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Tue May 1, 2012, 03:06 PM

Obama makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Source: USA Today

President Obama has landed in Afghanistan, where he is expected to make remarks about U.S. plans to withdraw from the war that is now more than a decade old.

The visit, which was shrouded in secrecy, comes just a few weeks before G-8 and NATO summits at which the Afghanistan withdrawal will be a big topic,

It also comes a year after Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, following a U.S. military raid on the 9/11 architect's compound in neighboring Pakistan.

Obama is scheduled to meet with Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai, and sign a new U.S.-Afghanistan security agreement.


Read more: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/05/obama-lands-in-afghanistan/1

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Reply Obama makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan (Original post)
shawn703 May 2012 OP
msongs May 2012 #1
JoePhilly May 2012 #10
Tess49 May 2012 #2
ailsagirl May 2012 #7
bluestateguy May 2012 #3
goclark May 2012 #17
truthisfreedom May 2012 #4
ailsagirl May 2012 #8
Alamuti Lotus May 2012 #13
CaliforniaPeggy May 2012 #5
ailsagirl May 2012 #6
Bozita May 2012 #9
bluedigger May 2012 #11
TheWraith May 2012 #12
bluedigger May 2012 #14
truthisfreedom May 2012 #15
Tx4obama May 2012 #18
bluedigger May 2012 #22
rury May 2012 #21
Life Long Dem May 2012 #16
pampango May 2012 #19
tanyev May 2012 #20
alp227 May 2012 #23
cbrer May 2012 #24

Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:07 PM

1. must be an election coming up lol nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:04 PM

10. Before the last election he said he'd add troops there ... I'm sure you did not vote for him

as a result.

After all, he said that with an "election coming up" ... he said that, and then he did it.



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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:10 PM

2. And NBC Breaking News just scared the hell out of me. Breaking news about President Obama. n/t

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Response to Tess49 (Reply #2)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:44 PM

7. I hear you!! n/t

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:12 PM

3. You just have to say Thank God that this man is our commander in chief

And that in times like this it is important for all good Americans to support their country and their commander in chief.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #3)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:37 PM

17. Thank God!

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:13 PM

4. I can just hear the heads exploding on the right... they're going to do all of our work for us

spreading the news far and wide that Barack is spending taxpayer money to bring his peace-mongering campaign to the enemy. He's got them tied up in knots! We're exiting Iraq, the economy is on the upswing, jobs are up, Osama bin Laden is definitely dead, healthcare is still alive (for now), and GM is going strong.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #4)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:46 PM

8. Hmmm... wonder how rethugs will distort this?

You're right-- they go ballistic everytime the President does something good. They'll go absolutely BERSERK when their opinions "hit the fan."

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #8)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:24 PM

13. "Commie Muslim Kenyan President flees to Afghanistan to get orders from Taliban masters"

 

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:33 PM

5. I'm glad to see him there; he's staying on top of things. n/t

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:44 PM

6. it makes me nervous

I don't want anything to happen to him but I applaud his courage.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:54 PM

9. Meanwhile, Rmoney ate pizza w/Rudy 9/11 Giuliani at a NYC firehouse today

great move, Willard!

Those two should have eaten CHICKEN!

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:05 PM

11. Well if that doesn't bury the #Occupy lede, I don't know what will!



Well played, Mr. President, well played.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #11)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:17 PM

12. Right, because they absolutely schedule major international agreements...

...to bury the two new stories about a couple thousand people protesting.

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Response to TheWraith (Reply #12)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:29 PM

14. You really love to hate on Occupy, don't you, TheWraith.

Diminish and trivialize it as much as you can, but those pesky idealists just won't go away, will they?

The President was under what urgency, exactly, to declare today the beginning of the continuation of War Without End as official US policy?

Probably just a coincidence...

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #14)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:33 PM

15. Can we please not fight, people? I don't see anything indicating hate for the occupy movement in

the previous post.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #14)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:38 PM

18. Presidential trips are planned months/weeks in advance


Obama did not do this on the spur of the moment.

And Obama did not plan his trip in order to bump the OWS protest off the front page.

No one is out to 'get' the OWS folks.



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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #18)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:55 PM

22. I believe May 1st was also scheduled in advance.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #14)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:03 PM

21. I believe President Obama chose today because it is

the anniversary of Osama bin Laden being taken out.
It's a ridiculous quantum leap to assume that he wanted to "step on the Occupy protests!!"

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:35 PM

16. That's about a 14 hour flight on commercial airlines.

 

Wonder what time President Obama left.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:58 PM

19. "to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan meant to mark the beginning of the end

of a war that has lasted for more than a decade."

Obama, Under Veil of Secrecy, Visits Kabul to Seal Agreement

President Obama landed here Tuesday, on a surprise visit, to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for more than a decade.

Mr. Obama, arriving after nightfall under a veil of secrecy at Bagram Air Base north of Kabul, flew by helicopter to the presidential palace, where he was to meet President Hamid Karzai before both leaders signed the pact. It is intended to be a road map for two nations lashed together by more than a decade of war and groping for a new relationship after the departure of American troops, scheduled for the end of 2014.

Mr. Obama was scheduled to address the American people from Afghanistan on Tuesday evening, which would be the middle of the night in Afghanistan. The address – on the first anniversary of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan – will give Mr. Obama a new opportunity to make an election-year case that he has wound down two expensive and now unpopular wars, here and in Iraq.

Still, the visit is laden with political significance, coming as it does in the thick of an election season at home, just four days before two big campaign rallies that will serve as the symbolic kickoff of Mr. Obama’s re-election bid. Mr. Obama’s campaign has recently emphasized his decision to order the raid that killed Bin Laden, who masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks from an Afghan sanctuary and drew the United States into war. With Bin Laden dead, along with much of his Qaeda high command, Mr. Obama has moved with increasing dispatch to wind down American military involvement here.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/02/world/asia/obama-lands-in-kabul-on-unannounced-visit.html

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:23 PM

20. Commence the right wing hissyfit in 3...2...1...

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:00 PM

23. expanded/revised wash. post article after the speech

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2012, 02:59 AM

24. Damn...3 days after I leave Kabul

 

And now this. I couldv'e gotten his, and Karzai's autographs. Oh well, maybe next war!

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