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Question: (2009-11-11)

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Do you think Congress will pass Obama's health reform bill? Do you think Obama's health reform summit will lead to a bipartisan reform bill? Do you think the federal stimulus has significantly helped the economy over the past year? What was your reaction to Obama's State of the Union speech? Do you think Obama has been devoting enough attention to environmental issues? What should Obama's Afghanistan troop strategy be? Are you concerned the U.S. is becoming too involved in military operations in Pakistan? Did Obama deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize? Do you think Obama should send more troops to Afghanistan? Twinkies? Soda? Cigarettes? What items would you pay higher taxes on to ensure health care for all? Do you agree with Obama's decision to continue the practice of sending terrorism suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation? Should President Obama be tackling both the economy and health care at the same time? Some gay rights activists say Obama is not taking their concerns seriously enough. Are they right? How should Obama prioritize the battles he takes to Congress? Will Obama's speech in Egypt improve America's image in the Muslim world? Who should Obama nominate as the next Supreme Court justice and why? Has the press been too lenient on Obama in his first 100 days? What do you think of Obama's performance on his debut trip abroad as president? Do you think Obama's budget plan is too ambitious? How do you think Obama has done in his first 50 days in office? Do you blame Obama for not living up to his no-earmark pledge?

Commenter: Norman Saenz
Give the general the troops he needs to secure the country side and gain support of the locals.

Commenter: TAM
Orderly withdrawal -- the sooner and faster the better.

Commenter: Rowland Gaal
'Global terrorism' does not require a homebase, it arises from poverty, lack of education, huge divisions between the wealthy and the poor, scarce ressources, and overpopulation relataive to the carrying capacity of the society. Terroris, and ethnic cleansing are symptoms of a problem pNOT the problem.

Our billions of dollars spent in military inerventions, and more importantly investment of lives would be better spent addressing the problems.

If we place blame on selfishness, and greed for those holding or desiring power, we had better look first at home at the extent of selfishness and greed, and where it has taken us, and where it will TAKE us. Let's confront our lives and problems here. Let's be a model and not try to impose a model on others. We appear self ritious.

Let's reflect on and learn from the OUR lessons of the past, most recently Viet Nam, and presently Irag! Let alone all of the wars of all peoples ion the past. Wars are never won by those who initiate them, they just lead to deep holes out of which one can never fully crawl. The dead certainly left in the holes and never experience any kind of life beyond that. We initiated the war in Irag, and Afganistan, and maybe eventually in Pakistan as well. Initiators are loosers.

Cut our losses and extricate us as soon as possible. We are between a rock-and-a-hardspot. 'Saving face' is no reason to continue to pursue this. I retroscpect President Johnson conftronted this issue and unfortunately I think, 'politically tried to save face/and his position' through continuing to pursue his war.

Love to hear respnoses.

Commenter: David Johnson
I believe that Afghanistan will remain a failed state. Democratization is essentially unattainable. Our foreign policy has avoid using Germany and Japan as role models for democratization. The idea that all people want the same things in this world is a ludicrous one. I say, remove all U.S. combat troops today, this very hour. Thanks, David

Commenter: Mr. Prostate
Afghanistan should have been the priority back in 2001-2003. If it had been, we might have captured Bin Laden and his henchman and dealt a far more severe blow to the Taliban. Unfortunately, GW Bush diverted soldiers for the invasion of Iraq.

Be that as it may, we can't leave Afghanistan now. A fledging democracy may be emerging. Training of the police forces and the army is underway. The Pakistanis seem to be making progress against the Taliban in Waziristan.

The President should send more troops to Afghanistan as requested by the Commanding General. We owe it to the Afghans as well as to our soldiers and our national prestige to try to neutralize the Taliban and stabilize the country as much as possible before we begin withdrawal. A return to Taliban rule in Afghanistan is unthinkable and that is exactly what would happen if the U.S. and its allies leave now.

Commenter: Karla
Obama's Afghanistan troop strategy should be no more troops.
Get out, now!

Commenter: J. Cummings
With all humility, I feel that Obama should begin withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan immediately. There are so many parallels
to the quagmire in Vietnam that we should learn from history. I believe
that there are ways to "fight" terrorism without going onto foreign soil.
Tracking the flow of money... ending the "drug" cartels.... investing in
green infrastructure at home so that we are not dependent on foreign oil in the future. We must stop the bleeding of America -- physically, emotionally, and economically. For President Obama to do so will require great strength and the ability to stand alone .... It will require him not to wait for "consensus."

Commenter: Annabelle Williams
War is unconscionable and obsolete, period. We must extricate ourselves from Afghanistan and funnel our massive war budget into creating jobs at home. If he is the true leader we are hoping he is, Obama must
speak from a wise perspective and remind us that war creates enemies, lines the pockets of some, perpetuates the corporate status-quo, and brings misery to millions of innocents. If he is a one-term president, so be it, but I think this would make him a deeply appealing hero to the majority of Americans.

Commenter: L Kovach
For this president, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, to send additional troups to a war that cannot be won is immoral. I guess we will find out just how arrogant this man is. Afghanistan is a country of very rugged terrain, with tribal roots and very primitive ways., We cannot change that. Spending millions of dollars and killing and maiming our troops will not make us safer. The Bush government lied about Iraq and Afghanistan. Stop the killing of our own people. Our troops are burned out and where will we find additional soldiers. Sure, increase the troop level but it's only fair that a larger number of Americans must be involved in the Armed Services. Bring Back the draft? Never happen. We cannot sustain this horror,

Commenter: Linda Davis
No war in Afghanistan has ever been won by the invading country. I don't even know what "winning" is supposed to look like any more. We have been winging it for the last eight years without a plan, a budget or an exit strategy. I worry that if we leave, the politically unstable Pakistan will lose control of al Qaeda as it spills back and forth over the shared border with Afghanistan. I also worry that staying in Afghanistan is doing nothing but propping up a corrupt government that the Afghan people don't support. There are no easy answers, but I think VP Biden's plan of rooting out Al Qaeda from strongholds along the Pakistan border, and using Predator drone strikes, special forces and other tactics is probably the best idea.

Commenter: VJ Sandorn
We elected Obama to get us out of these trumped-up wars of aggression that were instigated by the Neocon Zionists and the End-the-World crazies..all in order to expand hegomony and please Israel. The only ones prospering are the Corporation, the War Department, members of Congress taking payoffs and the Warmongering Insane Generals that send our young men to 4, 5, and 6 'Tours of Duty' until they are either killed outright or walking dead men. WE have all been fed nothing but lies, non stop..and it all started with the lies about 911. Anyone that still believes that a few idiots with box cutters flew planes into the WTB's have sawdust for brains. Don't those Drones that are controlled and directed from a base in Tampa, kill 'terrorists' in Pakistan and Afghanistan tell you who Guided those planes ? Those World Trade bldgs. were set up with demolitions to be Pulled. Think, People ! We are demanding that Obama keep his word, and do as he promised and bring all of our troops home and force all of those Mercenaries to leave First under threat of being shot. We must let him know we are standing with him if he does. This war is for no moral reason..what war ever is ? And it is always our poor and jobless men and women that are sent to fight and die for lies.

Commenter: John Clark
We should bring our troops home. Why do we need to be the policeman of the world? Use our troops to defend and protect our borders. If our current laws were enforced, our troops would have plenty to do. The money spent on Iraq and Afghanistan could be better spent on rebuilding our school system, according to Meet The Press today, our school system is broken. What higher priority could we have than the education of our children? Somehow the justification for the current wars does not meet the needs of our country in this time of economic disaster. How can we neglect our own loss of jobs and homes while we rebuild foreign countries that don't even want us there? Why do we occupy countries that try to destroy us?

Commenter: Joan Collins
We cannot win in Afghanistan. We should not commit more troops...less is better. This is a primitive country that has defeated all the other countries who tried to take hold.Our men who have deployed too often. If we had a draft there would be grass roots outrage. Is terrorism the new communism? the battle cry of the 50's??

Commenter: Pat F.
We need to find a strategy to work our way OUT of Afghanistan - and relatively soon. And we need to more carefully enter any future potential military squirmish. We need to stop making war.

Commenter: phyllis doyle
leave the mercenaries there aka blackwater they love to kill. AND GET OUR TROOPS HOME the problem is where will these TROOPS find jobs
it is quite a problem for the newly elected President

Commenter: Cassandra B. Lista
Remove our troops from Afghanistan and invest the money saved on war, into the villages. Let them help themselves rebuild their schools and their lives.

Commenter: Ray Melesky
We elected him to get us out of Iraq and now he wants to just shift the war to Afghanistan. What kind of thinking is that? Get our boys home now. There is no constructive scenario that would be considered a "win" there or in Iraq. Our men should not be dying for one more day with that in mind. The people he is relying on for advice only care about there very narrow views of the world and our place in it. WE are the problem for those people. They want us out of their countries and we are too vain to listen. Never mind the billions we waste overseas while many of us, myself included haven't worked in a year. Wake up clowns in DC, we aren't going to sit still for much longer.

Commenter: Dwayne Fink
Educate the children - esp the girls, and work to end governmental corruption.

Commenter: Justin Deco
Bring them all home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Commenter: David Heywood
No more troops to Afghanistan. Take our troops out soon! War is not the answer!

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