November 2nd, 2009
03:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama calls for 'new chapter' in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama called Monday for a "new chapter" of improved governance in Afghanistan now that Hamid Karzai's re-election as president is complete.

At a brief media appearance with visiting Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Obama said he spoke to Karzai earlier Monday and congratulated him on winning a second term.

"Although the process was messy, I'm pleased to say that the final outcome was determined in accordance with Afghan law, which I think is very important," Obama said of the August election and subsequent turmoil over fraudulent votes for Karzai that were disqualified.

Obama said he told Karzai that for Afghanistan, "this has to be a point in time in time in which we being to write a new chapter based on improved governance, a much more serious effort to eradicate corruption, joint efforts to accelerate the training of Afghan security forces so that the Afghan people can provide their own security."

Filed under: Afghanistan • Hamid Karzai • President Obama
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  1. Pepou

    We need to get out of Afghanistan. It is a losing battle.

    November 2, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Obama Victim

    we surrender

    November 2, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Mike Syracuse, NY

    So what has changed? Karzai was the elected President before this, and now he's been re-elected. Meanwhile Obama continues to waffle on troop levels while soldiers die daily at an increasing rate.

    November 2, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Russ in Benton

    No foreign country has ever won a war in Afghanistan, what makes Obama think we are different.

    November 2, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. mohamed

    No one is making any fuss about the corrupted election there??
    Where is CNN, FOX and the others. That's fine it will happen in Egypt next year. As long as it's not Iran.

    November 2, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Get out of Afghanistan NOW .... They keep repeating the same STUPITY , its their Civil War ...

    November 2, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. peter

    Uh, superior weaponry and tactics allowed Alexander to win and colonize Afghanistan. However he had the guts to see it and do it. Now that the Pakistan army is finally in South Waziristan the time for a pincer movement, as the militants move into afghanistan, is ripe. Instead of the Nato forces meeting them head on, they have free reign of the Afghani countryside,. Instead of defeating them in this pincer, they have free reign to plant IED's and truck bomb the cities. WHERE ARE THE US TROOPS???? Where is the guts. waffles for breakfast, waffle for lunch, Obama waffles all day long. Am I ever sorry I voted for him.

    November 2, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. DJ

    Take care of business Obama...I trust you and appreciate your dedicatoin to a REAL strategy in Afganistan.

    November 2, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. me happy- at 4:20 each day

    The only new chapter we should have is to : GET OUT AND BRING OUR TROOPS HOME!!!

    November 2, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. victim of republican greed

    Once again, Obama increased the troop levels in Afghanistan by over 20,000 in March 2009, after Bush left that request unfulfilled on his desk for over 8 months. Bush's unnecessary war in Iraq cost us in excess of 4000 troops killed.

    November 2, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. mjm

    Now can we send McCrystal the troops he needs?

    What are we waiting for this time?

    November 2, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. db

    A "new chapter"? It was bad enough when Obama used such meaningless phrases during the campaign, but now that he's in charge the consequences of his nonsense are potentially grave. The Taliban and Al Qaeda are a hair's-breadth from seizing control of Pakistan's nukes, and all we get from this clown is blather about "a new chapter"!

    November 2, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. victim of republican greed

    We surrendered our constitutional rights and succumbed to allowing torture under Bush/Cheney.

    November 2, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Waffler In Chief

    November 2, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. victim of republican greed

    What is it about wingnuts and war? Maybe the taste of victory over Grenada with a population of 100,000, in 1983, makes these draft dodgers think they are military leaders.

    November 2, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Mark

    obama speaks about eradicating corruption? He needs look at the people he hires first. We should not have tax cheats in the white house or congress.

    November 2, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. New Yorker

    Obama was the one who said this is a "war of necessity".So why doesn't he just listen to those who specialize in fighting battles and give them what they request? Perhaps he doesn't want to win the
    "war of necessity".

    November 2, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    End the WAR ! Bring our children home! Now!
    No more wars for corporate profit.

    November 2, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Kevin in Ohio

    Obama...."new chapter" should mean you decide to WIN this war and give our military what it needs to get the job done and help rid the world of terrorists. Or will you do the predicted thing, characteristic of liberals and those that hate the American way of life....surrender and apologize?

    November 2, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Rob

    Hey Obumbles, how many chapters you gonna add til you finally help the troops? It'll probably be too late when you do, then you'll try to blame Bush for it. Enjoy the next 3 years, cuz in 2012 you are out the door.

    November 2, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Jane/Seattle

    END THESE WARS OF OCCUPATION AND BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW. This staying is just what Osama and military contracotrs want. Who are you supporting? You are helping these greedy Military Industrial Contractors and not asking We The People if WE WANT to Pay for it! I bet if you ask every school child in America, they'd all mostly say, "Can we have some good schools AND TEXTBOOKS?" Or "Can we have a home to live in"? Instead you appoint Wall Street CRIMINALS TO "FIX" WHAT THEY ARE NOW BEING UNACCOUNTABLE FOR CREATING! Get out of Bush et al's WARS! Code Pink Rocks!

    November 2, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Hard to believe..

    Once more an American government takes the bait.. Karzai is the most corrupted politicians in the world, at the same level of Arafat, Sadam Hussein, the Shaw of Iran ETC.. his brother is heavily involucrate in the Drug market. The elections were a farce, and now he has the backing of the USA.. give me a break..!! once more you guys are taking the wrong side.. has history teach anything..?

    You will have no credibility in the eyes of any Afghanis..

    November 2, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. David

    What ever he decides I will support his decision.Republicans should just keep quiet,he knows so much they dont know.Its intresting they seem to be offering all these solutions these days.To HC this issue that issue ect.However what exactly did they do when they had the power to solve them from 2000-2006?Obama at least is trying his best to get these issues solved.He may not be right on the approach for everyone to agree, but he is at least doing something about them.These republicans left in the senate and congress need to sit down and for once shut up.If his plans do not work then be a critic.Untill that time let this elected gov proceed.

    November 2, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bush is like Osama bin Laden, he created this mess and now he's gone leaving the damages behind. Think about it.

    November 2, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. W l Jones

    The Afghanisttan people is not dumb, every country we been in in the end the people win because theirs life improved, .

    November 2, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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