectively fired Fuller for telling the American people the truth.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • NATO
CNN Poll: Support for Afghanistan war at all time low
US army soldiers from Bravo company 2nd Batallion 27th Infantry rests before a mission with the Afghan army at Outpost Monti in Kunar province, on September 20, 2011.
October 28th, 2011
11:44 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: Support for Afghanistan war at all time low

Washington (CNN) – As the war in Afghanistan passes the ten-year mark, a new national survey indicates that support for the conflict has dropped to an all time low as a growing number of Americans express concern that the situation in the central Asian country has turned into another Vietnam.

According to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Friday, only 34% of the public says they support the war in Afghanistan, one point less than the previous low of 35%, with 63% opposed to the conflict.

Full results (pdf)
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Filed under: Afghanistan • CNN/ORC International poll • Polls
October 20th, 2011
10:47 AM ET
2 years ago

Video: Clinton talks Cain to officials in Afghanistan

(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a moment Thursday in a meeting with Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai to tell Afghan leaders about American presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Also in the meeting were U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, Senior Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Frank Ruggiero, and Gen. John Allen, commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Herman Cain • Hillary Clinton
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