April 8th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Iraq wrong visit for Obama?

(CNN) - Bobby Ghosh, Senior Editor Time Magazine, tells CNN's Kiran Chetry the president should have visited Afghanistan before he went to Iraq.

Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    What Mr. Ghosh fails to realize is that Afghanistan is a very HOT SPOT right now. It's not safe for our President to be on the ground there. The Pentagon doesn't even want the general on the ground. Even if the President did go to Kabul, our forces aren't in Kabul. They are spreadout acroos the country and primarily in the south and border region of Pakistan. Him visiting Iraq was a sign of letting the troops know, that the Iraq war is coming to an end.

    April 8, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. JLP Hawaii

    Once again, they seem to find the negative value of another good intention Obama meant to offer... I'm tired of hearing it. This is why we are considered a nation of whiners in other parts of the world. I travel through many countries and I hear it a lot!

    April 8, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. zak

    Why is there always a reporter standing ready to make a complaint/critique about Obama? Bush never received a third of this coverage/critiquing and made some of the worst decisions ever.

    April 8, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Jo

    I don't think it was wrong. The President have a right to make a secret stop their. Anyway there he can get first hand knowledge of how the troops are doing and if there is any wrong doing going on and not told. People are upset because they wanted to know the President every move and if they would have realized that his life was on the line because of where the plane landed. Taking off at night with no lights on so they wouldn't distract the Iraqies doing their thing. Republicans stop whinning and join the crowd of freedom.

    April 8, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |

    PEOPLE just try to minimize this Guy this is the first time in my life time i see this kind of leadership so, leave him alone and let him do this job that white people couldn't do so well he's the right to visit in Irak and whatever he wants he's their commander in Chief what's wrong with you guys LEAVE OBAMA ALONE

    April 8, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. JA/TN

    i think we elected Obama, where were during the Bush administration, or did you offer him advice on invading Iraq

    April 8, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. JuneBug

    Horray for President oBAMA! Republicans can only hunker down in their private bunkers. Heck, we never saw VP Cheney after 911. He stayed hunkered down most of his term. Idiot.

    April 8, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. oscolobinto

    Obama should not have dressed in a suit when he visited the troops...he shouldn't have smiled when speaking to them...he should have used a teleprompter....he shouldn't have come on Airforce 1....he shouldn't have ......whatever!!!!

    April 8, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. IndyVoter

    This is the most ridiculous argument that I have heard since....yesterday (Gingrich agreeing w/Cheney's absurd comment that Obama has somehow made us less safe). Pres. Obama is the Commander-In-Chief of every US service person in every corner of the globe. It is never out of line to visit, support, commend, award and encourage our troops whether they're in Hawaii, Iraq or here in the US! Plus they were happy to see him. Obama will be in Afghanistan plenty over the next four years. This argument is a waste of media time and energy....NEXT!

    April 8, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Just another American

    So if military experience is necessary to be president, when was Bush in the military and what did he do when he was enlisted?

    April 8, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. lisi

    You know it's really PATHETIC!! No matter what the President does they will find fault in everything. If he'd gone to Afghan first they would have called him out for disrespecting the troops in Iraq, or not caring.
    By the way I heard he actually walked on water last week, (They called him out for not wearing shoes when he did).
    Oh well you win some you lose some hmm?

    April 8, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. southerncousin

    Someone questioned Obama's judgement. Quick libs attach Ghosh, make sure he never writes anything but praise. We don't want that pesky free press showing its head or George Soros will lose money.

    April 8, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Dan

    He's a great President that wanted to share his respect and gratitude for the wonderful job our servicemen and women are doing in Iraq. It's that simple. I'm sure it made them all feel good about themselves. These moments would be lost in time if Barack had not taken the initiative on a long overseas trip.

    April 8, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. yuri

    So what if he went Iraq first? Ain't he the C-in-C? C'mon folks, take it easy. Perhaps his Afghan visit will still be in the cards, either as a 2nd or 3rd hand deal.

    April 8, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Scab laborer in the south

    The antiAmerican Republican Party only amkes things worse with its no to everything stance.

    April 8, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Michael in Houston, Texas

    Bill in California: I am raising my hand. I spent a total of 12 years in the Military and never supported GWB. And the question that was asked was do you support the President, not who would you vote for. Of course you cannot openly (well you shouldn't) object to your commander in chief. But you probably never put on a pair of boots and picked up a weapon so.... that is the problem with you most of you Obama haters, you never think before you speak. And to you Michael-USAF Vet, the only reason why I have not called you an idiot because at least you did serve, but neither did Bill Clinton, Franklin Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, Warren Harding, Woodrow Wilson, William Taft, Grover Cleveland, Martin Van Buren, John Q. Adams and John Adams, so are you saying that all of them were bad also? GWB served, I guess, and he is the worse President in history so far.

    April 8, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Hall for Obama

    Mr. President you can not please every one, so please your self. Mr. Ghosh act like our troops in Iraq do not need a little tender love and care from the president, are they not important? Mr. Ghosh, ever troop in the America Peace Keeping organizations all over the world needs to know their president care. Maybe if Mr. Ghosh was over there may be he would say something a little different. I am so glad President Obama is the president of the USA, I would hate for this loud mouth knows it all Mr. Ghosh to be my president.

    April 8, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Christopher

    I disagree wholeheartedly with this gentleman. Obama's appearance before the troops in Iraq was critical: they're ready to leave, the Iraqis are ready for us to leave (generally), and this was at the very least a morale boost for them - a reminder that their President and their country hasn't forgotten about them even as we ramp-up funding and a presence in Afghanistan. This journalist just wants some time to shine.

    April 8, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Rob Johnson

    The video and pictures of American troops enthusiastically cheering Obama when he visited Iraq means a lot more to me than any Monday morning quarterback claiming that Obama's priorities are out of whack.

    Why don't you ask the soldiers Obama visited if it was a mistake?

    April 8, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Zig

    If our Prez is doing too much don't you think it is because he is compasating for what Bush DID not do? Give me a break, he is the best President one can ever dream of you know it I know it...we all know it, but some of you will live your days denying it...it is too funny!

    April 8, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. jim

    who is bobby gosh.WE CERTANLY DIDNT VOTEfor him.the nerve of ANY MEDIA TELLING PRESIDENT OBAMA.how to run the office of president.the g20 was a great sucess regardles gosch or cnn thinks.american people can finally hold their heads high.

    April 8, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Bill Lewis

    It is all part of the GOP's grand strategy. No matter what Obama does, they will designate some schmuck to differ with him. Has anyone noticed that Cantor or Boehner has not agreed with ONE of his policies or inititiates-not one.

    When anyone disagreed with Bush, they were Un-American, un-patriotic, or a traitor. Does that standard exist for those in the GOP who disagree with the President? I doubt it-categorize IT under HYPOCRISY.

    April 8, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Army Wife

    Why dosnt this guy leave him alone!!! What is wrong with him, The people in iraq have went though a lot and need every modivation to keep going over there some have been there as much as 6 times. So what is wrong with obama stopping in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Joseph

    Bobby Ghosh, Senior Editor Time Magazine, was right on the spot that the president should have visited Afghanistan before he went to Iraq.
    This guy is phoney. Remember that he did not visit the troops for more than 900 days when he ran for the presidency and against the troops and the war, at the time when the war was very difficult and blooded. Now, the Iraq war is looking like a winner and our troops would come home with great victories and honors, thanks to their sacrifice. Obama wants a photo opportunity with the winning troops in Iraq. If he believes in his heart that the Iraq war is the wrong war whereas the war in Afghanistan is the right war, he should have visited Afghanistan and the troops over there. He have not done so because the Afghanistan war is becoming more and more difficult and dangerous for anyone.

    April 8, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Fordy

    I agree! and if he had gone to Afghanistan, he should have gone to Iraq...LOL!!!

    April 8, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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