Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Obama Makes Secret Visit To Afghanistan ... Will Designate Country Major Non-NATO Ally
Zero Hedge / Reuters ^ | May 1, 2012 | Tyler Durden

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."

From Reuters:

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...


TOPICS:
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; military; obama; surprisevisit; waronterror

You right wing nuts probably don't fully appreciate either the Wee Wee's courage or his military genius

1 posted on 05/01/2012 12:58:54 PM PDT by Zakeet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Zakeet
Just my prediction.

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.

2 posted on 05/01/2012 1:06:54 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

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.


3 posted on 05/01/2012 1:07:12 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

maybe they will offer to keep him for us??


4 posted on 05/01/2012 1:11:49 PM PDT by rigelkentaurus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

Yes, and maybe he will decide to stay there with his soul-bro’s, too?


5 posted on 05/01/2012 1:12:55 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (remember when "Four more years!" was a credible campaign slogan for an incumbent?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

Yes, and maybe he will decide to stay there where he’d possibly be more comfortable, too?


6 posted on 05/01/2012 1:13:40 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (remember when "Four more years!" was a credible campaign slogan for an incumbent?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

He is trying sooooo hard to NOT be Jimmy Carter....but the more he tries, the more he FAILS.


7 posted on 05/01/2012 1:17:18 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet
Obama Makes Secret Visit To Afghanistan ... Will Designate Country Major Non-NATO Ally

Oh Boy!!...that's gonna do a lot of good. Pathetic try to look like a "big Boy". MEGA PUTZ!!!

8 posted on 05/01/2012 1:19:25 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

Major non-NATO ally.

Because we have so many interests in common.


9 posted on 05/01/2012 1:19:58 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet
He's naming them a "major ally"?

Now they're really screwed.

10 posted on 05/01/2012 1:21:02 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LucianOfSamasota

Obama is just trying to lock up a lifetime supply of blow.


11 posted on 05/01/2012 1:23:10 PM PDT by thethirddegree
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

What a disgrace to the uniform. Should have posted him in a “thong”. Far more appropriate.


12 posted on 05/01/2012 1:24:25 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet
As a military vet, I can say with absolute authority what servicepeople think of Obama visiting any combat zone, surrounded by 200 Secret Service guards and an additional 400 military guards:

Putz.

13 posted on 05/01/2012 1:25:52 PM PDT by pabianice (ame with)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LucianOfSamasota

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.


14 posted on 05/01/2012 1:26:14 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: thethirddegree

he gets that from his Secret Service folk


15 posted on 05/01/2012 1:26:35 PM PDT by advertising guy ( Slo Joe Biden " I promise you the President has a big stick, but Michelle's is bigger ")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

http://www.hark.com/clips/dxmklndrvh-surprise-surprise-surprise-gomer-pyle-u-dot-s-m-dot-c


16 posted on 05/01/2012 1:30:41 PM PDT by Rock N Jones
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

Isn’t this a thumb in the eye of Pak? They need some serious smoothing over, on this day in particular.


17 posted on 05/01/2012 1:32:44 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

“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.


18 posted on 05/01/2012 1:34:30 PM PDT by JimSEA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

Will Designate Country Major Non-NATO Ally

that punches above it’s weight


19 posted on 05/01/2012 1:58:50 PM PDT by molson209
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet
Barack Obamah Spikes The Football!


20 posted on 05/01/2012 2:15:07 PM PDT by TexasCajun
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet
Musings from the Right Side:

If they made the Marines leave their weapons outside when Sec Def Leon Pinata (pun intended) last visited, I wonder to what degree of security they will subject those attending Dear Leader's speech?

Metal Detectors? TSA Scanners? Or perphaps full body cavity searches? lol

21 posted on 05/01/2012 2:41:17 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

The last shriek on the retreat. Thanks Zakeet.


22 posted on 05/01/2012 3:03:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: bert

Good point.

Do you think Obama would actually attack Iran?


23 posted on 05/01/2012 3:12:51 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: bert
That is a place with a large fully functioning military airfield and prepared areas for staging special ops into Iran.

There is one primary reason that overrides the interest you present, Muslim rage.

Any attack on Iran (Or any "fundamental" Islamic country) using Afghan as a staging point will paralyze Kabul, Bagram, and the rest of the air bases. Taxpayers will be subjected to perpetually pouring $$$ into a rat hole; what a strategic disaster this will be since resources drained will be monumental in this endeavor.
24 posted on 05/01/2012 3:13:30 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet
Obama Makes Secret Visit To Afghanistan On Anniversary Of Osama Death; Will Designate Country Major Non-NATO Ally

An Ally in what?

25 posted on 05/01/2012 4:10:00 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Right_in_Virginia
An Ally in what?

An Ally in the long line of countries that mooch off of the US taxpayer.

26 posted on 05/01/2012 6:22:23 PM PDT by Sarajevo ( Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: rollo tomasi

You make an invalid assumption that Islam is homogeneous. It is not.

You assume that the fundamentalism of the Iranian Mullahs is universal. It is not. The Mullah’s beliefs are not even universal in Iran.

You do not consider the politics that drive the Mideast. Those politics while strongly Islamic, have an economic flavor. Recall if you will that Bin laden was a cast off, a shunned personna that was not liked nor accepted by the population of his own strongly Islamic country Saudi Arabia. He was literally driven out.

The leadership is in the GCC. The wealth and strong economic potential is in the GCC. If you are Afghan, the GCC is a better and richer ally than Iran.

Iran is the enemy, blood enemy of the GCC and they have no qualms at all about squeezing Iran till it hurts.

That by the way is the point. The bases and points of operation in Afghanistan are a real threat that puts the defensive squeeze on the Iranian generals. We have at least one good mind in the Joint Chiefs that is putting on the squeeze.


27 posted on 05/02/2012 4:34:44 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: LucianOfSamasota

——Do you think Obama would actually attack Iran?——

I don’t know. I have always thought he will because a war is his only salvation. I think he (we) is already attacking Iran with very small special ops forays. I’m sure that from time to time we have small operations inside Iran. We have boots on the ground.

By maintaining bases and small ops, the US military is putting on a defensive squeeze. Afghanistan is an important point for application of that pressure. Iraq is another pressure point.


28 posted on 05/02/2012 4:54:53 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: bert
My assumption is based on empirical evidence filtered by my wife through intel she listens to everyday. Are you in Afghan right now?

In case you forgot, Bagram and Kabul were inoperable for 4 days because some Korans were burnt.

Do you realize that the basic infrastructure at the larger air bases are controlled by the locals, who yes, are deeply fundamental Islamists? Despite the “different” hegemony, the typical Afghan wants every westerner gone and would rally against Western aggression upon another Islamic country.

You sound like an ignorant State Department drone pouring over IR and wishing upon a star We are picking off their competition. Locals also play both sides against each other. Also, they know when the Taliban attacks because the train of thought on Bagram at least, is that when the locals don't show up for work, you better stay near a bunker because mortars are coming.

29 posted on 05/02/2012 7:15:58 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: bert

Apologies for the harsh tone, just tired of hearing about tax dollars used to bribe the Mullahs into controlling the heard and the whole problems with logistics.

Do you realize it cost $40 a pop to feed one active duty membe! per meal mind your? Those Afghan nationals sure know how to play the system and rip off the taxpayer. That is crazy and irresponsible, COIN is a complete failure, plus they can disrupt operations anytime they want.


30 posted on 05/13/2012 8:22:51 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: bert
Lol, this automatic spell check on the IPad is a pain in the A.

“active duty member” and “mind you”. Sorry for the grammar.

31 posted on 05/13/2012 8:25:45 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson