Boehner calls on Obama to explain 'pace' of Afghan withdrawal
April 20th, 2011
04:31 PM ET
12 years ago

Boehner calls on Obama to explain 'pace' of Afghan withdrawal

(CNN) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wrapped up a two-day trip to Afghanistan Wednesday with a demand that President Barack Obama explain how the "pace and scope" of a planned U.S. troop withdrawal will not undermine the country's fragile security gains.

The president has repeatedly said he is confident the United States can meet a self-imposed deadline to begin bringing U.S. troops back from Afghanistan in July without compromising Afghan security, though military commanders and government officials have raised concern about the readiness of Afghan security forces.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    You may ask. You have already been given these answers behind closed doors, sir.

    April 20, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Obama is as clueless on military strategy as he is on financial matters. I'm sure he'll blather something about Bush, blah, blah, blah. His strategy in Libya is totally incoherent. It is getting painful to hear him speak on these issues. He's the best thing to happen to our enemies in a long time.

    I'd like give a shout out to all my libtard admirers out there! I know my analysis of Obama is painful to you all but reality is what it is. The guy is the worse President in the history of this country. The American people will NOT be fooled again in 2012. Take that to the bank!

    April 20, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Gale

    Oh, Mr Speaker, please don't bother our empty suit, he is too busy raising money for HIS party of Demoncrats and campaigning for year!

    April 20, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    OOOOOOHHHH !!!! Mr "avoid the draft at all costs" is now an expert. He flew in and flew out of a war zone.

    What color lace panties was he wearing while he was there? Did he cry like a little girl when he heard shots fired? Did he tell them to fight like little girls and whine if they didn't get their way? Did he tell them the republicans are nOT creating jobs for them and their families?

    I have a few things I'd like the weakest speaker EVER to explain.

    April 20, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. maf

    When did Boehner become Secretary of State?? Where are the jobs Boehner and what are you doing overseas!!!

    April 20, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Name Jeremy from Dallas

    We are broke you idiot. We have no more money to bribe warlords. Cut wars and not healthcare or education.

    April 20, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Terrence

    Hey Bonehead did you vote for the war in iraq!

    April 20, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |

    Your pathetic attempts at distraction ain't working! Typical Repuke.

    April 20, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. one voice

    So this orange Clown want the enemy to know exactly when, how, how many? Is this classified information that orange man wants made public. Hope He will never be our President!!!

    April 20, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. AZ DEM

    Its always funny to me how Boehner has made his duties in his first months as Speaker to do everything except create jobs...but that isn't my bigest objection to the whole situation. We are way to involved in int'l affairs as it is and Afghanistan much like Iraq needs to gradually come to an end. Polticially Obama will probably look to end both Iraw and Afghanistan before the 2012 elections...good luck hoping he slips up against any of these 2012 GOPers...Obama will be our president for a 2nd term the sooner we accept it the better off we ALL will be.

    April 20, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. one voice

    @ the dork with the long name above: You sir are what's wrong with this Country, Spewing talking points(LIES) from the Faux propaganda station. Tell me that you not only voted for the worst President in U.S.history(BUSH) once but TWICE. You answer yes and your opinion here means SQUAT!!!

    April 20, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Four and The Door


    April 1, 2011

    Unemployment dropped to 8.8% in March, 2011, according to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on April 1, 2011. That marks the fourth month in a row that the national unemployment rate has decreased. The steady decline has brought unemployment down to rates not seen since early 2009.

    April 20, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Agent Orange wants the POTUS to 'explain' himself to him? For what? Who the hell are you Boo-Hoo?
    If you showed some respectg and started attending the meetings that the President has repeatedly invited you to you might have a clue as to the what the hell is going on as opposed to expecting the President to 'catch you up'!
    Here's a clue: read the memos, pay attention, try to keep up and stop acting like one of Bush's Children That's Been Left Behind.

    April 20, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. gt

    not one more death ,,not one more wounded soldier....get them all home now.....bring our troops home now...all that want victory go join the service and go there your self... that will get our boys home...

    April 20, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. ben

    Why don,t you find out by your lonesome,Boehner? Oh, I get it, Just another something to blame the President of "Short comings? Let us ask you Mr.Boehner,Where are the jobs you promised????? Was that a short coming from the Gop? WOW I don,t understand why the President has to lead you republicans around by the nose? Its your war,figure it out?

    April 20, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Ex-GOP Con

    I'm sorry...but what is he doing over there? Isn't that somebody else's job? He needs to be focusing on turning the economy around.

    April 20, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    He's having DTs from the fast withdrawal of alcohol intake. Probably suffering alcohol-related dementia and doesn't remember IT HAS ALREADY BEEN EXPLAINED TO THE PEOPLE WHO 'HAVE A NEED TO KNOW'.

    April 20, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. Chris

    Throughout the Bush years, whenever the Democrats tried to get some information regarding the wars, the Republicans shot back that any info whatsoever would tip off our enemies. But now that Obama is the President, Republicans are demanding precise details.

    I really think the GOP needs to change its mascot from the elephant to the hippo – because they are all a bunch of hypocrites.

    April 20, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Albo58

    Exactly what is the POTUS' plan for Afghanistan? JOBS? Gas Prices? Unemployment? Thus far, his words have proven to be totally untrue! Perhaps "Dominican mama 4 Obama" should turn off MSNBC and start looking around!

    April 20, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. terdy, va

    Unemployment dropped to 8.8% in March, 2011, according to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on April 1, 2011. That marks the fourth month in a row that the national unemployment rate has decreased. The steady decline has brought unemployment down to rates not seen since early 2009.

    Four (drinks) and the Floor: Quit being deliberately obtuse or if not deliberate, go get a clue. Tell us wich (R) sponsored bill this year has been introduced for job creation???? I'll answer that for you: 0 zero zip nada nil. The thinking public is not fooled by the GOTP trying to steal credit.
    As for John Boy, when was he so inclined to ask W about the pace of Iraq?
    And getting back to the first point - Boner needs to get off the bar stool, quit crying, and go work on some jobs.

    April 20, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. peace

    bonehead it"s none of your business orange boy. president obama dont need you to start crying where are the freakin job u promise.

    April 20, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. marylandvoter

    personally, i do not mind boehner visiting afghanistan; but, i wonder where is all the republican / tea party outrage is about the spending (wasting) of tax payer dollars on this trip?

    April 20, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. duckbutter

    send all the war mongers to fight...

    April 20, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. AAA

    Boehner can not even balance and has the audacity to spend tax payers money to go to Afghanistan and ask the president about troop withdrawal. If he thinks we have made progress he must be dreaming. He has to understand that the country is divided into tribal sections and will be hard to govern under one government. Our foreign politics should involve the mediation with all parties not with the government of our liking. That is why we create alienation and unfavorable sentiment for our interference in there day to day politics. These is the twentieth century country's / people are getting politically engaged on a different levels and are not laying there weapons down and the playing fields have changed. Here he is having a problem to meet the president half way to balance the countries budget but he goes across the world to Afghanistan to show his face. Iraq has taught us a lesson that there security forces will still be no match to the insurgents as it will be the case in Afghanistan. So lets do what is needed here at home and lets not be an expert in international politics when he could not even solve our own internal problem.

    April 20, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |