December 1st, 2009
12:18 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama wants to end the Afghanistan war in three years

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama intends to conclude the Afghanistan war and withdraw most U.S. troops within three years, according to senior administration officials.

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  1. OH NOES!

    A timetable? No way. The Republicans say that time-tables will cause everything to unravel and the world to explode; plus it will make babies cry and let's all think of the children!

    Good for you Obama. More proof that you are one of the best President's this country has ever had.

    December 1, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. SocialismBad

    Why of course! That perfectly suits his re-election plans! So why'd he CUT the General's recommendation?!

    Obama's CUT and RUN announcement is what this is. PATHETIC!

    December 1, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. scott prato

    This Proves that Obama is just as much a war monger as Bush. We elected Mr. Change to pull us out of the middle east and end these useless imperial wars financed on credit. This country cannot afford to be the world's policeman any more. We voted in President Obama to be the Un-bush, the anti-bush, not a Bush lite. We on the progressive left have been had again!

    December 1, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Jayden,FL

    Such good news! the war over there was getting pointless! such a moral booster for the boys.

    December 1, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. John Doe

    Wouldn't that violate the amendment regarding presidents serving more than two terms?? We all know he was holding the strings with Bush..

    December 1, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Some republican guy

    Cool. Then we can rest up for a year and then attack Iran and China! Have a nice day!

    December 1, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Silence Dogoode

    OK, so go in to win it...quit fooling around with photo ops, get down and dirty and rout out taliban and get out of there....

    December 1, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Amazing

    Great idea.........let's tell the opposition what our plans are. What a fool, you can't project by a play book.

    December 1, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    To make such a statement is completely naive. Another arbitrary deadline, just like closing Gitmo.

    Wouldn't have anything to do with pleasing your base in the 2012 election now would it, Obama?

    December 1, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. A. Goodwin

    I'm all for it!!! Sooner the better!!

    December 1, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Allen

    Three years...? Then Mr. Obama needs to plan to kill a bunch of people. When Mr. Obama understands that in order to win a war, he must destroy the will of the enemy. Burning the enemies children alive is the only way we have won a war in the last 80 years. We burned German and Japanese children during WWII...this is what won these wars.....Obama, either you are ready....or let's come home.

    December 1, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. patNY

    If we can't meet our desired goals within 3 years, then we never will, unless we send 500,000 troops, and pay hefty war taxes to turn a pre-historic nation with radical terrorists running the show, into a US friendly democracy. In other words, we're leaving within 3 years.

    December 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Marc

    8 years... 8 YEARS!!! of 'on hold' !!!
    But finally a strategy (a real one) is being determined and applied against those that supported or were behind 9/11.

    December 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Yeah, right...

    And in 2003 Bush announced "Mission Accomplished" on a war we're still fighting six years later. Johnson and Nixon said for half a decade or more that "victory is just around the corner," or words to that effect, in Vietnam.

    December 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    There's a timeline for you. No open-ended war. Smart Mr. President.

    December 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Enough

    Obama is a naive fool if he thinks he can dictate how the war will go and when it will end. Why don't we just show all our cards to the enemy? Obama needs to do his job and quit trying to explain it to everyone. Why do Democrats constantly govern based on polls and not what's right for the country?

    December 1, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Not as quick as I would have liked, but at least there is an end in sight.

    December 1, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Tony T

    Another novice move by a guy who can't just vote "present" on this one. One HUGE mistake for this country. Why don't we just allow the enemy to sit in on our war planning sessions too. Redistribute the information to the less fornuate. One termer for sure, may go down as worse than Carter, no easy task.

    December 1, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Mike Dallas

    Before you 'cons start about an end date being a surrender, let me remind you that there was an election last year that rejected that logic.

    Also, we should be taxed to pay for this, so that some sacrifice is felt by most Americans and not JUST the troops and their families.

    December 1, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. tpbco

    Which makes as much sense (as in NONE) as the environmental "groups" saying that they will allow the temperatures to go up only 2 degrees over the next couple of decades.

    The REAL world just doesn't work that way. But you can't explain that to the liberals.


    December 1, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Mike Mundy, Houston, TX

    Oh yes, so he can claim to have kept a "campaign promise"? Still playing politics with our men and women in uniform, Mr. President?? Disgraceful!!!

    December 1, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    OH NOES!!! WHATEVER WILL HALIBURTON AND EXXON DO?!?!?! Better ramp up the fear and smear GOPers....a couple years just might be enough time for you to secure sufficient campaign contributions from the war and oil industries in preparation for 2012.

    December 1, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Dagne

    I support President Obama in sending more troops to help sustain Kabul and other regions of Afghanistan for as long as necessary. Our only option is to assist the Afghans in gaining control from the Taliban. It is my impression that many Americans do not understand the complexities of the Taliban, nor the extreme challenges they pose. We are dealing with a ruthless, merciless, force and America's response is "let the Afghans deal with it." The American public wants to constantly obess about withdrawing troops and timelines because they are near sighted. They don't realize that this fight is already at our door step. It's not an Afghan problem, it's a human problem.

    December 1, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. KC

    He should end it NOW plain and simple.

    December 1, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. SocialismBad

    If Obama wanted to win he wouldn't have CUT the troops requested. If Obama wanted to WIN he would have DOUBLED the troops requested and told the Generals to do what it takes to win in 3 years (said privately). This is how you win wars. Not with declared timetables that let the enemy know what you're doing. Obama is playing politics with this pure and simple. He's a Democratic cut and runner at heart.

    December 1, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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