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May 27th, 2014
09:30 PM ET

Kristol: Obama's announcement "unbelievably irresponsible"

Bill Kristol calls President Obama's announcement on troop withdrawals in Afghanistan "unbelievably irresponsible." What do you think?

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  1. Jay Everingham

    Bergdahl – what message are we sending our armed service personnel if we don't bring them home if we have the opportunitty. Simple....

    June 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • countingdown

      Six of his fellow soldiers died looking for him even though they knew he walked away! What has this administration done to find and rescue him? After all, liberals boast of Obama finding and killing osama. What about the rule of not negotiating with terrorist? The president needed something to overshadow the VA mess, this was designed to present Obama as a hero bringing home a hero, instead he got kicked in the nuts as usual. However, his Objective worked. How much have you heard about the VA, BENGHAZI, F&F, OBAMACARE, NSA, IRS, AND ALL OF THE OTHER FAILURES OF HIS ADMINISTRATION since this occurred?

      June 5, 2014 at 10:43 am | Reply
  2. Randall

    Like all the GOP Kristol has never seen a foreign policy problem that can not be solved by the US military. Iraq, how did that work out? When Sadam was in power, Iran was blocked by Sadam's military threat to Iran. But that genius, George W. turned Iran into a middle east power. He invaded Iraq because of a potential nuclear threat but for Iran and North Korea (who actually represent nuclear threats) no action. At least we no longer have a mental midget (W) in the White House.

    May 29, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • countingdown

      Randall
      "Like all the GOP Kristol has never seen a foreign policy problem that can not be solved by the US military."
      That sentence doesn't make sense. However, WWII! ENOUGH SAID!

      "Iraq, how did that work out? When Sadam was in power, Iran was blocked by Sadam's military threat to Iran. But that genius, George W. turned Iran into a middle east power."
      SADAM WAS AFTER HIS OWN MID-EASTERN POWER AND NOW HE IS DEAD!

      "He invaded Iraq because of a potential nuclear threat but for Iran and North Korea (who actually represent nuclear threats) no action. At least we no longer have amental midget inthe White House."

      AND WHAT HAS OBAMA DONE TO CURB IRANS GOAL? SADLY, WE DON'T HAVE A LEADER IN THE WHITE HOUSE!

      June 5, 2014 at 10:22 am | Reply
  3. Tom1940

    Sounds like the product of a 4th tier "speechwriter in training", that somehow got to the Commander In Chief, without being "vetted". (Similar in content and "believability" as the "Benghzi Attack" remarks given 5-times by UN Sect'y Susan Rice on Sunday Talk shows – back when). The Prez and staff should pick up their game a bit, if they don't want to go out like a "whimper", instead of a "bang" in two-plus years and counting.

    May 29, 2014 at 11:54 am | Reply
  4. john

    It is so idiotic that the liberal media still support the "without a clue" president Obama. What a riot! No wonder, Putin and China thinks the U.S. is such and idtiot! America is the laughing stock of the entire world!

    May 28, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  5. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    OK, there must be a Comedy Central hidden camera somewhere, this must be one of Colbert’s tricks. Krystol calling President Obama irresposible? The same Krystol that applauded the destruction of the Republcian Party by Lee Atwater and Karl Rove? The adoring fan of the Bush/Cheney/Rice team? It’s either a trick or in his old age, Krystol has lost all sense of shame and irony.

    May 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  6. bobo

    President Barack Obama’s administration has quietly suggested it is willing to create a two-tier race-based legal system in Hawaii, where one set of taxes, spending and law enforcement will govern one race, and the second set of laws will govern every other race.

    May 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • mikey8205

      what has Bill Krystal ever done other then be a parrot for GW Bush. He has never served in any branch of service nor even been a candidate for either party, why does CNN give him a voice?

      May 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • jboh

      You seem to be confusing President Obama for the TEA/GOP.

      May 29, 2014 at 10:58 am | Reply
  7. Michael Murphy

    Some one should ask him flat out if he will approve a tax on the wealthy to support this. That will shut him up

    May 28, 2014 at 11:50 am | Reply
  8. DJ Reality

    It's time go get the heck out of Afghanistan. We have pissed away enough lives and money on something we can't fix. Afghanistan has been a mess for hundreds of years and will be a mess for a hundred more. The Russians could hold it and we can't fix it. It is time to come home and fix this nation first. Oh and Billy Kristol is full of it and should go back to Fox where he belongs.

    May 28, 2014 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • Jay

      Afghanistan, like many other nations currently in unrest is a lost cause. They all seem to be filled with people that are unhappy with WHOEVER becomes into power (Egypt) and they beg for our help but complain how we need to leave and will turn their attack onto us almost as soon as we get there. These nations are clearly not able to sort out their own lingering power struggle problems and show no signs of doing so anytime soon. Even after we can cite specific examples of where this effort of "nation building" on our part was tried and failed time and time again there are still those that INSIST we (the USA) must show force behind our words and follow-up with military action. To over simplify these activities of wasted resources (in both lives and money) could easily be summed up in 1 word, Vietnam. We cannot save other nations from themselves internally and if they do not have the strength of even the desire to motivate their majority to make their own changes then who in the hell are we to step in and do it for them?! We have more than enough issues to focus on here on our own home soil to keep us busy if we just "keep our eyes on our own plate" Let's stand united on fixing our own country and stop demanding action in other countries!

      May 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  9. jboh

    From the chief of the neocons, who lied us into Iraq, and let Bin Laden, Mullah Omar, and their terrorists, escape from Tora Bora after our troops fought them into a corner. Both N. Korea and Iran ramped-up their nuke programs, and Putin invaded Georgia afterwards. Why not? The chickenhawk neocons showed they didn't have to courage to face voters after suffering the casualties it would take to clean out the rats nest. Instead, they blame Obama for problems caused by their own cowardess. Start putting USA ahead of TEA.

    May 28, 2014 at 10:09 am | Reply
  10. The Entire GOP Platform In A Single Paragraph

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    May 28, 2014 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • Your Entire Platform In A Single Sentence

      Dear obama, help me to continue copying and pasting hate and blasphemous rhetoric.

      June 3, 2014 at 9:30 am | Reply
  11. WOW

    I think Donald Thompson will just replace those fast food workers with technology just like gas stations replaced kids pumping gas. Minimum wage jobs were never meant to offer careers....they are low tech, high turnover positions and if older unemployed workers are filling the roles, that means that true job creation is failing which IS the problem NOT what MikeyD's is paying their staff.

    May 28, 2014 at 9:11 am | Reply
  12. Marty

    In my opinion the President doesn't care about Afghanistan or the American soldiers stationed in that country. The military information given out by this President has done much more damage than any information leaked by former NSA employees.

    May 28, 2014 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • jboh

      Dick Chenney has no regard for the security of USA. The damage he did by exposing Vallery Plame, and the whole network of informants she set-up, for cheap politics has done us more harm than people we jailed for spying.

      May 28, 2014 at 10:13 am | Reply
      • Smitty

        So its okay for Obumbles to act as stupidly as Chenney ???

        May 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm |
    • RWB1956

      What military information has President Obama "given out"? Do you really think the President of the United States would give out sensitive info? Wow.

      May 28, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Reply
      • CB

        He probably heard that on FOX.

        May 28, 2014 at 11:52 pm |
  13. kurt

    I hate how those who have never served in the military like Kristol are so cavalier about sending troops into danger.

    We've been in Afghanistan for over a decade, both under a GOP and a Democratic president. It's simply not ever going to be "fixed" or "safe". The question is should we commit to sending more troops into harms way for the political appearance of "not losing".

    We heard the same comments with Vietnam toward the end. We have to stay so that we don't make the sacrifice of the troops who died in vain. It's BS. The fact is we shouldn't sacrifice more troops to a cause that is not achievable. Whenever we leave, Afghanistan is not going to be safe. Going after Al Quaeda and smashign the Taliban regime may have been needed... but the decade long occupation was not.

    Overall, people agree with him on this. They don't want to be in Iraq or Afghanistan. And he's getting us/gotten us out of both in a reasonable manner that still fufills our international commitments. He's been incredibly responsible in meeting our obligations while still performing a job that people who elected him have demanded him to do... to get us out of these two long wars.

    May 28, 2014 at 8:49 am | Reply
  14. bill

    how stupid do you get???? this was to promote obama-to look like a leader-to show he is in charge. that is the only reason any military leader would announce to the world the game plan???? it is like the CIA station chief being thrown under the bus, or the vets who need our help, or or or.........please resign obama while we can still repair the damage you have done to our great country-signed a vet who cannot believe what is going on with this WH.

    May 28, 2014 at 6:45 am | Reply
    • RWB1956

      CIA guy "thrown under the bus". You believe what you want to believe don't you?. And who the Hell are you to tell the President to resign just because YOU don't like him?

      May 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  15. sammy750

    Who the heck is Kristol, IS he the new brain of the world. NO, just a loud mouth, no nothing Republican.

    May 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  16. Miguel Serda

    funny how kristol and cup are all in favor of war as long as they don't have to be involved in it. by the way, I see that after fox flushed that useless belly aching bed wetting low life kristol down the commode he turned up at the C.N.N. network. good luck with that smirk face bottle fed piece of trash. Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 01:30:05 +0000 To: mrserda@hotmail.com

    May 27, 2014 at 9:57 pm | Reply

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