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. Freed_From_W

    Excuse me, but we aren't in Afghanistan illegally. He went to Iraq to make sure the troops and people there know that they make no claims on their country, and that America's withdrawal is a serious goal for him.

    If someone invaded my country, destroyed it's infrastructure and killed many thousands of my countrymen, it wouldn't make it all better if the new leader of the occupying force came in and said "Listen, the old leader who illegally ordered this invasion was a criminal who did the wrong thing, and I'm here to tell you that we do not intend to keep on doing the things he has been doing. We plan to help you recover with supplies and money then we are going to leave you with your sovereignty intact. We apologize for his actions from the deepest reaches of our souls", but it would at least reassure me that they are indeed leaving and maybe the people of the country that invaded aren't all like the previous leader.

    April 8, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. John

    Great! Had he not made the trip the right wing nuts would have made a big deal about that.

    Yes he did the right thing. He is The Commander in Chief its part of his duty to make sure that the young men and women who serve under are ok. More than anything it let’s the troops know that he’s thinking about them.

    April 8, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. RB, Sonoma County, CA

    The only opinion more ignorant and less important than Bobby Ghosh's is that of 'southerncousin.'

    April 8, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. JB in Kansas

    Thanks to Obama for visiting our troups and thank to our troups for serving. I could care less what Bobby "Who?" Ghosh thinks. Sounds like a bitter, negative person who would find fault with whatever Obama did so it doesn't matter

    April 8, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Barriett

    I wonder if he talked to the troops about this:

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed that the Obama administration is considering a plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.

    I'm guessing he didn't. Obama talks a good game, he just doesn't back it up with action, unless it's some left wing cause.

    April 8, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Get Well Soon GOP

    When did the media get a vote into where the POTUS goes? This guy should report, not make news. If Afghan is the right place to go perhaps chaos was waiting for him there. Thus Iraq was the right place. Also, what is are the consequences of him going to Iraq instead of Afghan. If there are none then what is this wind back talking about?

    April 8, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Sarie Pilan

    Obamee shudda wore some cammoe and held up a mission complished sign! That what I wudda do.

    April 8, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Alan

    I LOVE all the criticism of Obama's every move. It proves he's DOING SOMETHING. The only way Bush could operate was "stealth mode," hiding from the media as much as possible and staying out of the limelight because every time he opened his mouth he was either wrong or stumbled over everything hilariously. Go get 'em, Barack!

    April 8, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. aBigHeadacheFromU

    Anything to Make News,, Great Job Mr President we support you!

    April 8, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Oregon calling

    Had he went to Afghanistan before he went to Iraq he would have been criticized for that move. Just goes to show you that some people will find a negative in anything that OUR President does, sad, sad people.

    Peace 🙂

    April 8, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Pam

    Yeah, I'm sure President Obama is really concerned what an editor from Time magazine thinks about trip to Iraq.

    April 8, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Ted from Canada

    Does anyone in the U.S. know how to speak english any more? Jo and Franky, try and string together a few words that make sense. What is grammer? "We is havin a rite to be their. Obama is gud presedent. othr people is bein bad for not sayn gud things bout him". Dear God, what is happening to our society?

    April 8, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Peggy

    So WHAT, Bobby Ghosh, Senior Editor Time Magazine, if he visited one before the other? how stupid and pathetic. If yOu do not have nay to say. SHUT THE HELL UP.

    April 8, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. miss b

    he should have visited Afghanistan 1st? for what so he can walk into the GOP ambush and get killed. sorry he messed up your plans!

    April 8, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Debby

    I think its great he went to Iraq. His next trip can be to Afghanastan. CNN whats with the Levi Johnston trash on your ticker. Leave for Jerry Springer will ya.

    April 8, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Mike Syracuse, NY

    A Commander-in-Chief can never do wrong visiting troops in the field. it would have been nice if Obama had visited Afghanistan too. I don't buy the security concerns. The C-in-C is no more or less expendable than a buck private; and a true leader doesn't ask others to do what he/she won't do themselves. This wasn't an either/or choice. He should have and could have visited both places.

    April 8, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Mari

    What is always amusing is the vile predictable comments from the far-right. Maybe Limbaugh-the-GOP-leader is giving them 'talking points'!

    Honestly! What difference does it make whether President Obama visits Iraq or Afghanistan?

    Some far-right-folks mentioned that the Troops were overwhelmingly supportive of Bush! Ha! I seriously doubt that!

    April 8, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Debra

    Oh good grief! This man can't do anything right! No matter what he does, the whiners are out there with Kleenex in hand.

    Had Obama gone to Afghanistan, then these same buffoons would be asking why he didn't visit the "forgotten war" in Iraq! He visits Iraq and they are asking why he didn't go to Afghanistan. They have already explained that they visited Iraq first because it was in closer proximity to Turkey, which was the last leg of his trip.

    Give the man a break! He's been in office 3 months! I'm sure he will visit Afghanistan and plenty other areas several times before his term is over. Dang, pace yourselves people! This is a marathon...not a sprint!

    April 8, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. JL

    WHAT is wrong with CNN, WHY wouldn't our President visit Iraq? WHY would he not do that? This is such a stupid write-up, why is it that this President (who has shown America and the World) that he cares about everyone in this country, why is it that he is subjected to stupid ignorent comments like this? It was GW BUSH America that screwed this country up not President Obama, he's only interested in cleaning up the BS.

    April 8, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. ppeterson

    We all know Obummer is anti- military and an appeaser. Why even pretend to care about our guys?

    April 8, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Marj in South Carolina

    Bobby Ghosh: GET A LIFE!!!!

    April 8, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Jjoe

    Iraq has been successful you claim? Well that depends how you define success.

    If success means:

    1- 4,100 American soldiers dead.
    2- 30,000+ American soldiers wounded, injured, maimed.
    3- Anywhere from 150,000 to 1 million Iraqi civilians dead.
    4- 1-2 million Iraqi civilians wounded, injured, maimed.
    5- 4 million Iraqi refugees, including 2 million displaced to foreign nations, and 1.9 million internally.
    6- 2 million Iraqis in the prison system of their own country.
    7- 800 Billion spent thus far + 500 billion more to pay off the credit. That's 1.3 trillion, and I stress the phrase "thus far" because we're not leaving anytime soon. And remember we've hired about 180,000 contractors (mercenaries) paid for by the taxpayer, making 5-7 times the amount or US soldiers make. The war has cost the average American household $22,000 dollars so far.
    8-A destabilized region with an emboldened Iran and North Korea, not to mention Pakistan. We've witnessed just how restricted we are in terms of options of dealing with these two countries thanks to being hunkered down in Iraq. The most influential tragedy of the war is our inability to operate anywhere else due to an overstretched military.
    9- Alienating traditional allies, such as France and Germany. Also don't discount Turkey. Turkey went from being a major US Ally in the region, to now having the greatest disdain for the US thanks to the Kurd situation.
    10-Perhaps most importantly, a completely bankrupt nation back home.

    and etc.

    We're not leaving Iraq anytime soon. We're there indefinitely. We're not building those massive bases and airfields for nothing. Count on at least 50,000-75,000 soldiers being their until 2020 at least. This war has lasted longer than WWI, WWII, and the Civil War, with no end in sight.

    But I know of a group of few well connected families who can really define Iraq as a success, and they're sitting back laughing at us and how they've conned us and ripped us off.

    A tremendous victory for a group of well connected investors. A pyrrhic victory for the rest of us.

    And didn’t Bin Laden say right after 9-11, the way to bring down the US is to bring down it’s economy? Mission Accomplished.

    April 8, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. mena amma

    See how the soldiers were all cheering--speaks volumes.
    Hush everyone .
    Let's concentrate on the economy.

    April 8, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. John

    Sarah Palin scratches her nose wrong and you guys will report it. Michelle Obama's arms look a little more toned than usual and you will report it. Yet, there is no word on CNN at all about Obama bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia. Not one report on this utterly disgusting show of subbordination to their king. Nice job CNN.

    April 8, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |

    Who cares which was visited first. At least he went. Don't we also have three times as many troops in Iraq as we do in Afganistan? He can increase troop morale for 150,000 troops in Iraq, then make an unscheduled trip to Afganistan. You people have to realize that the President can't announce his visits in advance (security). We don't know what the situation and schedules were with the Afgan leadership, troops, or missions being conducted. We don't need to know either.

    Just be glad he is over there supporting our troops. Stop nit-picking every little detail. If he would have went to Afgan first, the Republicans would be crying that he should be home taking care of the housing/economic crisis. Just let the President handle our country's business. We elected him, now lets support him. Any by the way, I am a Persian Gulf Vet. SK2,USN.

    April 8, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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