Obama: Afghanistan withdrawal will not be done 'precipitously'
June 23rd, 2011
03:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama: Afghanistan withdrawal will not be done 'precipitously'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday that the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan will not be done "precipitously."

It will be done in a steady way to ensure recent gains "will be sustained," he said.

"Areas like Kandahar are more secure than they've been in years," Obama said during a visit to Fort Drum, New York.

The U.S. military and its allies are "taking the fight" to the Taliban, he said. As a result, there are signs the Taliban are more interested in a political settlement.

As for al Qaeda, we have "decimated their ranks," he said. But "our job is not finished."

"Your commander in chief has your back," he said.

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  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    We were wreckless getting into this war and we must be resposible getting out of it. I always thought this war to be the RIGHT war. And George Bush took his eye off the ball and invaded Iraq. I ultimately see what the goal of the U.S. is however and why there will be a substantial amount of troops left behind in Afghanistan and Iraq. These two countries will be usedas forward operation bases in the case if things pop off with Pakistan or ultimately, Iran.

    June 23, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    The U.S. military and its allies are "taking the fight" to the Taliban, he said. As a result, there are signs the Taliban are more interested in a political settlement.
    Of course they are! Especially when you already announced we were leaving. Time for them to sit back, build up their forces, and move back in once we're gone.

    "Your commander in chief has your back," he said.
    Yes, we know. More "leading from behind". We get it.

    June 23, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" - Party

    We've lost 6,059 soldiers in the Iraq & Afghanistan wars. With this in mind, I really don't want to hear people like Mitt Romney suggest that our young men & women should continue to be put in harm's way to protect his cushy - Corporate Raider & Job Outsourcer - way of life.

    Mr. Romney has 5 full grown sons and NOT ONE of them is at risk fighting for the country. By contrast, Vice President Biden's son has served in Iraq. Mitt has neither the elected responsibility nor the moral authority to suggest that we put America's sons & daughters at risk. On the topic of deployments he should simply say "no comment".

    Instead, when asked about sons serving the country, do you know what he said? "They are serving America. They are serving by helping to get me elected President." WOW, you can not make this stuff up!

    June 23, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. denice

    Your doing a great job protecting our Integrity as a nation,and going after the real terrorist,like were suppose to! Another serious matter to our securit is the move Cantor made today? Don,t let the extreme Right,put our youths education in deep jeopardy,Mr. President! Gop is extremely dangerous to our kids,and this country. Stay Tough!! Obama 2012

    June 23, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    To Hell with Afghanistan and to hell with fundraising.

    Get home and KICK SOME CONGRESS BUTT!!!

    June 23, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Dennis

    We need to declare one mile on either side of the Afghan/Pakistan border a free-fire zone, fill the air with Predator drones with thermal imaging capability, and hit every image of a gathering of people. That would discourage the free-flow of Taliban back and forth across the border.

    June 23, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Get A Grip

    Obama's military strategy is based on polls. Obama couldn't care less about this mission or the brave man and women that serve under him. And isn't it amazing how the libs whined and criticized Bush for the war, but not that they have their guy in the White House they're all gung-ho!

    June 23, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Lisa

    Umm, what happened to "listening to the generals/men on the ground"? And why are we only discussing troup withdrawal in Afganistan? Where is the troop withdrawal discussion for Iraq - the country we never had any business being in in the first place?

    June 23, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Lando

    Unreal...and stupid
    He wants to continue spending our money to Afhgans when we are laying off teachers, policemen, healthcare workers, firefighters....go away Nobama..I am a democrat that will not tolerate this stupidity...

    June 23, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Republican Robber Baron

    Everyone needs to relax. Obama is doing EXACTLY what he said he would do during the '08 campaign. If you didn't like that, maybe you should have voted for McCain whom said we should keep our troops in the Mid-East for 100 years. Obama already said we are out of there in 3 years. It's pretty reasonable...quit your whining.

    June 23, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |