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CNN BLOG: Wednesday, April 18th

JULIA GILLARD, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER: Australia`s commitment in Afghanistan will look very different to that which we have today. We will have completed our training and mentoring mission with the 4th Brigade.

We will no longer be conducting routine front-line operations with the Afghan National Security Forces. The Australian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team will have completed its work, and the majority of our troops will have returned home.

AZUZ: More than 130,000 troops from 50 different countries are currently in Afghanistan. But as you just heard Prime Minister Julia Gillard say, most of Australia`s forces could be leaving Afghanistan soon.

AZUZ (voice-over): Right now, there are around 1,500 Australian soldiers in Afghanistan. Gillard`s announcement means they could be leaving a year earlier than she had suggested before. Nick Paton Walsh explains some possible reasons for the shift.

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: While Australia`s contribution is comparatively small, they were one of the more robust allies throughout America`s presence here, and even when Barack Obama in June 2011 said that he`d be withdrawing his surge of troops, Julia Gillard came out and quite categorically said Australia would be staying until the end of 2014.

So a dramatic reversal in her position over the past nine months, presumably down to electoral mass. We`ve also seen this from the French, where the war is deeply unpopular inside France.

And after French soldiers were killed by Afghan soldiers earlier this year, Sarkozy came out and said that they, too, would be withdrawing by the end of next year, and even the United States has, in fact, indicated that its troops will be in a non-combat role by the middle of next year.

So poor signaling, really, ahead of a vital conference in Chicago, in which NATO members were supposed to get together and reaffirm their commitments of troops cached to the months and years ahead. Australia adding itself to the list of countries who want a quick out than previously imagined.

Now this is all really down to a suggestion from Ms. Gillard that the Afghan security forces are stepping up to the plate much quicker. They`re ready to handle security, or you may be hearing in the distance some gunfire. That is just test firing. But they are ready to take over the job of securing the country when NATO leaves.

Your question: In regards to JULIA GILLARD, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER’S statement “Australian troops will no longer be conducting routine front-line operations with the Afghan National Security Forces”, she is suggesting that  Afghan security forces are stepping up to the plate much quicker, should the United States follow suit and change it’s strategy in Afghanistan? Why or Why not? 3-5, Caps, Spellcheck!

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337 comments on “CNN BLOG: Wednesday, April 18th

  1. I really don’t know if I would want to join a after school program, because I just think it will be interesting or fun in anyway. If I was to choose one it would probably be basketball, because I think basketball is really fun, i’m not very good but that gives me a reason to do it.

  2. I do think tgat they should change because it will save lives, and help our troops realize to work hard and not give up.

  3. yes because it could save peoples lives. also it it saying that not to give up in life and keep going

  4. I think The United States should completely cut their ties in Afghanistan. When they do it will make life easier. But they never will end their ties.

  5. I think the u.s should have the afghan troops fight in the front line. I say this because so we don’t lose anymore men and women. We should leave the troops in Afghanistan but not fight

  6. yes. Our troops in Afghanistan should just be teaching and not actually fighting. It is bad enough that they have to be over their. The only thong that bugs me is the fact that our troops have to go their and be exposed.

  7. I do think that the US should change their strategy to be more like Australia’s. We have been there for a long time helping them become better soldiers and fighting for them, losing American lives. Now, they need to stand up for themselves and end the conflict.

  8. Yes because if they are in Afghan and the troops shoot a civilian, we could get a really bad reputation in Afghan. Also, the troops could get shot because it wasn’t really practice, it was war. It could save a life or two, so we should go with it. Also, more practice means more bullets lost. We need to have a lot of bullets in case of emergency. It is also a waste to fly overseas to just train.

  9. I think that the United States should follow the Australian troops. The United States should do that because it might save some troops and help them to work harder. I think that the war will be over sooner if they do.

  10. yes because if we do that we might save life’s. also if we do that we might win the war and not have to have are people over there.another thing is that if we win the war we would not have to have people over there

  11. I think that it is are job as a free nation to help them learn to fight their battles but now that they are get stronger they should be able to do more themselves. that doesn’t mean we pull out completely but only help when they can’t handle it. besides we need to start saving money and wars not cheep.

  12. Yes I think that the U.S. should follow the suit and change strategies.This would help them save money and cause less lives to be lost.I think we should step back and see if the afghans can support themselves without our help because we aren’t going to stay over there forefver

  13. I think that we should follow Australia’s suit and also step up to the plate because otherwise it would be a waste of time for Australia to try so hard without any backup. Of course, then again I’d have to disagree with pressing forward because the economy is so not ready for this type of transaction. Still I would always have to say yes because if we don’t keep the Afghans at bay then we could very well end up in another World War.. (Then again I’m not so informed on the whole war thing.)

  14. Unless i am misunderstanding, we are wanting to pull our troops out. I have said this before, i do not think this is wise. I do not want to post why, as i will keep my views to myself. I do not think, like some people said, it would increase out chances. I would just view it as quitting.

  15. I don’t know what condition our military is in over seas so I have no idea what we should do. If it is actually working then I suppose that we should follow suit. It seems like a good idea unless there are attacks on American bases because all your eggs are in one basket. So I guess we should keep everything nice and spread out. Big enough to have them be able to fend for themselves and to where you’re not spending a ton of money just trying to get very small amounts of supplies to remote places. I think the main thing we should focus on is our troops safety and the expenses of doing so. Yes, we should train the Afghan troops as much as we can but we should use caution and try not to deplete all of our resources. Sooo, I quit.
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  16. Yes because the troops that are left there need to now, give lessons to the rebels so they can fight their own war. They can help Australia when it becomes much worst.

  17. I think that the United States should follow suit and change it’s strategy in Afghanistan. Afghan people are getting smarter and we need to solve that problem by outsmarting them. We can make a stronger military and keep creating better technologies in the U.S to make us better.

  18. She is suggesting that the Australian government belies that the Afghan security force is now trained enough to defend there country. I think that the U.S should change there strategy only if necessarily. This is because if we do not finish training the afghans, we would lose all the progress we have made.

  19. Yes I do think that the United States should fallow suit. I think this because it would save many soldiers lives. Also if they are stepping up and controlling their own country then there is not really anything for the American soldiers to do there anymore. With the U.S. stepping out of the country it would also give the Afghans a chance to be able to make smarter decisions and other countries wouldn’t have to be involved anymore.

  20. Yes i think we should follow suit and pull out our troops because Afghanistan will be fine without us. The troops need to come home and be united with friends and families. And we should focus on our country and use the money that would be spent on the troops if they stayed longer for something else that would help the countries economy.

  21. I think the U.S. should change their strategy. The war has been going on for years. We have lots of troops there that have been away from home for long enough. Plus, if the war is still going on after so long clearly the strategy isn’t working and needs to be changed.

  22. Yes, because Afghanistan could have a sneak attack. People could be saved. Also of we have better strategies then we could protect our country easier.

  23. I think that the U.S. should follow the suit because it would save lots of troops lives. It will probably make the strategy a lot better so that we can try and advance our military technologies to help make a stronger military.

  24. I think the war should just be ended as fast as humanly possible. The sooner all the troops are out of there, the better off they are. Afghanistan will eventually get smarter about attacking us. We shouldn’t put peoples lives in danger just waiting for it to happen.

  25. If they are stepping up a lot faster then they should get their troops out faster. If we do not get them out then they could decease. But we would also have a better chance at winning the war.

  26. I don’t think that we should totally withdraw the troops because we should keep some still there. We should do this because something could happen over there and we don’t have anyone over there to fix the problem. Other than that I think we should withdraw them because their is nothing really big to be over there for. We did everything we had to and now its mostly over.

  27. I think yes because we would not have to be so scared for the people fighting for our country because we would know that they are way safer then before. We could also save a lot of peoples life’s, and we would gain a lot more war knowledge and have a possibilities of winning the war.

  28. I think that they should just get out of there. I’m not really sure why they are even there in the first place? It’s just dumb to be there fighting and there’s really no purpose. Innocent people are dying for no reason.

  29. yes i do think we should change to what the other troops so we could help them and save lifes of others and not just our self. and if we helped them they would lose less people because we could win that war a lot fast.

  30. Yes because what they’re doing could save troops lives. The Afghanistan people are getting smarter. So we need to fix that problem by out smarting them.

  31. I think that a small strategy change is ok. If we make a big change, we might be there even longer. We are already leaving Afghanistan, and we are loosing both money and people by being there even longer.

  32. Yes I think we should do that because we could maybe save live if we do that. We should also do that because it could make a difference for troops. It is also a good idea because it could also increase our chances.

  33. Yes, we should change our strategy a bit. Keeping people there is a waste of money and lives. Afghan forces should take charge of fighting their war if they are ready. We cannot fight everybody else’s wars.

  34. I think that we should stay there until 2013. I think that we should help Afghanistan but not fight as much. I also think that we should leave Afghanistan soon

  35. I think that America should change our strategies. I think this because if there is any type of sneak attack we would have to be prepared. It sounds like a good idea.

  36. Yes, because if they do that they could end up saving life’s and people will not have to inform their family’s deceased. The Afghanistan people can may be able to prove they can take care of themselves.

  37. I think that the Untied States should follow in the steps in Australian. I think that we should maybe just be there and not fight, let the Afghans fight. But, overall think all war should be ended. There is no point to it and it just kills innocent people. It will also help save the life’s of many people and maybe help get the US out of some debt.

  38. I do think that the U.S. should follow Australia’s suit because it doesn’t seem like we are doing too much there anymore and can pull the troops out. I think that they should try different strategies to stop the terrorists. Also taking the troops out will make peace and many families happy.

  39. We should get out of there quickly, just like Australia. The faster the troops are out of there and safe at home the better. Eventually Afghanistan will become smarter and they attack us. We don’t need to be sitting ducks.

  40. I think that the Australians are right in pulling out their troops and really the war should just end. It isn’t going anywhere and it is a waste of money and troops to stay there. It also seems like the Afghan soldiers have everything relatively under control.

  41. I think that we should just pull all of our troops out still. This isn’t our fight, our fight was with Osama and we already got him a while ago. So the rest of this war is completely pointless and stupid.

  42. I don’t think that the U.S. should leave until we absolutely need to leave. if we leave to early, the terrorist groups in Afghanistan maybe able to attack us here. what would the us do if they attacked us then we would be put soldiers back and be at war again.

  43. I think that we should because with a lot of troops from Australia leaving, it kind of gives us a little bit of a weaker defense. What I think that we do, is that while we still have a lot of our troops be there, some troops should leave just one at a time and have the troops that are there wait to leave and stay in the lines.

  44. I think that the United States should have left Afghanistan a long time ago. The United States has nothing to do with Afghanistan in the first place. So in my opinion the United States should change their plans in Afghanistan and get those troops out.

  45. Didn’t America go to Afghanistan to set them up with a democratic government? The fact that their government is rising up quick could be good news. I would pull out some of our troops but leave some in just in case this new government is as bad as the first one.

  46. I think that the United States should follow Australia and take our troops out of Afghanistan. We did what we wanted to do in the beginning so there is no reason for us to stay. The Afghanistan army can handle their own problems and we shouldn’t risk our own soldiers lives for that.

  47. Yes, because if they can handle themselves, we don’t need to help. Also, if America’s troops don’t stay, the Afghanistan people can have a chance to prove that they can be in charge of themselves.

  48. Yes we should because it could help us win the war. It would help the troops to keep on pushing through to win the war. Another thing we could do is leave earlier than expected and save many more lives. The quicker we get our troops out, the less chance Afghan had of beating us.

  49. I think that the Australians are right and we need to withdrawn front line operations with them. I also think that we still need to help the afghans with the economic and political problems still. They just got a new government and need help.

  50. War should just end that will solve so of the problums.

  51. How would pulling out increase our chances? That just seems like, well, not running away, but just leaving i guess. We would win, we would just basically quit.

  52. yes, because i think if we do then we could save a life and not many people will then not be informed that their family is deceased. If we do this we might win the war and not have to be scared for the men and women that are defending out country.

  53. Yes i do think the U.S. should change its strategy because we shouldn’t keep our soldiers in Afghanistan for a long time. We’ll lose more and more troops the longer they stay there, then eventually, we wont have enough soldiers to protect our own country. Also, they will be able to come home and see their family, unless they lose the chance.

  54. yes i do think they should change there strategy. This would just help save american lives. This will also put more confidence into our troops.

  55. I think that the war should just be ended. I feel like so many people are unaware of WHY we are in Afghan and what we are actually fighting for. I know that I am very unaware. I feel like it is so unnecessary because we are killing innocent people who don’t even want anything to do with the war. We are losing loved ones as well. It’s wrong and unfair. We just need to get out of there.

  56. I think we should change our strategy because we have tons of oops still over there and they have been there for a long time so our strategy is not really working. Really I think we should just take our troops out we have people getting killed every day and this is not even really a problem any more. They aren’t bombing us so why are we over there getting Americans killed when we have barley done anything during this war.

  57. Yes i do think the U.S. should change its strategy because we shouldn’t keep our soldiers in Afghanistan for a long time. We’ll lose more and more troops the longer they stay there, then eventually, we wont have enough soldiers to protect our own country. Also, they will be able to come home and see their family, unless they lose the chance.

  58. I think that the United States should follow suit and change it’s strategy in Afghanistan. I think this because the Afghan people are learning fast and we need to become smarter. We also will save lives if we are changing our strategy. Also if this worked for the Afghans then I think it would probably work for us.

  59. yes, because it would save a lot more innocent soldiers lives. Also we would save money not being there any longer or fighting a war any longer. If the afghan soldiers are ready then i think we should leave.

  60. I think that we need to pull out all of our troops from Afghanistan because it wastes a lot of our money. It is costing people their lives as well. We have been there for many years and haven’t really done anything major, just got some of our people killed and that’s about it. So we should just end the war.

  61. I think it is hard for us, as high school Americans, to have an opinion on the military choices. We know so little and are so unaware of what really happens. We hear about it on the news or in the newspaper, but we aren’t there. We have such little knowledge of it. If it is going to help us get out of Afghan, then I think we should because why are we there anyway? What is happening there? Who are they helping? I don’t know much about the war, but I know that it has already been going on for too long.

  62. I think that if we change, we might be able to get troops home faster. Plus, if the change is working for others, it might just work for us. The war is costing us a lot of money.

  63. yes, because then we would save more lives and troops. Then families wouldn’t have to be informed that one of their family members is no longer here. Maybe if we do that we might win the war, and men and woman wouldn’t be scared to go. Also their family members wouldn’t be scared for them.

  64. yes because we cant just continue with the same strategy and by that we can win.If we don’t than the Afghanistan might expect our attack . It can also save more lives and take them faster.

  65. It’s hard for me to say, because I favor both sides of the situation. I think the U.S. should follow Australia and do what they did, because it seems like Afghanistan is allowing other countries (50 of them!) to go and help fight their countries battle, so I think Afghanistan should step up and take over. Although, I don’t think the U.S should follow Australia because maybe I’m wrong, and Afghanistan does need us after all…

  66. If we change our strategy then we will save more lives in our troops. This will also help us win the war faster. Changing our strategy might even help get the troops out of Afghanistan earlier.

  67. I think the US should stay in Afghanistan. The only reason that the country is some what stable is because of the amount of foreign troops. If we took out those troops the country would lose control and go back into chaos. I think we should only remove our troops once we know for sure that Afghanistan can handle themselves.

  68. Yes, I think the U.S should change their strategies. If the U.S had stronger strategies their would be less deaths of troops. Australia is pulling out of the war, so we will need better strategies because there are going to be less troops.

  69. The united states should do anything to win the war. They could either follow them or not follow them. It all depends whats best for us.

  70. I think we should change, because if they change their ways then we might not win. It might just be a better way for them to win. So if we don’t change how will things go our way?

  71. yes i think they should so we dont die

  72. Yes they should change their strategy in Afghan. They should pull out of every thing in Afghan. The troops are dying over there where they should not be, they need to fight their own war

  73. Yes i do think that the United States should do what the Australians because maybe if we think change our ways maybe not the exact same as the Australians because if the Afghanistan people know the plan of the Australians they will know our plan to if we do the same. We lose people everyday so we need to think of ways to confuse them.

  74. I think that i U.S. should leave afghan because its not ours. The afghan soldiers are learning a lot, but that doesn’t mean they know everything about winning a war. So this question could go either way.

  75. Yes because if the afgans can handle themselves there is no point in us being there.

  76. Yes we should follow them. If we do, we could save lives of many soldiers. We could also win the war if we do that.

  77. yes because if we do that we save life and people. Not have to be informed that their family’s are deceased and if we do that we might win the war and not have to be scared for the man and woman that are fighting for the surrounding country’s that need are help.

  78. I think we should change our war strategy. We should because we could finally just win the war. Obviously our plan now hasn’t done anything for us.

  79. Yes because if we do we can have more people in the troops who can save lives and families will not be decreased.

  80. Um, I think that we should keep a good amount of our troops out there. For our own safety. But, I think that we should bring a lot of them home.

  81. I think that United States should withdraw there troops but they shouldn’t broadcast it because there could be an increase in terrorist activity as soon as they leave. I don’t think we should have a very few amount of troops there though. But we should get most out.

  82. I feel that the U.S. should follow the Australian lead and back off of the front lines. The Afghans have been trained and can take care of them self’s. If we back out we can save the lives of many of our remaining troops.

  83. yes because what there doing could make a change for troops. This may help them know that its not okay to just give up in life you have to keep pushing and that’s what there all doing for us today, they need our help as we the people.

  84. I think that the U.S. should wait a little longer and make sure that Afghan soldiers can step up quickly. I believe this because if we make sure they are ready now, then we won’t have to come back and have more of our soldiers killed.

  85. I think the Afghanistan strategy should change. This is because it could make a change for troops. We could win the war and not have to worry about having people’s lives taken away because their fighting for what they believe in.

  86. We should do whatever it takes to win and keep our troops safe.

  87. I do not know what is going on overseas enough to say whether or not our troops have prepared the native soldiers enough. I do want the troops to come home, but we also need to ensure the civilians in Afghanistan their safety as well as our own. We need to keep both parties in mind before making a decision.

  88. United States should because if Afghan is stepping up to the plate sooner then planned then there is no need for us there. It cost the United States a lot of money to keep the forces there and they are not as needed anymore. If they start to fall after they step up to the plate then we could come in and help them and finish it but I think that theyll do okay.

  89. We should not keep our troops in Afghanistan anymore because they are getting smarter and will eventually be able to defeat us. The United States needs to focus more on keeping its own citizens safe rather than worrying about other countries.

  90. I think we should pull the troops out of Afghanistan but i think we should still watch them and if we ever need to get involved again we can. I think countries around Afghanistan should help and not us. I think we get in to many situations that we don’t need to be involved in.

  91. No, I think that they should do what they have been doing for how long they have been there. Yes, maybe they are stepping up but it does not mean they are good. If we did leave them to do what they are going to do, it could lead to a big disaster. What if they fall back down and can’t do anything any more? who would help them in that case?

  92. I think that the United States should definitely do the same thing. I think that we should move out of Afghanistan and follow Australia’s plan. They’re are many troops that should come home because it could get dangerous.

  93. I think the united states should leave Afghanistan because if the Afagan security forces are better then they were and are “stepping up to the plate much quicker” there is no need for us to be there.

  94. I believe that we should change our strategy. Because they said that the Afghans were ready to take over of their land’s security. If they have control of everything, I think we could just leave them and only help them if there is a big problem again.

  95. I think that the U.S. should follow Australia’s lead. Our troops have been there long enough and we have other problems we need to focus on before we start worrying about other countries. We’re already in debt and we don’t need to waste money on a war.

  96. Yes the United States should follow what Australia is doing. We need to bring our troops home. What ever happened to the idea of isolationism? We need to take care of our own before we go into other people’s business.

  97. I don’t know if the United States should change its strategy in Afghanistan. I guess they should adjust a little bit because they are losing some people in the war. They shouldn’t change it completely and make Americans stay in the war longer. We don’t have enough money to stay in the war longer than we have planned. But the United States should so something about Australia leaving.

  98. Yes we should change too, because it could see if Afghans can handle new strategies and this could even help win the war and make troops be able to get home quicker and only have short time periods in service. I also think if we change it can help us as people to be able to change when others come up so if something happens to one of our soldiers the other soldier could react quicker and their help could be more effectively i think that it would be a very good idea.

  99. No because we should stay as long as we said we would to make sure once we leave everything will be fine there and the Afghanistan security forces can take over. Instead of a lot of countries leaving at one time we should leave gradually to help the country.

  100. My choice is split because Afghanistan is in a good spot but if it wasn’t for all the foreign help the country wouldn’t be like that. I think that if we were to pull ALL of our armed force the country we go back into turmoil but if we had some troops in to keep peace when they couldn’t that would be good.

  101. i think that we should git all our people out of other places so that we don’t have to pay for them to be over there for there guns and food and gas for them to git around i don’t think we should have even been in this war thing with these people i also think that we should git in to a war when we don’t know who we are fighting

  102. I think that the U.S of A should change their strategy to something that will win the war, then do that for other wars because our country is too great to be caught up in silly little wars that occur because of stubborn people in powerful countries. The USA is awesome and life should not be as difficult as many American citizens have it. Life should be simple without having to worry that your brother, son, dad, or other loved one could be killed. Obama should either use an atom bomb on their entire country after pulling all our troops out, or just allow them to kill every single Afghan person they see. Bombs are the solution to every problem we could ever have. Life would end for all of the USA’s enemies. All problems would be solved. Obama should just blow up every country and force them to kill themselves. It is the perfect plan, and no more wars would occur.

    • I know you find this funny, and are most likely saying this in a “tongue-in-cheek” fashion. But I have a problem with this. War is not funny. We shouldn’t joke about war in this manner. We as American citizens are so far removed from the horrors of war that I don’t think any of us really understand it. Which is not the case for many people around the world who do not live with that luxury, and who lose loved ones on a daily basis because of war. A good majority of these people are innocent civilians just like you and I. Maybe if we understood this as Americans we would be less likely to go to war, or approve of dropping bombs across the world like we are currently doing to innocent civilians like you and I.

  103. I think we should change our strategy a little so then we could help people. But, a major strategy change, I think, isn’t necessary considering that we are planning on leaving Afghanistan.

  104. I think that the troops should be pulled out of Afghanistan. I dont think they should have gone in there in the first place because its not our war. Although we should continue to keep an eye on them still because we went in the war in the first place and the afghans didn’t forget that.

  105. i think that we should come home with them because if we are there alone then we are the only targets and we will loose alot of troops and there is no reason any more that we are over there.

  106. Yes. We need to change our strategy to keep making it unpredictable for our next move. If we do not that could cost us a lot and it would not end good. If they come at us for what we done, it would not be good. We need to keep a eye on them.

  107. I think that we should change our strategies if planning to stay. And if the Afghans are stepping up then the U.S wouldn’t be as much as a help. By doing this we could save money, as well as lives. So, we should just come home.

  108. I think the US should change there strategy because it would help a lot more. I think that they still have a lot of problems and Australia is doing the right thing but staying longer even though more troops might be killed.

  109. Yes because then we could safe more lives and our population won’t decrease as much. Then we could win the war if we change it. If we follow the suit maybe less soldiers would die, and we need more soldiers as we possibly can.

  110. I think we should stick with what we are doing because so far we have done a good job. I also think there isn’t much need for us there anyway. It would save a a lot of lives if we would let the afghan security forces to take care of things.

  111. I think that the U.S. should change its strategy because we could save more lives that way and my be end the war. People we love fight and die for us so if they changed their strategy more of them might live. They should change their strategy.

  112. I think that the US should have a lot more troops in Afghanistan than they already do. Why I think this is because the Afghan security has stepped up a lot more quicker then every one thought. This could be good except for one thing if the US or other big military forces leave it could create an opportunity for terrorist to strike. And with all the stuff that has gone on in Afghanistan you can never be to safe with putting extra troops in to keep things in order. So with all of this said I think the US should keep a good amount of soldiers on station in Afghanistan in case that something does happen with a situation that needs to be resolved quickly.

  113. I think that they should follow it because it would save a lot of troops. We’ve been helping them out for long enough. I think its time to get out.

  114. I think they should change their strategy in Afghanistan. If they change their strategies than they will over power Afghanistan and be able to take control much faster. Also its is good because it will save many more lives.

  115. I feel that if Afghan forces are stepping up that we could bring our troops home. If they’re stepping up i would feel that they wouldn’t need as many of our troops there. Also if we left the war we would be saving many of our U.S troops lives.

  116. I think that we should because if we have finished everything in Afghanistan then why are we still there? I also think that we should wait a little longer then Australia. Only because if we need to finish a few more things then we can.

  117. I think the United States should review the situation in Afghanistan. I don’t believe that just because one country is, that we all should follow suit. If indeed it is the case that Afghan Soldiers are preparing quicker than expected, then we should pull some troops. However, we need to keep a presence there in case things go south. If all foreign nations pull out at around the same time, then things in Afghanistan could turn ugly quick, and we’d end up right where we started.

  118. I think that the United States should because if Afghan is stepping up to the plate sooner then planned then there is no need for us there. It cost the United States a lot of money to keep the forces there and they are not as needed anymore. If they start to fall after they step up to the plate then we could come in and help them and finish it but I think that they will do fine.

  119. Yes, I think that if we change our strategies in Afghanistan it could save a thousands of our troops lives. Also it might help us win the war earlier than expected. But i do not think that they have to announce it publicly because tan the other side of the war could use that to their advantage and ambush the troops leaving.

  120. Yes because it could possibly save more lives. It might increase our chance of winning the war and doing what Afghanistan is doing might help us too.

  121. I think that we should get out of Afghanistan and go home. We have been in there long enough and need to stop wasting money there. I think that Afghanistan can handle it just fine.

  122. I think the US should at least try and let Afghanistan step up to the plate. Personally, I think we just need to let the troops come home, and Afghan forces stepping up could do so. The US could always step in later to help if anything bad occurs, but other than that, I dont think the US should follow Afghans lead.

  123. yes because, if this is working for Afghanistan then the united states should try it to. if we try this we might be able to save people’s life.And we might be able to win the war!!

  124. Yes because there is still many dangers in Afghanistan and more american life’s could be lost. To ensure that peoples family should have to receive there relatives in a box we should follow Australia’s pursuit. So if we do follow Australia’s suit then there will be hopefully less american lives lost.

  125. Yes because it would make the US win more battles. And it will make a way of less of our troops dying each year. So less chance of so many family troops losing their lives.

  126. I don’t think that we should pull almost all our troops out, but not at the same time. I think if we we’re to pull all of our troops out at the same time then Afghan would start something and we would have either another war or they would try bombing another country again. I think its a good idea to take troops out just not together at one time.

  127. I think that the United States should look into the situation further. We are an independent country and don’t need to base our actions on what Australia is doing. It could be dangerous to completely resign from Afghanistan.

  128. I think that the US should follow suit because we have been in Afghanistan for to long. If we leave our troops they will be alone while other countries pull their troops out. Afghanistan has to be able to protect themselves and not rely on other countries. By leaving Afghanistan we are leaving the country to fend for itself and prove that it is ready to be on its own with out others helping

  129. Replace the Australian forces that are being pulled out with our soldiers so we can strengthen our ties with countries in the middle east. By placing our troops with them it would also help us to see what kind of threats are in Afghanistan or around there. Plus, it would mean we would have more impact of Afghanistan probably in a positive way, so we could take our businesses over there like oil companies.

  130. I think they should come back. We should have never gone over there to began with.

  131. I think that they are not right for taxing a persons income because they will use the money for something useless. No someone should not be taxed for making more money.

  132. Yes i think they should change their troops. If we change we could have a possibility of making a change for the better and keep more of the people alive and have a stronger army overall. It will keep us safe while were out there too. If they can take care of themselves so can we.

  133. Yes. I think they should follow the suit. Maybe we could win the war.

  134. I think that we should. i think this way because if we loss them we will be in big trouble. Also we might loss them as an ally

  135. yes we can should follow. Because if this means that the Afghan’s are stepping up, then we can finally pull our troops, bring them home and support our country. Also its time that Afghanistan learns to take responsibility for their own country.

  136. I think that they should not. We should always have something or someone watching over them in case something goes wrong. i personally don’t think the Afghans are ready for it yet.

  137. I think that should be able to come home for the there safety. Nobody would want them to pass, cause then they would be the ones that has to tell the family about it. I think we should have them come home before somebody we love passes.

  138. Yes, I think the U.S. should change their troops. If we did this then it would probably help save many lives that could be lost if we didn’t. If a country is going to help us and help their people all at the same time, then there is absolutely no reason we shouldn’t change our troops.

  139. I believe that the United States should change their strategy in Afghanistan. They should do, not only what they think is best, but what will keep them alive. Cause it’s not just about fighting. No one wants to die. So, they do what’s best for the U.S. and for their lives.

  140. yes, there a lot of troops if the countries own troops want to step up let them. We do not need to babysit them, they know what to do. Close watch should be kept to make sure they do defend there country.

  141. I don’t think that the United States should follow them because we just need to take out time and do what we need to do so that another war doesn’t start. If we had the United States pull out sooner then we planned it could make the ruler of Afghanistan think that something is wrong and then we would have to go to war. Also it is just better to fulfill the duty and not go back on something that President Obama said the United States would do.

    • It was never our war to fight in the first place we were just there for support but I agree. By pulling out Obama will go back on what he said

  142. Yes if we do it could save lives. It also may help us win the war.

  143. I don’t think that the United states should get involved. But if it has to then I think it should. Because the faster they step up then they might be able to still conduct routine front-line operations.

  144. Yes, i think that the usa should change its strategy becuase the afgan people may be figuring out what we are doing. If they figure out, then they could counter what is going to happen. I think that the us troops should come home back to the us.

  145. I think that the U.S should stay in Afghanistan, but also shouldn’t. I think they should because, it is still kind of a war. But I also think we should pull the troops because it’s not really worth fighting.

  146. Yes i think that we should follow these changes because they need to start fight there own wars. This will be a good test to see if they can handle the war or need more training. We could also save money and save/bring home troops.

  147. Yes the United States should follow suit and change it’s strategy in Afghanistan. I think this because the Afghans are learning fast and we need to become smarter. We also will save lives if we are changing the strategy. Also if this worked for the Afghans then I think it would probably work for us.

  148. Yes, I think that the U.S should change these suits and change its strategies in Afghanistan because we need to be able to match up with them. If they’re stepping up to the plate I think we should too.

  149. I think that it’s smart for Australia to leave. The U.S. never should’ve entered the war it wasn’t our war in the first place.

  150. Yes, I think the U.S should be following these strategies. We are already in enough debt, and I think ending some wars could help. If nothing is getting done in Afghan, than the troops should be brought home.

  151. I think that the US should look into it more before they just decide to change the strategy with Afghanistan. Or at least talk to the Australian Government and see if they can find out more, and then think about if they should leave or not. But they should not just leave because Australia is.

  152. The troops should withdraw progressively, insecurities in Afghanistan could still be resolved and multiple troops could return home. Ultimately, I am contempt with the protective paradigm the U.S. is objectifying.

  153. Yes I think that we should take the same strategy as Australia and let the Afghan Security take more control and responsibility. This is because we won’t be there all the time and they need to get used to working on their own and taking their problems into their own hands. Because if we leave and we haven’t let them have any responsibility then things are going to be worse off for them.

    • I agree with what you are saying. But i think that we shouldn’t pull our troops out early. This is because it could make the people of that country think something is wrong and then it could cause the war to last longer then it already has.

  154. I think this is really important. The U.S. should probably think about evacuating Afghanistan for now because it would really be good for all the men/women who have been fighting and risking there lives to come back and see there families. We definitely shouldn’t forget about this country for good though. Just in case something happens, we should be monitoring.

  155. I honestly think we should just stay in full effect there because we’ve spent so much time there already that another year or so is hardly gonna make a difference money wise. The only reason I think we should pull out our troops is to save money to fix our economy and gas prices, because a lot of people are going through struggles right now with money. Pricey gas and the horrible economy is a slap in the faces to each cheek on all people.

  156. In regards to JULIA GILLARD, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER’S statement “Australian troops will no longer be conducting routine front-line operations with the Afghan National Security Forces”, she is suggesting that Afghan security forces are stepping up to the plate much quicker, should the United States follow suit and change it’s strategy in Afghanistan? No, There is no reason to do something like that. The us dose not to be more involved again as it already was. Stay the way we are.

  157. I think we should because we would be losing troops. And family’s would be ruined if they died in war. Also because our economy won’t be able to handle a big war. And because we need our troops here just in case we need them if we get attacked.

  158. i think that america should be sending more troops because, if Australia is stepping up and losing their troops than america should honor what they are doing and help Australia’s troops and send more of our troops. however if america doesn’t send troops than they are just saying “OK u guys just keep sending troops and have them die while our troops are watching them die.

  159. i don’t think the U.S. should change their strategy because we should always have some kind of military power in places of interest. This will prevent any further conflicts or at least prevent the element of surprise. However i do think we should try to withdraw as many troops as possible without eliminating our intimidation factor.

  160. I think the U.S. should take up the same strategy as Australia. The strategy will save american lives. Maybe the war can come closer to an end.

  161. Yes we should change what were doing. if we don’t their going to come up with something better than what we have.

  162. I think we should just bring out troops home. It will save people their lives, and family members from being sad. We keep spending money that we could be saving. They’re their own country, let them figure out what to do. If we don’t then we are going to loose money, and people’s lives.

  163. I believe that we should wait another few months or sit back a little and see if the afghan national security forces can handle it. If more war breaks out then we would just step in again. I would not know what else to do though.

  164. I think we should change our strategies because we have been in Afghanistan for some many years and the ones we have now aren’t working. We a losing lives across seas everyday. It is costing us a lot of money over there to. We need to get our troops out.

  165. I think we are spending WAY too much on our military. Any way we can cut back, we should. The wars in the middle east are unnecessary and endless, and they take up way too much of our money. There’s so much we could do with just a few billion dollars, but the military wastes hundreds of billions of dollars every year. It’s just unacceptable an inexcusable.

  166. Yes, I think the U.S should remain out of Afghanistan. By doing this, we can protect a lot of the troops lives. I think it would benefit us more because it will allow us to keep our attention on us instead of constantly in Afghanistan. I mean, if the Afghanistans are stepping up faster then they should be able to help themselves. We can’t help or be there forever.

  167. I think that the United States need to get out of Afghanistan. we are loosing too many people for a fight that is not worth it. The people do not even like us there, just look at what happened over the past year. We are fighting for people have been at war like this for thousands of years.Its like the crusades all over again, we cannot change anything. I think we should let the government tend to their own country.

  168. I think that the government should follow suit and start to pull our troops out out of Afghanistan. I say this because the Afghan forces are learning fast so they should be able to stand up and fight for themselves. I think that we have been in this mess long enough so we should slowly start pulling our troops out giving the Afghan forces a little extra time to learn. What they don’t learn from our military i’m sure they can figure out on their own.

  169. I think we should be pulling troops, I agree with the prime minister that the Afghan troops are trying harder at keeping things under control. It seems that everyday more and more American troops are dieing because of senseless violence. But unless the Afghans are sure they can handle themselves, we should stay untill we are not needed.

  170. all i think america should do is find a way to get are troops out of there

  171. Yes, i think that they should stay with it and follow through with it. Because if we don’t Afghanistan will have more ways to attack and get better with there weapons and stuff. Plus if we don’t do it we will end up losing soldiers which we don’t need.

  172. i think that the u.s should stay here .Because it would save a lot of life and money. also that it would be bad for us to go over there again.

  173. I think that we should follow in the footsteps of the Prime minister. We are losing many troops and that is breaking apart many families. If the Afghan forces do step up to the plate much quicker then we should definitely follow in their footsteps.

  174. i think that we should pull out of Afghanistan but keep an eye on them. we also need to see if their police and military can control themselves. we cant keep fighting other peoples battles they need to learn how to stand on their own two legs.

  175. I think that our troops should return home. It was never our war to get into. Australia is smart to take their troops out now. It’s good that they’re stepping up, and we should leave too.

  176. If the Afghans are doing this, then I don’t think we should follow suit, because the Afghans can take care of themselves, and we have our own problems. Afghan has their own security and army, so that can protect their country.

  177. Ya, i think the troops should return home. I think it would save lives of those still there. Also it would save a lot of money that could be used for something else like our dept.

  178. I believe that the US should bring back some troops but keep some there to keep an eye on the afghan army and whats going on all around. If Afghan does step up to the plate then we should send our troops back for battle and see what happens from there.

  179. I think we should follow suit and change it’s strategy in Afghanistan because this change could protect more people in the united states. Also since they are surrounding the country it would help with protecting the people by sea.

  180. Yes we should follow suite. We need to pull out because if you stay in too long there could be major problems. We are losing more and more people everyday. There really is no point in staying.

  181. In regards to JULIA GILLARD, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER’S statement “Australian troops will no longer be conducting routine front-line operations with the Afghan National Security Forces”, she is suggesting that Afghan security forces are stepping up to the plate much quicker, should the United States follow suit and change it’s strategy in Afghanistan? Sure. Why or Why not? Because if we do that we might have a better chance a winning the war which leads to less deaths and grief.

  182. Yes i think that we should pull out

  183. `Yes, Because we could save life’s here. and families won’t have to here that there loved ones are dead. also we could do a lot better and win the war and help the women and men of out country that are fighting for us . and i think it will give us a higher chance of winning this war . period .

  184. Yes, I think that this war isn’t worth the money that it costs to fight at this point. There are more pressing issues here in the US that a little of the funding from the war could go to. I also think that we already did our job in Afghanistan and now they are ready.

  185. we should not change our plan for leaving Afghanistan. If we do this and alkida take over again then we risk another attack from them. it is better to be safe than have Americans killed.

  186. I think that the Afghan leaders should be stepping up more quickly. Its there country to start with they should be in charge of it. If the people that are will to help have to go then let them go they helped while they could.

  187. I think the United States should take out some of our troops, but not all of them. Maybe take out half or so so that the Afghan troops still have time left to finish figuring out how to defend their country. I think if everyone dropped out at once, the Afghans would feel abandoned and unprepared to do their job. They may be quick learners, but they still need people their to help reinforce their new knowledge. As soon as the Afghan troops are able to honestly do what their supposed to, the rest of the troops can leave.

  188. I believe the U.S should stay out of Afghanistan for now but keep an eye on them in case something should go wrong. I think what the Australians are doing is smart. However, they should still be ready in case of an “emergency.”

  189. Yes, i do think that they should follow this. But i don’t think that we should pull out all of our troops, we should only keep a few until the war is officially over. This will save a lot of money from how expensive war is.

  190. Yes I think that we should follow suit and pull our troops out of Afghanistan but not all. I think we should have some of the troops stick around for maybe a month or two undercover just to see what the people do when enforcement leaves.

  191. Yes, because clearly the Australian Prime Minister believes that the Afghan troops are ready to take this responsibility on their own. I believe that could be true, but I don’t think we should announce to our enemies when we are leaving.

  192. yes,because if we follow through with it we can save lives.This will also help us win the war.We are spending a lot of money on the war,and i think we need to use the money for better reasons like getting the u.s. on track again.

  193. Yes, I think that the U.S should follow these stratagies. But I think that only some troops should stay until the job is done. War is very expensive so it will save money to not have all troops.

  194. I think the United States should not change its strategy until the region is more secure. With recent examples of the instability of the region such as the mass prison break that was caused by terrorists attacking the prison, the security forces still need U.S. assistance. Risking a more immediate withdrawal could allow terrorists to overrun the security forces in Afghanistan. Losing all the progress 10 years of war achieved would be a major mistake, and I think the United States should slowly withdraw, rather than risking losing all the progress we have made.

  195. I think the U.S. troops still in Afghanistan should stay until the Afghan troops are fully prepared to defend their own country, not while they’re developing quickly, also with Australia leaving there will be less troops and the chances of terrorist attacks will slightly go up if the Afghan soldiers can’t get rid of them.

  196. I think that yes, the US should change what they are doing because we need to try to get our troops home to their families. But there is also the threat that if troops start leaving then the people over in Afg. might attempt to make their technology more advanced.

  197. I think we should because we would be losing troops. And family’s would be ruined if they died in war. Also because our economy possibly won’t be able to handle a big war. And because we need our troops here just in case we need them if we get attacked.

  198. Yes i think that the U.S. forces should return home. This we reunite a lot of families and it would make everyone happier. And it was never our war to get into anyways. We never should of went into Afghanistan.

  199. The united states should decide to pull out for now, but they should keep an eye on Afghanistan in case of any other problems. It will also be better for the men and women who have been fighting over seas.

  200. Yes, i think that they should follow through because if we don’t than the Afghanistan people are going to get better with their weapons and ways to attack. Another reason is that we could be losing more lives if we don’t take them out. The Afghanistan people are going to start taking control over everyone if they don’t.

  201. Yes, i do think that the United States should follow the suit and change its strategy in Afghanistan. In doing so, peoples lives could be saved and their could be a bigger and better outcome. If the Afghanistan’s are stepping up too fast then we should definitely back down and get a new strategy. Changing the strategy will possibly make stronger troops for the U.S especially if Australia is backing out.

  202. I think that the US should change to a non-combat role in Afghanistan, but they shouldn’t withdraw yet. The country is much more secure by its own police force now, so we no longer need to be on the front lines. The country is no yet completely stable, and one big event could set the whole country back.

  203. I think the troops should be pulled out immediately, but also think, well, what if the country becomes unstable again, and back in the condition it was years ago? We’d have to send back the troops who just got home, and then some. Our position in this war right now is to ensure the stability in the governments threatening to collapse, leaving enemy terrorist groups to do as they please, in this case, the Taliban. As much as anyone would want their husbands or wives or siblings back, we need to end whatever it is then and there. We can’t spare any maybes.

  204. Yes the United States should follow suit and change its strategy. If we do change our strategy it might save a lot of peoples lives. Also if they step in more quickly then i think that they should be able to leave more soon so then we will be saving a lot of lives.

  205. I think that the US troops should be getting out of Afghanistan sooner also. The more time that they are there the less time they are other places that need help more. They have been in Afghanistan for so long that made Afghan forces somewhat dependent on outside help. the Afghan forces are just now getting to where they need to be with taking things into their own hands but i think that it should have happened a long time ago. Also I don’t think so many troops should have been in there in the first place because it the Afghan forces took a better lead to start with than there would be no need for more troops.

  206. Yes, I think that we need to change our strategies. We need better and stronger strategies, because the outcome could be alot better. Since Australia is pulling out, I think we should step it up a little more.

  207. Yes, I think the troops should change there ways because they are losing people everyday and its time to follow a new direction.

  208. i think we should because it would help us win the war.

  209. No, i think that the U.S. should just get out of Afghanistan because we have wasted to much time there. I think that its time to bring our troops home and let someone other country have a turn. I think that the people in Afghan should just turn against the leaders they have and over rule them so we don’t have to put our troops in danger. Leave it up to them to fix.

  210. I think that we could let the Afghanistan security force due more but i don’t think we should completely leave. If we leave too fast then all of the things we did in their would go to wast because the terrorist gropes will take over again and we can’t trust their security force yet. We should still be their to help them in combat to help the become better and help rebuild the country.

  211. I think the us troops should stay in Afghan because i don’t think Australia will not have alot of people to fight in the war.

  212. I think that U.S troops should follow the idea of leaving Afghanistan. This conflict has been going on for far to long. We aren’t getting anywhere with this. The Taliban and Al Quieda are slowly falling apart, and there is a global disinterest in this war. Far too many U.S troops have died fighting against a threat that does not show much of a danger anymore.

  213. Yes i do think we should bring back troops so families can live not thinking that one of the members is out dying in Afghanistan, but at the same time we need troops to stay there and monitor. I think there should be specialized groups of marines that stay or marines that volunteer.

  214. I think the United states should pull back their troops espically if Afghanistan is advancing more rapidly. This could majorly save lives and keep from more warfare. If we pull back many attacks might as well and that could help us majorly.

  215. I think that the United States should change their strategy in Afghanistan just for a little while until they know that the Afghans are really stepping up to the plate. But if the Afghans are stepping up to the plate then they should move out.

  216. I think we should change our strategies, but not completely leave Afghanistan. I think that if we leave the country, we wouldn’t be as connected to them, nor would we be updated with their activity as often. It would be nice to know what is going on over there, and if we completely take out our troops then we wouldn’t be able to.

  217. Yes because if we do that we may be able to save people. It also may help the US win the war. But I think we should leave now instead of in a year it would save a couple hundred lives.

  218. Yes, I think that the US should follow Afghanistan and change its strategy. We have already been fighting in Afghanistan for a while and I think it’s time they get to come home. They deserve to finally come home after working for out country.

  219. I think the united states should NOT follow suit and back out of Afghanistan, i understand that we have been there a long time and people want us out but what is going to happen if we back out, are we gonna become a place that will be attacked by the Taliban? I want the soldiers out but i just don’t think it should happen.

  220. I think that the United States should change their strategy. Australia obviously has a plan, and i think we should work with them to defeat the war. If our main goal is to end war, we should start to come together and use our heads.

  221. I think that the United States should follow Australia’s strategy, and remove our troops from Afghanistan. Afghanistan needs to start taking control of itself, because in economical hardships, it is hard for a country like the U.S. to continue defending another country. Also, the Afghans don’t even want us there. In conclusion, the United States should change their strategy.

  222. Yes they should. It will help in the end to protect our nation. It can also be bad because it might require a lot of families such as parents to go off to the war for support and that might not be good for anyone.

  223. Yes, I think the United States should follow suit and change it’s strategy. The U.S. has already been in Afghanistan for a very long time so their current strategy must not be working. I think that by changing their strategy, it would allow the troops to come home faster.

  224. I think that the United States needs to stay in the area as long as it takes. They need to stay there until they know for sure that the Afghan troops no longer need their support. If we leave the country earlier then we need to then the area could just end up going back to the way it was before. We need to stay until the job is done.

  225. I believe that Afghan is more in control than it was when the U.S. began getting involved. I think that this basically is contributed by the Afghans more stable military. Once the Military is fully stable, it should be time for the United States to be like Australia and pull majority of troops out.

  226. I think that at this point Afghan needs to start taking control and responsibility for their own country. The members of NATO can’t keep their troops their forever, especially with such economic hardships in many of the countries including the U.S. I believe that Australia’s prime minister is on the right track with her plan, it’s time Afghan started taking control of itself and responsibility for its own internal problems.

  227. Your question: In regards to JULIA GILLARD, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER’S statement “Australian troops will no longer be conducting routine front-line operations with the Afghan National Security Forces”, she is suggesting that Afghan security forces are stepping up to the plate much quicker, should the United States follow suit and change it’s strategy in Afghanistan? Why or Why not? 3-5, Caps, Spellcheck!

    I do not believe that the U.S. should follow them because the Taliban do not have anything against the Australians but they do with the U.S. So if we were to pull our troops sooner and the Afghan officials don’t have control of the problem they could just keep on attacking us and it will take more time and money to send troops back over when we should have left them there in the first place.

  228. I think we should pull our troops out before 2013 because all we are doing is getting us soldiers killed. we are not getting any where. All we do is push forward then get shot at and retreat. So i think we should pull them out.

  229. Your question: In regards to JULIA GILLARD, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER’S statement “Australian troops will no longer be conducting routine front-line operations with the Afghan National Security Forces”, she is suggesting that Afghan security forces are stepping up to the plate much quicker, should the United States follow suit and change it’s strategy in Afghanistan? Why or Why not? 3-5, Caps, Spellcheck!

    I do not think the U.S. should follow up. I think we are doing perfectly fine in Afghanistan WITH the help of our allies as it is. I don’t think we should change from a GOOD strategy.

  230. I believe that the situation in Afghanistan is more stable than it was a couple years ago, but there is still significant violence in the country, and if all NATO countries withdraw their troops, things will take a turn for the worse. Since Australia is a small contributor as far as troop numbers go, with only 1,500 in Afghanistan, we can afford having them withdraw. However, if a large, robust force such as the US were to withdraw this soon, without assurance of total stabilization, the effects could be negative.

  231. I think that we should and shouldn’t at the same time. They should but i think they should wait and hang on to make sure and then the U.S. should drop out. This will save money, lives, and fuel. I just think we should wait to see how the afghans do and if they do good the U.S. should leave if not the U.S. should stay.

  232. I think that the U.S. should change it’s strategy. People are loosing their lives in Afghanistan and if they change the plans they can reduce that. I think that we should change sooner than we said or as soon as we can.

  233. I think that the US should change its strategy and pull out of Afghanistan. I think this because the Afghan people don’t want us there anyway. They don’t like what we are doing. They want us out. Also we should change it and pull out because its a strain on resources and if what the prime minister of Australia says is true, then the Afghan security forces can handle the country. They don’t need help.

  234. i think the more people we get out of Afghanistan the better because its their country and they should be able to control their country if they are willing to have 1. i think the us will back out soon because of all the people they lost in the war. the only reason i think we have to stay in arebic countries is to stop them from making bombs that are big enough to harm other countries such as australia and the us

  235. I do think that the U.S. should change its role in Afghanistan. If the Afghan security forces are getting stronger, that means that the U.S. has less of a need to be there.
    Taking troops out of Afghanistan would save lives.

    • I agree. Another point as to why we should remove troops is because we are in a time of economical hardships, and it is very expensive to keep troops there.

  236. I think the U.S should change their plans so that people can come and so lives will be saved. If they change their plans more people will be saved and the people in Afghanistan might give up and just let everything be normal. If they’re stepping up faster there but be anything for us to do anymore and should let it be.

    • I agree, less people will lose their lives and Afghanistan might step up.

    • I think you have to make sure that Afghanistan isn’t going to slip back into violence when we leave, however. Maybe treaties would do the trick.

    • As much as we want people to come home after years of turmoil, all that work will be done for nothing if we let the grasp on the already unstable country loosen. We require to ensure safety for the people in Afghanistan.

  237. Well yes the U.S. should change its strategy. They should because it changes the amount of troops and reinforcements they have in the area. So the U.S. should be wary of what it means by not having as many troops.

  238. I don’t think the U.S. should change its strategy in Afghanistan just because Australia is. I guess it all depends on the status of Afghan troops. If the troops are doing well enough that they can protect their own country, I say we leave. If not, stay for a while longer to protect them.

    • You’re right. If Afghanistan can keep peace in it’s country and agrees to sign treaties with NATO, then leaving is definitely a good idea. But we want to make sure the country is stable first.

    • I agree to a certain point because it is a good idea to make sure that Afghanistan will remain stable. I think that our troops should be pulled, because we are having economic troubles, and war makes it worse.

  239. I think we should “follow suit” and back down because we will be able to see what Afghanistan will be like on their own for once. If they go right back to being hostile and a threat, we will need to go back in there. If they don’t we will have many troops come back and the families won’t have to be as worried. This will be better for the country and for their families. People can go on with their lives. But again, if the Afghans become bad again, we may have to return for a longer time.

  240. yes because family will not be destroyed from war. with fight win you can be friend

  241. Yes because they are losing lots of are troops in afganistand and need to pull them out.Alstraia is pulling their troops out we shuld do the same.If we pull them out we can send them home to their familys.

  242. Yes, the United States should follow the suit and change their strategy. They should do this because if more people leave then there will be less people to follow the suit and they have to be stronger also with their new strategies. If a lot of countries are combined they will be strong. That’s why the United States should follow the suit and change their strategy.

  243. Yes, i do think that we should bring our troops back. I think that because we would save a lot of lives and families would be reunited. The problems in Afghanistan are not our problem anyway so why intervene.

  244. I think they should change strategy. This would most likely save lives. This would also save a lot of money.

  245. if we do then we could be doing something good, like helping people survive, they should change their strategies. It could help in ways that we haven’t exactly seen before.

  246. I think they should but not take them all out. I say that because there could do bad things when we leave. Another thing if we bring them all home we will no longer have eyes over there to see what they are doing. But it could be us more safer.

    • I agree that if we take all the troops out bad things will happen because then the enemy feels they have a chance to fight back.

  247. Yes I think the U.S should change their strategies. Better and stronger strategies can result in less deaths of troops. Since Australia is pulling out that means there will be less troops to assist in the war. We need better strategies.

  248. I think they should so that the Afghan people can deal with their own problems. I have found that keeping to yourself keep you out of trouble more. If I were to make the decision I would fall back.

  249. I think that we should have are troops go back so that they can see there family’s and save some life’s. There is more help coming in on our side we could defeat a lot more Afghanistan’s army. Even though we have a lot of smaller troops there this is help coming with them being part of the security.

  250. I don’t think that they should change their plan. I think right now we are doing perfectly fine so we don’t need to step up quicker like Australia. If we step up and change our plan then its gonna end up costing us a lot more money for war.

  251. Change our strategy? I thought we were leaving sometime next year? Above all else i’d like to leave the war, it’s expensive and neither side is the clear victor as of now. Australia made a good choice, I don’t see why we shouldn’t back out too.

  252. I do not think that they should follow through with this because if the Afghanistan people are moving this will hurt them because if they have to go home then they will not have a really good plan and they already got them plan.

  253. I do not think that the U.S. Military should change its strategies. We have been developing these strategies since Americas military forces were first created. Just because some Australians are leaving does not mean that Afghan soldiers are going to become demi-gods and destroy us. The United States Armed Forces are the best in the world, and our tactics are what always allows us to win, so if we go on changing this and that we may lose. So i think that the United States Military should remain doing what it does, showing other countries why they shouldn’t screw with us.

    • These same strategies that have kept us in Afghanistan for 10 years without success, and for 9 years in Iraq without necessarily winning the war? Maybe it’s time we should re-examine what we are doing?

  254. yes they should change their strategy because if we so we might save life. And if we do change it we might have a better chance of winning the war. But we shouldn’t change that much because every one is happy how the U.S is fighting right now so they should change their strategy just not a lot.

  255. i think that the U.S should make a treaty because the only thing that’s going on in Afghanistan is troops getting killed.

  256. I think that the United States should leave Afghanistan. That to me would be the best idea to me. It would save lives and bring more people back to their families

  257. I think that we should change our strategy in Afghanistan, because how do we know that since they are evolving they will leave us behind. They could be eventually better than us in military if we don’t try a new strategy either. And lastly we have not changed our strategy in a while they might know what to expect, so I think we should do a surprising type one.

  258. yes they should in a little bit, the sooner that more troops leave is the sooner that the Taliban has time to take control again. but in time this will have to happen because the troops will never be ready for them if we don’t leave. i do think we will leave sooner than expected.

  259. I do think that we should have some troops go back so that we could save more lives and i there is more help coming in on our side then we could defeat a lot more of Afghanistan’s army. Even thought that we have a small number of troops still there, the more help the better with Afghanistan’s security forces coming up to the plat quicker than everyone fighting against them. Maybe we could even win the war over.

    • I like your idea of keeping some troops there to help Afghanistan’s security forces. And you’re right we may be able to win the war over.

    • I think we should too so more people’s lives will be saved and they can go back to their families.

  260. Yes, I think that we have to do it, because if we don’t do it, we will lose many soldiers. That won’t help us in war. It will only make it worse. We need all of the help we can get, and if we need to change strategy then we HAVE to do it! This could help us win this war… And who ever said winning was a bad thing? This isn’t just for us… We need to help other countries that Afghanistan could be considered a threat to as well.

  261. I think that The U.S military should leave the Afghanistan military, and just let the Afghan National Security Forces take over. because The U.S military I feel is just in the way of the Afghanistan Military. They know what there doing so why don’t we just let them do what they do best. Which is protect their country.

  262. I think that the United States should leave at the same time the Australian’s because if they both leave and Afghan cant handle it then they might have to go back into the country. I think that we both can leave the war but on different times. Also they should give it a good 3 months until the other country leaves.

  263. i think that it would be a good idea if we did, but for their families, it would be best for them to head home, but we need them there to keep us safe.

  264. Yes because if we do leave soon then more lives would be sparred. I think that the Afghans are ready to take over. I think that the Taliban won’t be able to take over again. If we pull out then the war will end.

  265. yes the middle east is a waist of time, money, and american soldiers there has been war in the middle east sense the beginning of time people there will never stop fighting because there not afraid to die america needs to wory about other regions

  266. Yes i think we should because then finally we could have people stop dying, and people losing family members, and soldiers coming back with trauma that messes them up. it would be better without the u.s over there i think

  267. Yes, I think we have to do that because we could save a lot of people. If we do we might win the war and not have to worry about that anymore. If we don’t we will lose a lot of soldiers which will not help us in the war.

  268. I think they should. We have lost thousands over in Iraq and they should be able to defend themselves. Besides there are thousands of soldiers still there from 40+ countries.

  269. Yes because it could possibly save people and families.

  270. I think what we are doing right now is fine and we shouldn’t change anything up because most U.S. citizens are pleased with the results. Changing it up would make most people feeling uncomfortable and stressed again with the plans changing. But, if the new plan would save lives, then it’s worth negotiating.

  271. I just think that the US needs to withdraw its military from Afghanistan and let the afghan security forces take over. It was said last year that the US was pulling out of Afghanistan so why haven’t they done it yet? its only going to cost the US more money if they stay in Afghanistan.

  272. Yes I do think that we should change because if we don’t more lives will be lost and then we go into more conflicts and things can get worse at any time. So what we should do is take out the ones that have been there and then if anything gets worse back there then we should send them back in so it never happens again.

  273. Yes, I think the United States should follow suit. They should also change their strategy in Afghanistan. I think they should do this so we can be successful and win the war.

  274. I think they should not change the way and stay out and keep the country war free. One reason is because it is costing our country lots of money to keep troops there and our economy is already bad. Also we should try and work things out and become allies.

  275. Yes because the longer they take the quicker the enemy might attack and it will cause lots of death. So the US should get them out as fast as they can to ensure safety. Also hey should try to troops out of all middle eastern countries

  276. Yes, if this working for Afghanistan then the United States should as well. It will help us win the war possibly. Also it will also help lives of the U.S. troops. I think it would be a good idea to do as what Afghanistan did.

  277. i dont think the u.s. shoul,d step up we always step up we just need to bring are troops home we have been in war im sure more then 8 years everyones just tired of fighting and want it to stop.

  278. We should not keep our troops in Afghanistan for much longer. The Afghans will only get smarter, and eventually, start besting our troops. We should follow Australia’s strategy, and leave before they reach this point.

  279. so long as the afgan forces truly can defend against corruption and various other problems, then yes. the war is costing the united states billions of dollars and should be stopped asap. however we must ensure that they are competent in their defense.

  280. If the Afghans are stepping up much faster then I think we should leave earlier because there isn’t much need for us anymore. This will bring our soldier home and probably save some lives. I think we should probably leave sooner than previously said.

  281. I do not think the united states should fallow due to the fact that there time is not up yet yes the afghan soldiers are learning fast but that dose not mean they know everything.In my opinion i think the u.s should stay until there time in done there and once it is over leave.

  282. Possibly yes, even though i don’t have much war knowledge. I could see it increasing our chances to winning the war.

  283. yes because what there doing could make a change for troops. This may help them know that its not okay to just give up in life you have to keep pushing and that’s what there all doing for us today.They need our help as we the people.

  284. yes because if we do that we might save life and people will not have to be informed that their family’s are deceased. maybe if we do that we might win the war and not have to be scared for the man and woman that are fighting for the surrounding country’s that need are help.

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