Skip to comments.Obama Makes Secret Visit To Afghanistan ... Will Designate Country Major Non-NATO Ally
Posted on 05/01/2012 12:58:36 PM PDT by Zakeet
Complete Headline: Obama Makes Secret Visit To Afghanistan On Anniversary Of Osama Death; Will Designate Country Major Non-NATO Ally
Just when we thought the president didn't have any tricks left up his pre-election sleeve on the anniversary of Osama's death announcement, here he comes and surprises everyone with what has just been disclosed as a secret visit to Afghanistan, where in a televised statement at 7:30 pm Eastern, the president will announce a strategic partnership with president Karzai, and where he will designate Afghanistan a major non-Nato ally - the "first such designation of the Obama presidency."
President Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday to sign an agreement charting future relations with the country, making the secret trip on the first anniversary of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Obama plans to deliver a televised address to Americans later on Tuesday.
The U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement will set conditions for a U.S. presence there after a 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of most NATO combat forces.
As he fights for his re-election, Obama is seeking to portray his foreign policy record as a success.
His re-election campaign has made bin Laden's death a key part of that argument, and the president's visit to the country where militants hatched the September 11, 2001 attacks will reinforce that message. It also opens him up to criticism from Republicans, who say Obama has politicized bin Laden's death.
After leaving Washington under cover of darkness late on Monday and flying overnight, Obama arrived at Bagram Air Base before visiting Kabul.
He planned to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at his palace and will later make remarks to troops at Bagram. From Bagram, he also plans to deliver formal remarks about the Afghanistan war at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT).
Obama's speech will focus on the strategic partnership agreement and is likely to put an emphasis on his plans to wind down the costly and unpopular Afghanistan war where nearly 3,000 U.S. and NATO soldiers have died since the country was invaded in 2001.
After a U.S. troop increase that Obama ordered in late 2009, U.S. and NATO forces have managed to weaken Taliban militants, but the movement is far from defeated.
That's all great. Our only concern is for the secret service: considering the local conservative agenda, will there be enough entertainment for Obama's sworn protectors to distract themselves in the time before and after the president declares his foreign policy an epic success?
Well, there are always poppy seeds...
You right wing nuts probably don't fully appreciate either the Wee Wee's courage or his military genius
He'll probably make another surprise visit on the morning of Nov 6 2012 as well.
A special press release will go out to all lame stream media for coverage all day until all the polls close too.
So telling of Zero’s insecurity.
Not only is he “spiking the football, he’s doing a “victory lap” in the middle of the race.
He is such a narcissist that he has to climb on top of the accomplishments of others (while pushing them down) to show how much of a “hero” he is.
We have all seen these types before. His “Napoleon Complex” seems to be showing, big time.
maybe they will offer to keep him for us??
Yes, and maybe he will decide to stay there with his soul-bro’s, too?
Yes, and maybe he will decide to stay there where he’d possibly be more comfortable, too?
He is trying sooooo hard to NOT be Jimmy Carter....but the more he tries, the more he FAILS.
Oh Boy!!...that's gonna do a lot of good. Pathetic try to look like a "big Boy". MEGA PUTZ!!!
Major non-NATO ally.
Because we have so many interests in common.
Now they're really screwed.
Obama is just trying to lock up a lifetime supply of blow.
What a disgrace to the uniform. Should have posted him in a “thong”. Far more appropriate.
There is one over riding, primary interest.
That is a place with a large fully functioning military airfield and prepared areas for staging special ops into Iran.
The common interest is the enemy, Iran.
he gets that from his Secret Service folk
Isn’t this a thumb in the eye of Pak? They need some serious smoothing over, on this day in particular.
“After a U.S. troop increase that Obama ordered in late 2009, U.S. and NATO forces have managed to weaken Taliban militants, but the movement is far from defeated.”
Absolute BS. Our dead and wounded are at an all time high and the Taliban is operating with impunity. We have withdrawn from small cities and rural areas. Our ability to engage is fatally limited by the rules of engagement or disengagement if you will. The best military in the world is being further hamstrung by gay and feminist activists.
Will Designate Country Major Non-NATO Ally
that punches above it’s weight
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