August 31st, 2010
02:46 PM ET
11 years ago

Afghanistan 'key part' of Obama speech

Washington (CNN) - A senior administration official said the war in Afghanistan will be a "key part" of the president's prime time address Tuesday night although the official would not characterize what percentage of the speech would be focused on that war. The official said it's important to give Afghanistan weight because of the administration's strategy to "take the fight directly to al Qaeda."

Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • issues • President Obama
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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I hope it does focus on Afghanistan. That will show the American people that we clearly are heading in a different path and we need to focus on accomplishing our goals in Afghanistan while our combat role in Iraq is now at an end.

    August 31, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    Well what does that mean if most of them are in Pakistan?Smoke and mirrors?Whos behind the curtain in Oz now?

    August 31, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. November

    This is truly sad. SAD! Obama's only strategy is to bad mouth Bush. According to Obama, Bush left the world in such a mess that even the Messiah can't make much headway. Bush this and Bush that. So why is he consulting with Bush now???

    Bush is a far bigger person than this pretender to the throne. Bush never points his finger at Obama and never even responds to Obama's Bush bashing. Then when Obama needs him he's there.

    Is this the Change You Can Believe In that you all wanted? Really Sad!

    August 31, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Clwyd

    24 Americans killed in Afghanistan in 48 hours speaks for itself! Get us out of this mess that bush got us in. You've succeed in Iraq now Afghanistan. I would have told bush, if I were the president, "I covered your back again and your poor judgment on the economy and war!"

    August 31, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Mark

    Dont worry all the liberal hypocrites wont say a word about Afghanistan.

    August 31, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. mj

    Gosh – I was so looking forward to the Oval Office makeover details. Sure hope the next President will approve and that Obama does not get too comfortable. Can't imagine what this cost the American Taxpayers!!

    With 50,000 Troops still in Iraq and, Afghanistan a major problem, don't know he can claim success for anything. Obama did not support the surge and did not set the time tables. What exactly is he going to blow his horn for now?

    August 31, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Ron in Califonia

    I hope Obama understands the Iraq war is far from over.

    August 31, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Jayne

    I feel terribly sad for the thousands of Iraqi civilians and American soldiers who died for what ??? The delusions of a simple-minded, dangerous imbecile named Bush.

    August 31, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    At least with our current President it will be honest, deliberate, and have a clear message .... and in English! LOL!!

    August 31, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. alumette

    The connection between Obama and Bush will not be welcomed news. When the people voted for him, they did not want a connection with the Bush era. What can he possibly learn or find out from Bush? Unless they are talking about an alien awareness and presence the main population has been kept in the dark from?

    August 31, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. BeverlyNC

    I hope President Obama called Bush to tell him he had finally ended Bush's fraudulent war and the murdering of our soldiers for a complete LIE. Billions a month spent for nothing. Boehner is delusional if he thinks Iraq was a success. It is a national embarrassment of corruption, attacking of a country that was NOT part of 9/11 and of no threat to us.
    Republicans should be ashamed and thanking President Obama for cleaning up the Bush mess and bringing our soldiers home to safety and to their families.

    Now he will defeat the REAL people who attacked us and then bring our troops home. He does not love war like Republicans do. It's time for us to end both Bush wars and focus on our own domestic issues. Republicans are incapable of that so that is why they want President Obama to widen the war in Afghanistan. Why don't we send the sons and daughters of McCain. McConnell and Boehner and other Republicans into the war. If they are so committed to it, they should be willing to send their children to fight. Don't use Palin's son as an example. The only reason he is there is he got to make a choice between prison or the military for dealing meth in Wasilla.

    August 31, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam

    Yes, very wise for the President to avoid the mistake of the prior administration in claiming "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED".

    We need to clearly define what success looks like and HOW it will be measured. If we don't, the career soldiers and politicians will constantly evolve the mission and the metrics so that they further their own causes instead of those of the NATION. America can go to war but it's objectives must be CLEAR and the military action must be a decisive element of the WIN STRATEGY.

    I don't expect the President to lay this out on National Television but do want to have confidence that his team is marching to this drumbeat. Get us out of Afghanistan, sir and Americans will re-elect you.

    August 31, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Rob Johnson

    The main thing I want out of this speech isn't any specific timetable or deadline for withdrawing troops. What I would like to see is Obama make the case against the USA being the world's policeman.

    It's one thing to argue about the details of finishing up our existing commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the most important thing is that we learn from these experiences and never, ever try to "nation build" halfway around the world again.

    August 31, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    I hope it includes the part where it's time for us to take our leave.

    August 31, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Buster

    Obozo will apologize to the world, then blame the war on Bush, then tell Muslims how aweful America is, then sue the CIA for poor intelligence, then start a new ACORN office in Kabul.

    August 31, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Tony

    Obama should focus on two things after this address: passing the small business aid bill and let the Bush tax cuts expire for families making over $250,000. Obama should emphasize that the small business bill provides loans, not bailouts, to small businesses, and it is fully paid for in the budget, so it will not add to the deficits. Letting the Bush tax cuts expire will immediately cut the deficit. The Bush tax cuts, even though they are still in effect, have not created any jobs in the last two years, and it is time to let them expire for people making over $250,000. If Republicans are serious about cutting the deficit they should support this.

    Repealing the health care bill will not help. Spending on the bill will be limited until 2014, and the bill will not be fully implemented until 2016, at which time it is projected to cost $160 billion a year, so it is not the reason that we have this huge deficit. Obama has to spend to keep the economy from going into a depression. If Obama had not spent money to bail out the banks and the auto industry, even more people would be unemployed. Think about it. Do you want the jobs in the auto industry to go to China? If Obama had not bailed out the auto industry, that is where the jobs would have gone. Do you want to the banks to go under? Republicans accuse Obama of being a socialist. If Obama had let the banks die, would we still have a capitalist economy?

    August 31, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. BILL, WI

    Hopefully the war in Afghanistan will come to an end in one year if the Democrats have their way. And in one year and one day GITMO can be emptied out and the remaining prisoners sent back to Afgthanistan. Which would be in acccordance with the 3rd Geneva Part 4 Section 2 except for any of them that have been indicted for any crime.

    August 31, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. gt

    america lost 12 service men there this wk,,,, all you chest beaters.. go join the service and go to afganistan ... will ck back next yr... and see if your alive...get our troops home now....

    August 31, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Danny Boy

    But Republicants and Bush said there were WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION? Where are they? Hope you enjoyed wasting thousands of lives and trillions of dollars for WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. were never found. Why were we there? I think someone lied to us. Hummmmm.

    August 31, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Chad from Tampa

    It would be nice if Obama gave GWB some credit here. I mean c'mon, Obama was against the surge, which is the reason why we won the war. You don't have to be a conservative to know that, it's just what the facts are.

    August 31, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. downhome blues

    hey Buster I'd rather have 'Obozo' than that Son of a Bush any day of the week

    August 31, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. bp

    Be very clear, Bush did not give a deadline date for withdrawal until Obama campaigned on it. He does not owe Bush anything, despite the biggoted critics. Infact, if Bush had taken more care in Afganistan in the beginning Bin Ladin would be history. But for some reason his family was given a luxurous departure from the US and by the time Obama got involved the man had fled to parts unknown.

    I hear none of the critics talking about the cost of these two wars and how the US did not budget the funds for it or what happened to the Surplus? Why don't you discuss that CNN? I have to rely upon Keith and Rachel for everything. Obama doesn't owe Bush a .......thing. And yes he can walk and chew gum at the same time. This is what really makes the racists mad and this is what erks the Republicans.

    August 31, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |