BLITZER’S BLOG: How much more blood and treasure?
August 11th, 2011
02:16 PM ET
10 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: How much more blood and treasure?

(CNN) – Five more American troops were killed in Afghanistan. They died from an improvised explosive device. This comes after 30 Americans were killed in that Chinook helicopter shot down by the Taliban last weekend.

It’s appropriate to put the numbers into context.


Filed under: Afghanistan
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  1. Four and the Door

    The best way to increase costs in all terms is to be indecisive about a commitment to the fight. The fight will last longer and out troops will be less protected.

    I still like Reagan's approach to committing troops to a fight. "I win. You lose". Otherwise, don't fight at all. And that's my point. If we are going to be in it at all, we need to be in it with nothing less than 100% what it takes to win. Quickly and decisively. Otherwise go home and let the bad guys do what they want. Half way is the worst decision.

    August 11, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Canuck

    Russia was bled dry by their invovement in Afghanistan which led to the demise of the Soviet empire. What part about learning from history does the USA not understand???

    August 11, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Until we get someone who has the judgment to either mount a massive military operation that includes western Pakistan, or we face the reality nothing less will work, and we pull out.

    August 11, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    BLITZER’S BLOG: How much more blood and treasure?
    How much more should we endure – The Pain, Tears and Anger?
    For those who have lost loved ones – There will NEVER be closure!
    Why are we still in these wars with all of their blunders??

    Bring them home NOW – so that it can be ensured…
    That Moms/dads/wives/husbands & children can happily endure…
    A future where worrying ENDS and loved ones are on this shore…
    And they finally can get past that “what if” fatal knock on their door!!

    President Obama – Please END the war and bring our entire service men/women home from Iraq and Afghanistan!!

    August 11, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Just As I Thought

    Well Wolf, Why not ask your wonderful President? Seems I recall that is his war??? Or ask Rudy NYC, or any ofbthe other DNC bloggers.........I'm sure they have cashed their Welfare checks by now & have time.

    August 11, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Sorensen

    This is insane. The US has not and never will change anything in that crazy joke of a country.
    And we keep killing US soldiers and spending billions.
    What do you think the taliban is going to do when we have left? Become civilized???
    And stop this crazy n onsense about the soldiers did not die in vain! They all died in vain because of some crazy
    politicians and generals who do not understand anything.
    What a bloody shame.

    August 11, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Boomer in Mo

    We'll never win in the Middle East. The Afghani friend I've had since the 1960s agrees. He is a naturalized American but returned home to fight the Soviets and knows the Taliban and his former countrymen well. He has been back in the U.S. for years but does not believe Afghanistan is ready to leave its system of warlords. We need to cut our loses and get out. It's also time to get out of Iraq and let Iraqis decide what kind of country they want. As long as we are propping up the government, the people will not stand up and demand what they want.

    August 11, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |