Skip to comments.Bush warns of fallout from early Afghanistan exit (RINO attacks U.S. "isolationism")
Posted on 04/01/2011 10:36:44 AM PDT by rabscuttle385
(CNN) Former President George W. Bush is worried the U.S. might pull out of Afghanistan too early to the detriment of that country's women.
In an interview with Fox News that aired Thursday, Bush warned that Afghan women will "suffer" should the Obama administration decide to downscale troop levels there.
"My concern of course is that the United States gets weary of being in Afghanistan and says 'It's not worth it, let's leave' and Laura and I believe that if that were to happen, women would suffer again," he told Fox's Greta Van Susteren. "And we don't believe that's in the interest of the United States or the world to create a safe haven for terrorists and stand by and watch women's rights be abused."
"We liberated Afghanistan from the Taliban because of providing a save haven for al Qaeda," he continued. "But I believe then and believe now we have an obligation to help this young Democracy to survive and thrive."
Bush's comments came the same day he and former first lady Laura Bush kicked off a two-day conference at Southern Methodist University focusing on women's rights issues in Afghanistan an issue Mrs. Bush also championed when she was in the White House.
"Isolationism will end up subjecting certain people to horrors that I don't see how our country can live with that kind of decision," the former president also said.
The Obama administration has said that it will gradually hand off responsibilities to Afghanistan security forces as it draws down U.S. troops between this summer and the end of 2014.
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GWB, why don't you do us all a favor by sitting down and STFU? You wouldn't even lift a finger to defend your own countrymen from illegal aliens and narco-terrorists yet you jump to spend your countrymen's money to defend foreigners.
And that was part of his problem. Reminds me of that idiot Carter going on air and revealing he had discussed national/international issues with Amy, his nine year old daughter.
Yeah, real confidence inspiring, the both of them.
Get the hell out of there NOW!!!!!!!!!
Bud why don’t you STFU and go FK yourself to ever speak that way towards one of the finest men and best damn CinC this great Country has seen in the past century. Full stop. As someone that served under him and who has been DR in Stan (several times) he is exactly right. Again, go FK yourself.
You need to calm down.
Yeah because bailing on Afghanistan the first time turned out so well. So which building should we offer up next time around?
I second that motion, FRiend. W was a fine CIC.
Thank you for your service.
This is the headline at the link: Bush warns of fallout from early Afghanistan exit
It doesn’t include the editorial comment in YOUR headline and the body of the article makes no reference to RINO.
If YOU wish to editorialize, rabscuttle, then post a vanity.... or, post the article and add your OPINION in the comments.
Your attempts to steer the discussion are juvenile and insulting. Your libertarian agenda IS isolationist; this is known to everyone who reads this forum. But, apparently, you are unable to honestly articulate your beliefs.
You Paulitarians would have had us roll over and surrender to al qaeda after 9/11.
If W thinks we should stay until Afghan women will be granted individual rights and be treated decently, then maybe he should give us an estimate of how many centuries that would take. That culture will not significantly change how it treats women in the lifetime of anyone now living.
AMEN, and thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Libertarian idiots like rabscuttle don’t understand that freedom is accompanied by responsibility.
They want the goodies without paying the price.
Maybe we should look into partitioning Afghanistan as a way to have some kind of stability there first - something like a Daristan and a Pashtunistan. The country was mostly a creation of the Russian Empire and the British Empire’s desire to not share a border; and the people who supported the Northern Alliance, Dari speaking in large part, were generally ethnically different from those who supported the Taliban, mostly Pashtun.
Plus, someone somewhere knows where Osama bin Laden is. What’s the video going to look like if we give up on that objective?
You can say what you want about GWB domestic agenda...but after 3000 people died on Sep. 11, what was he supposed to do? He removed the Taliban.
In Iraq, he acknowledged strategical mistakes and accepted the advice of Patreus with the surge...turned the whole thing around.
I am surprised by the uncivil tone of some freepers here.
In addition to protecting the country after 911, GWB appointed Alito and Roberts to the Court — two conservative jurists who will no doubt have a say in Obamacare.
So go on. Use profanity. Call him what you will. But GWB has more class than most. And I appreciate what he did for our country.
It’s coming up on ten damn years.
You sound like a leftist talking about "giving back."
The Federal government--including the armed services--is solely responsible to the States and to the People, not to foreign interests and causes, no matter how noble they may be.
And that's where it should have ended.
It is not uncommon to use put opinion into a header as along as it does not alter the actual title.
People bash Obama all the time in titles, don't take it personal, and FReepers do it all the time to set the tone.
Hear hear! Thanks!
Standing ovation! I may not have agreed with President Bush on everything, he is right on this one.
Set the tone? Really? IOW, manipulate the news the same as lamestream media does, so no thinking is required. Got it.
Just my two cents here, but I think that if GWB had continued to be CIC after 2008, we would have made much better progress in Afghanistan by now, and we wouldn’t have seen the body count rise like it has under Zero.
Zero, like all Democrat presidents, is afraid to actually unleash the full might and fury of the US military, and is getting our people killed by nipping around the edges, and tying their hands behind their back with his suicidal rules of engagement.
I’m of the opinion that if we’re going to send good Americans into harm’s way, we need to let them achieve victory through whatever means are available to them.
“Former President George W. Bush is worried the U.S. might pull out of Afghanistan too early to the detriment of that country’s women.”
I hate to clue Dubya and laura in but Hamid Karzai does not let his own wife out of the house. His brother runs the drug trade there. Its totally corrupt. Women in Afghanistan have pretty well been screwed since the beginning of time and nothing short of executing all the men in the country and importing some guys from another country is going to fix it. These people live in a time warp and they like it that way. They don’t want to give up the dancing boys and the burkhas. Not gonna happen. We can’t fix every country. We need to leave.
You Paulitarians ARE leftists, with your anti-war, anti-military platform.
If you people don’t like a country with a strong military and strong presence in the world, then there are several others where you will feel much more comfortable.
Scab Ruttle, that was ugly. Go away.
Who is Bush to say that American boys have to die and be wounded for some alleged benefit for Afgan women? If Afgan women are so important, let NOW and Emily’s List handle it.
Nonsense. At least they dropped the bomb. Where was the full aresnal of the US in Nangarhar province?
Nothing, I've lost too many friends that had to clear buildings when we could have taken out the entire town.
Go Army! :-}
We can't, and we shouldn't.
***I am surprised by the uncivil tone of some freepers here.***
Thank you for that. I thought for a moment that by some cosmic mistake I got onto DU.
And Bush will go down as a great president, while Zero will hopefully just go down.
To compare an adult who apparently has been studying and discussing the issues involved with the people most affected for some time to a mere child is absurd.
I agree. I saw Laura Bush on Greta last night, and their efforts to help the women in Afghanistan are noble. Of course the women in Africa and Central America, etc., etc. need help too. But Afghanistan is brutal towards them. But doesn’t Afghanistan have a lot of untapped oil?
That said, W’s abject failure on borders and immigration is inexcusable.
You're talking about Democrats like Harry Truman. They don't exist anymore. They're all Republicans, now.
That is not just 2 cents worth...that is fact.
Don’t let them get to you. You’re right.
Good post. Likewise, if he thinks “we have an obligation to help this young Democracy to survive and thrive”, he’s going to have to point me towards an example of a thriving Democracy in any muslim country. It is fundamentally incompatible with their religion. And so are we.
If we stayed in Fubarstan for another 100 years nothing would change. Those people are beyond redemption so long as that satanic religion exists.
Who have we been fighting for last ten years?
I would give my right arm to have him back in place of Obama.
The Rino crap in this forum is ridiculous,
I'll take a Rino in place of a liberal anytime.
You would not know a Rino if one bit you in the ass., homebody's Rino is another persons
YES..I am a conservative, but I am smart enough to know we need all the votes we can get.
You clearly would not know a RINO if it was in the process of trampling you.
Hasn’t he screwed America enough already?
And the “young democracies” of both Afghanistan and Iraq based their constitutions on sharia law. The notion that all people want American style freedom and democracy is constantly being disproven in Muslim nations, but that doesn’t seem to sink in with W and others of his belief.
And it will be disproven several more times in most or all of the Muslim nations now experiencing anti-government protests. We want see any new “democracies” that very many Americans will be happy to see.
I support American Isolationism as a general principle. Intervention in other countries affairs is distasteful to me. I also believe in large numbers of nuclear tipped ICBMs.
History will judge both Afcrapistan and Iraq as not worth it. W can kiss my a$$ for leaving the borders open and calling me a bigot when I complained. The next big terrorist attack on the homeland will come from people who came in here on his watch.
We should remove our ground troops from all foreign countries.
We have the best air combat capability in the world. We should bomb the hell out of any country for which we have evidence is involved against our national security.
We should only use ground troops for LIMITED OPERATIONS where the locals will take over in short order.
Our people are much too valuable to send them in open-ended engagements.