Obama's Afghanistan Plan
How did media react to troop withdrawal timetable?
- Duration 6:31
- Date Jun 25, 2011
How did media react to troop withdrawal timetable?
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We want try to make Afghanistan a perfect place.
We will not police -- streets or patrol its mountains and definitely.
That is the responsibility of the Afghan government which must step up its ability to protect its people.
And moved from an economy shaped by war to one that can sustain a lasting peace.
Obama's primetime address to the nation Wednesday night announcing his plans.
Four US military involvement in Afghanistan -- headline being the withdrawal of 33000.
Of our troops.
By the end of next summer for draw down -- you got mixed reaction what about the media.
The action I well I think cat.
It was mixed is -- kind in charitable description of the way most of the media reacted reflecting.
The actual import of what the president's -- I want -- salute.
Less gal who had this story in the Daily Beast three weeks ago.
And it wasn't picked up saying the president was going to go for all taking out all of the 33000 that he put in.
Over twelve to eighteen months and he was right.
And nobody kind of followed him until now.
The plan as he put it forward didn't seem to please anybody -- the president supporters want everybody out yesterday.
And yet military leaders seem to be saying you know this is too much too soon right to -- the coverage reflect that it.
At and from the right and from the left I see a disturbance in the liberal force right now is as as demonstrated by -- -- And that's right yeah I -- do look a little like out of that.
The LA times opinion piece by Alan Andrew Malcolm the quote the president is in a mess of his own making.
And in the nation one of the most liberal publications in the country John Nichols wrote that the Libya war is un declared unconstitutional and -- necessary -- is getting on Afghanistan.
And he's getting on Libor on on Libya.
Now I believe of course of the media gonna.
Around Obama by the time of the election but right now they're not very well pleased about.
Charles Krauthammer Jim called it an anti war.
Speech essentially an anti war announcement and and -- out that.
The idea of having 33000 troops out by the end of next summer.
Positions the president's just as voters are getting ready to go to the polls are getting ready -- you noted to think seriously about the election in November.
What a cynical man that.
I've been looking cal cal -- I mean that the -- bush left hates this it's policy speech and the hawkish right.
-- Krauthammer also dislikes it although there are few Ron Paul more than a -- Ron -- -- -- parents who also.
Hated that happens -- that they -- -- Dennis Kucinich as a vote in the house represented.
I think what's -- most enters into this mainstream reporters who at least try to at least try to hide their ideology is all these process questions.
Who -- -- -- this is in the most telegraphed.
Policy discussion probably going back ever since 2009 with all the flap over General McChrystal is on.
Is it is Petraeus on board is gates on board as admiral Mullen on board.
What about Vice President Biden -- time Donaldson I mean reporters are so inside the story.
Picking out everybody inside administration ends and so they're doing the tick tock which is very difficult to make policy work.
When reporters are picking on the details like that.
The president referenced -- one of the highlights to this point of his administration the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden -- tracking down and killing him.
Was that he was criticized but in some circles for bringing that up as a criticism that he criticizes some circles a couple of.
But no matter what -- -- Jim hello Jim hell happened is going to be criticized.
By the -- -- -- huge Krauthammer because if he's sent cynically.
Doing this to back it up to back time into the election.
And he's only taking out enough troops that their present the surge he is still left with twice as many troops as were there when he became -- the United States so.
This say -- -- he's doing this to kind of help himself get reelected his base wants nothing to do -- this that and that's been represented the media as well.
That Allen -- I'm DN.
Exactly what he did with great fanfare earlier supposed to be a search for small a short period of time was -- permanent.
You know it you know it's not -- -- us in the media I don't see it anywhere maybe Jim energy or your picks it up.
What happens if this doesn't work what happens if the Taliban and al-Qaeda comeback in and they will laugh what okay should we tell -- -- troops -- definitely -- -- because we can't be there -- -- we -- -- -- -- the discussion in the media should have nothing to do with maybe that reestablishing a terrorist nation coming after him -- he's -- -- -- -- have a that we have to -- anywhere in the -- it is anywhere in the world -- different.
Are the kind of elite -- -- -- and -- now what.
A place in the world sent me.
9/11 bombers to New York -- Afghanistan.
But they are definitely.
Ten years ago this people aren't in Afghanistan yeah there and you are pointing out the context of this they're pointing out the length of this war twice as long as -- -- to throw -- -- the Soviets were in.
If that people who was what about nine elevenths that we went to get aren't there anymore what about the media.
-- of the media examine the president's comparisons between the -- action.
And the Afghanistan plan.
Yes I think they have and more and more people are raising questions about consistency use of force and the president's extraordinary position.
On the war powers act -- we've seen the reaction from the media reflecting the real discomfort with this decision whether or not it's the right.
And then that -- the media is not exactly gathering around to support Barack Obama on what -- indicated that unity -- I've seen this in the Washington -- -- for remembering that George Bush not the oblivious favorite politician went to congress twice looking for resolutions on Afghanistan and Iraq and now Obama's in Libya was nothing.
You know what the -- -- this really reluctant to do and I think they're gonna have to do it at some point.
We sit on the show before they were cheerleaders leading up to 2008 election this is the guy was gonna part the waters he was going to smoothed out the crooked places do all these things cure could tooth decay I'm -- here.
Elephant and now they're realizing that he's mortal just like every other president what are they gonna kind of they're sensing the census is a you know we -- meet -- keepers are.
Supporting this guy and -- well certainly didn't today.
That not that we'll and they were gonna want them whenever so liberal gets elected he's not even that liberal as the media audible on every conservative judges the people spoken time her --