BLITZER'S BLOG: Iraq aligns itself with America's foes
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during a press conference in May in Bagdad.
October 10th, 2011
01:57 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Iraq aligns itself with America's foes

(CNN) – I was on the air ten years ago when President Bush launched the war against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. If someone would have said to me then that 100,000 U.S. troops would still be fighting there a decade later, I would have thought that person was crazy. Who could have imagined that the war in Afghanistan would be America’s longest war – longer than World War II and the Civil War combined?

And remember: it’s by no means over. As of now, U.S. troops are supposed to remain in Afghanistan for at least another three years, until the end of 2014.


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  1. Larry L

    We attack a country that was not involved in 9/11 and did not attack America, kill hundreds of thousands of their people, totally destroy their infrastructure, start a civil war, and they don't like us? Who woulda thunk? Next thing we'll discover is that Afghanistan is run by a system of ruthless tribal leaders and the entire economic and governmental process is based on corruption. Nah... that's not it...

    October 10, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. fernace

    These 2 wars have wreaked havoc on many nations, soldiers & citizens! The clincher is that they were completely uneccessary! So much destruction & loss of lives & funds for no discernable reason! When binLaden was holed up in Afghanistan, we had a reason to be there, but when he fled the scene practically undetected, why then was it necessary to start quibbling with the Taliban? We never needed to be in Iraq at all, there were no WMDs & no links to al-Qaeda! It was simply unfinished biz between the Bush's & Saddam Hussein! Bush even said he wasn't concerned about finding bin-Laden, a very arrogant position to take after having invaded 2 nations who had little or nothing to do with 9/11! The fact that the GOP-TP are unwilling to compromise, puts us in a precarious, stone wall position! We could be doing much better if our leaders would work together instead of pulling apart! Seems to me some of our leaders are willing to put us up as the "offer lambs" in order to get what they want! That's so unprofessional

    October 10, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    Larry L. – I cannot think of a better way to put it, so will defer to your comment. Very well said.

    October 10, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. diridi

    Blame Bush idiot...

    October 10, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Blitzer is a paid CNN propagandist who carries water for the neocons. They got the war they wanted in Iraq, but not the results they wanted. They also want a war with Iran, and this article is one way to start biasing people in that direction.

    October 10, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |