August 21st, 2009
02:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama praises Afghan election

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama offered strong praise Friday for this week's election in Afghanistan, calling it "an important step forward" in that nation's struggle for democracy and against ideological extremists.

"The future belongs to those who want to build, not ... destroy," Obama said at the White House.

The president said he was struck by the "courage in the face of intimidation" demonstrated by the millions of Afghans who went to the polls. He also emphasized that the United States does not favor any particular candidate.

"Our goal is clear: to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and their extremist allies," he said.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. chris

    "The future belongs to those who want to build, not … destroy"

    Enough said... GOP is out, DNC is in!

    August 21, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Joe M

    One election do not a democracy make, but it is a start. While realizing the Taliban is out to destroy not only us but anyone who stands in their way, I hope that someone in Washington has been a good student of the Soviet Union's Afghan debacle. While we're not trying to run that country, there are certain parallels that should be cause for concern.

    On another note, President Obama is to be commended for sending greetings to the Muslim world upon the start of Ramadan. I have no doubt that Sarah Palin or similar will come out with something as well. I'm also hoping it won't sound like "Wham, Bam, Alakazam", but I'm not holding my breath.

    August 21, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. jinxie

    Yeah. No interest.
    We invade the country, but got no interest in the election.
    Then what's Carville doing over there?
    What's Blackwater doing over there?

    August 21, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Kathy

    I thought when it was Iran he didn't want to interfere in their county. Guess that was then and this is now. Or is he just scared to death of the little weasel from Iran. Well with his government end of life consultation and wanting to run and control everything the Real Americans of all kinds, faiths, colors are Mad as Hell and we aren't going to be quiet anymore. We are going to act like Obama on the campaign trail and are going to be as noisy and loud as ACORN! The silent majority has learned what works and I'm all for it. If you would of ever listend to us on anything you would't have people so mad.

    August 21, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. sunshine

    This is so true President Obama, I hope they can finally have the democracy that they long for.

    August 21, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Boca Raton FL

    He needs a vacation alright, let us go back from January–
    Ft. Myers Florida
    Springfield ILL
    Chicago ILL
    Ottawa Canada
    LA California
    London England
    Paris France
    Las Vegas NV
    LA California
    New York (Date Night)
    Saudi Arabia
    Cario Egypt
    France (Again)
    Chicago (Again)
    Cleveland Ohio
    St.Louis MI
    New York (Again)
    New Jersey
    North Carolina
    Guadalajara Mexico
    Portsmouth New Hampshire
    Tusayan Arizona

    August 21, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |

    The Future belongs to those who want to build, not destroy!

    Did you read that Palin? if you could read, wouldnt hurt for the Republicans to read as well, Cant wait to see how Bubblehead Palin twist this one uhh Pathetic she is. President Obama I am SO PROUD TO HAVE YOU AS PRESIDENT!

    August 21, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Preston kathy

    how come the afghanistan military will not proteck there own pepole when voteing

    August 21, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. daniel foos

    Kid gloves for Obama again.During Katrina Bush was roasted by the press. Going on vacation while the victims suffered. Why is it now that the media does not handle obama the same. we are no more then rats in a maze. As long as the media can pit us against one another we will never be able to see the clear and present danger. Also, thanks for putting up such a fight over the disgraceful release of the Lockerby bomber. Now all our pitiful white house can do is slap his hand for giving him a heroes welcome. What did they think our pal Momar would do. Now that we have affirmed we are spineless whimps, do you think we might be in for more of the same? Way to make a stand Mr president. Joe the Plumber and the rest of those who support our goverment really appreciate being sold out.

    August 21, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Preston kathy

    How come there own police will not proteck them when voteing bless them preston and kathy

    August 21, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Mississippi Mike

    Obama and his cronies are deeply interested in what happens in Afghanistan. He MUST win there. Iraq is slowly backsliding but he made is clear that he was abandoning Iraq for Afghanistan. Now that Afghanistan has a flash of hope he is goign to run with it. I hope he doesn't let all of the positive press he will get from this make him think that the war is won because it is long from over and our troops will remain at a significant disadvantage as long as we are chasing the Taliban through the hills.

    August 21, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Preston kathy

    if some me wanted to cut off my fingers would i vote pk

    August 21, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Deuce

    Yep> Half Gone again...

    August 21, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Simp

    @ preston kathy comments

    What in the hell are you talking about? Your first comment makes no sense and your second one needs a spell check.

    this is good for the afghan people they need to take an active role in their goverment.

    August 21, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Nighthawk

    They must to have voted the way our government wanted them to.

    August 21, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Deuce

    More Garbage CNN. Barack Obama is really praising Kadafy (whatever his name). Only the American public take Obama at his word. But you know CNN, Just like I do. Li bya. What happens there, stays there. Algeria is right next door. As france k nows of old!

    America? The USA talk so BIG, and hide in the pacific...

    August 21, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. dumb as a monkey

    Duh, I thought he was a muslim who hated Americans, I guess maybe Mr Rush was wrong.

    August 21, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. getting it done

    that is an impressive step

    August 21, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Proud Member..Party of No

    More laughable democrat hypocrisy.......if Bush was still president this election would have been "proof" that our military efforts are failing but since it is Obama, well, everything is rosy.

    August 21, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. yuri

    Given the incidences of sporadic violences, we would like to laud the lengthy landmark in the lamentable history of Afghanisthan.

    August 21, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. southerncousin

    What with the cheating and stuffed ballot boxes it sounds as if ACORN had a lot to do with the election. No wonder Obama. praises the Afgan elections.

    August 21, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    "Well with his government end of life consultation and wanting to run and control everything the Real Americans of all kinds, faiths, colors are Mad as Hell and we aren't going to be quiet anymore"

    Guess what??!!! I'm a REAL AMERICAN too and the only one I'm mad at is ignorant people like you who believe everything they hear on FalseNews and everything spoon-fed to them by the Republicans who are in the pockets of the insurance companies!

    August 21, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    Why is it that "southerncousin" cannot post a comment about ANY subject without bringing ACORN into it???? God, give up the Acorn thing already . . . it's soooooo old and tired!

    August 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. DonnaLee

    I like the job President Omaba is doing, but would rather see our troops withdraw from Afghanistan, calling it "an important step backward" towards a balanced budget.

    We could have the best health care in the universe if we'd get out of the death trap called Afghanistan.

    August 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Joe Fattal

    What good an election is when you have dozens of groups control the country. Have a look accross the border in Iraq and that should tell you how good their elections work. Instead to invest in the lives of our good men and women in the military in the name of democracy and good elections, we might try to open them up few McDonalds, Burger Kings and Pizza Huts.

    August 21, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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