October 26th, 2009
03:50 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama: 14 Americans killed 'gave their lives to protect ours'


During a visit to a Florida Naval Air Station Monday, President Obama spoke about 14 Americans killed in Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Monday that the 14 Americans killed in two helicopter crashes in Afghanistan "were doing this nation proud."

He said they "gave their lives ... to protect ours."

Ten Americans were killed in one incident and four were killed in another, according to NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

"Now, it is our duty, as a nation, to keep their memory alive in our hearts and to carry on their work, to take care of their families, to keep our country safe," Obama said, speaking at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.

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  1. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    Act swiftly alright, swiftly bring our troops home!

    October 26, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Stu

    One...thank God for our brave men and women who proudly serve.

    Two...I still think military service should be a requirement for anyone to be the president.

    Three...Get over Haliburton. Cheney was CEO for all of about 18 months. It isn't "his" company.

    Four...stop blaming Bush. He had the guts to take the fight to a vicious enemy. Sadly, Clinton gutted the military to the point we couldn't field the forces needed to do it right. Add to that the obsession with zero casualties (collateral or our own troops) that isn't realistic in war, throw in continued political meddling (we didn't learn from Korea or Viet Nam), and our individual decadence and total lack of willpower...what could we expect.

    October 26, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Tex

    I may be in the minority of democrats who think we should stay in Afghanistan, but to me this seems like the war we should have been concentrating on. And should continue to do so.

    October 26, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Jobless Recovery

    O-fraud...what are you doing to either give the troops the support they need, or get them out. Quit campaigning and attacking a cable network and help our troops!!!!

    October 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The right-wing fascists haters have absolutely NO credibility in their criticism of our current Prez. We've been down the road of prematurely AND erroneously bombing everything in sight without the benefit of credible input or rational thought and led by our FIVE DEFERRMENT General Dick Cheney. Obama WILL make a decision when he's good and ready to make it. Translation: ready to justify it even to most blithering idiot. Those of you shouting to the four winds that he is making us weak are really so sick that you're willing to bet the farm that something really bad will happen in order to have the chance to say: I TOLD YOU SO. This is your country, and your soldiers too. Stop hiding your hatred behind the flag trying to camouflage it as patriotism.

    October 26, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Avi Nodrog

    It makes me cry but these heroes were prepared to die to protect the rest of us, but instead died because of the incompetence of the US military. Way to many brave soldiers have died by "friendly fire" and it doesn't seem like much is being done about it. This should be our number one priority.

    October 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Jobless Recovery

    You people are so brainwashed by Obama. 1.42 trillion in debt, avoiding the wars we are in, 10% unemployment...and attacking a cable network!
    Scary thing is, Obama lost the war vs fox! embearassment.

    October 26, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom

    (excuse the yelling)


    War is not the answer, IT WILL NOT KEEP US SAFE. That's the LIE the warmongers want us to believe!

    Fighting in Iraq was NOT necessary! No Al-qaeda, No WMD's, NO Nukes have been found in Iraq! What Bush & DICK wanted was OIL!

    TO ALL WHO WANT THE WARS: SIGN UP AND GO FIGHT, everyone who wants the wars to continue should go to war themselves! I wonder IF those who CRY...... WAR! WOULD ACTUALLY GO FIGHT!

    October 26, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. AJ

    Come on people when you fight wars people will die. It amazes me that people on this forum who are pro war but at the same time they act surprised when soldiers are killed. We kill them they kill us, don't expect flowers in return to bombs. Come out of your boxes and accept reality. This is what wars are all about...killing of slodiers and killing of civilians. War is in evil thing and must be prevented at all costs.

    October 26, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. B

    These Wars started by arrogance and ignorance of a people and a culture of that area have become yet another quagmire as was Viet Nam.

    I anyone else had been President when 9/11 happened, we might not have found ourselves here now! This is the result of putting thoughtless, arrogant bullies in high places. An " c " student with a John Wyane mindset and a congress that didn’t do its job of intelligent oversight.

    We will have spent 2.7 Trillion dollars and lost thousands of lives, ours and theirs, and continuing endlessly. It is a huge waste of lives and treasure that we don’t have. Where are we intending to get 40K more troops ? This country is BROKE and this is a Endless pursuit. There is NO victory in this madness and yet we keep pursuing it...
    We voted for Obama to get us the hell out of this Black Hole and start rebuilding this country that Bush and Cheney nearly destroyed !

    October 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Island girl

    It is not easy for America to get out because we answer to a higher authority. What a pity!

    October 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Simmy

    Mr. President, I love you and support you forever, but it's time to stop listening to war-hungry Republican Generals, and go with your gut instincts......They may know the map but you have the interest of your country in your heart........War is all they know......They are fueled by Republicans, who were saying NO on everything until war became the issue.......Do what's in your heart......There's nothing 'cut and run' about doing the right thing.....

    October 26, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. DJ

    Boss Obama taking charge! That speech was awesome

    October 26, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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