December 25th, 2008
05:11 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama's intelligence choice

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Watch: CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the challenges facing Barack Obama's pick as director of national intelligence

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  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Does it get any better or is the best yet to come. Obama makes "intelligent" choices.

    December 25, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. Matt of New York

    If Obama is sending 30,000 additional troops into Afghanistan as reported, then he is hardly intelligent. He just sealed his fate as the second President to wage a Vietnam War. If 100,000 Russian troops could not win in Afghanistan in 10 years, we are looking at a very long and very costly (lives and money) failed policy. Actually, Afghanistan would make Vietnam look like a minor skirmish. And now the US is thinking of arming local Afghans to help. Duh – we did that already. We sent money, arms, and training to Afghanistan to help the Afghan freedom fighters defeat the Russians. And the leader of that group that the US funded and armed was ..... Osama Bin Laden. How did that work out for us?

    Obama is falling into the same trap that Presidents and countries before him have fallen into. Waging a costly war in a country that nobody gives 2 cents for, and twhere he only natural resources of Afganistan are heroin and terrorists ...both flourishing.

    NO, Barack may have intelligent sounding people around him, but he is making the same stupid mistakes.

    Afghanistan will be to Obama what Iraq was to Bush -- the cause of his fall from grace, and the cause of the downfall of his administration after only 4 years ..... Bush & Obama = Dumb and Dumber

    December 25, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. proudliberal-independent

    another clinton friend. and since when does ex-military start taking over intelligence? intelligence is supposed to be civilian.

    December 25, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. lakeside176

    Personally, I think it is a "wait and see" situation. However, I also believe the best is yet to come.

    December 25, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. alvino

    And only a 83% favorable rating? Some people are not listening.

    December 25, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Matt, you need to remember when the Russians invaded afghanistan, the afghani rebels were supported with arms and munitions by us. The current "rebels" there, the groups affiliated with Al Qaeda and the Taliban have no such backer. Granted, they have a native understanding of the land and access to nearly endless Soviet-era stockpiles but let us be honest, we have the technology advantage and will soon have the intelligence advantage.

    The battle for Afghanistan will be measured by the will of the American people versus the tactics of the Taliban and Al Qaeda

    December 25, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Proud American

    Wow Matt, you lost and it really shows. Are you still the manager of the french fries at Carl Jr.??

    December 25, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Obama is right....

    Matt of New York:

    Obama didn't wage the Afghanistan war. He is inheriting it. We have been in Afghanistan for like 7 years now, and this past year has been the deadliest for U.S. and coalition troops yet., so whatever strategies Bush implemented were obviously not working out too well, right? We are not Russia and we are fighting a very different war over there than was fought prior. Our strategies are different than Russia's were. Everyone, even on the front lines there in Afghanistan, agree that sending more troops is the answer. It's not the only answer that we will be employing, but it will be one. Many people believe that the reason it was so deadly this year was because after the Taliban retreated in the very beginning, we sent a lot of our resources to Iraq and kinda neglected Afghanistan. Well, guess what? The Taliban regrouped and made a huge comeback. The Taliban, though, are starting to lose support amongst the Afghani people. We are waging a PR offensive and it seems to be working, as the casualties went down in the past month or so.

    I fully trust Obama to make the most educated, well thought out decisioins as far as Iraq and Afghanistan go. One of the major differences between he and Bush are that Bush was not open at all to other perspectives on an issue, so he was not able to make the best decisions. Obama is secure enough in himself and his belief system that he is open to hearing and considering and weighing other viewpoints in order to make the best decisions for the country, and that's what I love about him. That's what a true leader does.

    December 25, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Kenneth M. of Flushing Queens

    Matt of NY is backwards, but I am with him on this. No nation has ever gone into Afganistand and come out with a victory. It makes no sense to go into that region to catch 1 person. In this day and age there must be a better way to drop a bomb on Bin Ladin's head then to send ground troops into Afganistand. Talk about using a hammer when a scalpal is needed. And just to set the record right I am pro Obama and was being sarcastic about him eating ham. It was a dig at the GOP. Also, just because I am from Flushing does not make me asian.

    December 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Kim. Dallas, TX

    Matt, one correction, the person who waged war in Afghanistan was Bush and then he quickly turned his back on Afghanistan to go to war in Iraq. We are left as a country to pick up the pieces and try to get the person responsible for all of it, Bin Laden. I didn't agree with the Iraq war; however, the war in Afghanistan if the original reason is worthy, is the war we should focus on. If we really wanted to get the one most responsible for 911, we should have focused mainly on Afghanistan. I don't wish to see another Viet Nam, I am not a warmonger in the least. But if we really look at what's in our best interest, isn't getting Bin Laden worth it? Or do we just turn our back on all of it and leave both countries in a mess (Iraq and Afghanistan) and capable of rebuilding their terrorist network?

    December 25, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Proud American

    Hey Matt, I just heard that Obama will be contacting you for National Security Advice...lolololololololol Village Idiot

    December 25, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. floridajack

    the russians tried to subjugate afghanistan.

    the only reason that we are there is that the taliban and al qaeda were based there and their operatives perpetrated the wtc attack.

    our mission in afghanistan is primarily to root out the taliban and al qaeda. we do have a secondary mission to provide the people with self-governance based on the rule of law, democracy and the establishment of a democratic republic where minority rights are protected.

    apples and oranges.

    still can’t stand that “one of them” was elected president.

    grow up matt.

    December 25, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. Proud American

    Praise God, I will sure sleep like a baby tonight I just heard on CNN that Matt from New York, will be the top National Security Advisor in the new Obama Admin. It's been no stopping this guy every since his promotion of supervisor of french fries at Jack-in-the-box. Let this be a lesson to you young kids with dreams, on in America could this be possible. Great Job Matt. Village Idiot.

    December 25, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Vito

    matt: first off, u don't know anything about what ur talking about

    Obma isn't even president yet! he hasn't made a single executive decision yet, but you say thigs like: " but he is making the same stupid mistakes."

    wait til he's president!

    December 25, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. Jeff From Jersey

    Perhaps he could go to New York to re-enforce the failed war on drugs.Put the pipe down Matt!

    December 25, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Texas Teacher

    Obama is Right... Matt... I agree with you 100%!

    Well said.... simply... well said! 🙂

    December 25, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    Oh, my... I see that Obama is Right was replying to Matt of NY.... *sigh* Well said, Obama is Right! It is you that I agree with 100%. 🙂

    December 25, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. chuck

    He who laughs last will laugh the best.Obama Rules.This is for all you Obama haters. Get a LIFE.

    December 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. Griff

    Stupid! China cannot saver the world currency... Only create more strife fo Africa..... Nobody is listening! The World is Broke....
    China has billions who live of the land..... Nothing to do with the Chinese government.... Africa!....

    December 25, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Remy

    Republican Ronald Reagan created the Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan with the help of Pakistani Islamic Criminal regime. Taliban do not need any GUNS now from USA because Pakistan supply guns to Taliban continuously.

    Pakistan is the country to be dealt with if Americans really want to destroy Taliban! Supporting Pakistan and fighting Taliban is a fun because TALIBAN is well rooted in Pakistan.

    December 25, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. yellow dog democrat

    Obama will not fall into the "trap" he will use intelligence – both inside the political /military circles and the intelligence in his head! We all know the history of Afghanistan....we are not the "Soviet Union" this is not the same "war" -- time will tell - Obama has tto become "President" first......that's how this country works....and basically it works very well....

    We live in such a changed world from the days of Vietnam and even the days when the Soviet Union was involved in Afghanistan....the U.S. should never have gone into Iraq – but since we did – we have to exit correctly.....we can only hope that once we do that nothing comes back to take its place like under Saddam Hussein or worse!

    December 25, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Larry

    "Intelligence" GOOD LUCK

    December 25, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Kenneth M. of Flushing Queens

    Proud American, it hurts Matts feelings when you discount his thoughts and put him down like that. You should try to be more civil. All he is saying is that Afganistand is not a place for us to go in with guns blazing because it has not worked for Hanibal, Gangus Khan, Alexandria the IV or a lot of others. Perhaps if we try to respect the Pashtune and learn about them they will fork Loddy Doddy over. If not, then we can bomb them. No need to bring more troops over there. There is nothing we can't bomb if we try.

    December 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. soulstar

    TO: proudliberal-independent
    December 25th, 2008 6:01 pm ET

    another clinton friend. and since when does ex-military start taking over intelligence? intelligence is supposed to be civilian.

    ex-military IS civilian...just as NOT being IN means being OUT. GHWBush was CIA director...he was also a former service man (fighter pilot)...get a clue before spewing nonsense.

    December 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |