BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) - In a swift and secretive trip to the war zone, President Barack Obama signed an agreement Tuesday night vowing long-term ties with Afghanistan after America's combat forces come home. "There's a light on the horizon," he told U.S. troops on the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.Seated beside Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Obama declared, "Together, we're now committed to replacing war with peace."
The partnership spells out the U.S. relationship with Afghanistan beyond 2014. It is limited in scope and essentially gives both sides political cover: Afghanistan is guaranteed its sovereignty and promised it won't be abandoned, while the U.S. gets to end its combat mission in the long and unpopular war but keep a foothold in the country.
Obama also was to give a speech designed to reach Americans at the dinnertime hour of 7:30 p.m. EDT. That would be 4 a.m. here when Obama speaks.
He flew to the site of America's longest war not only as commander in chief but also as an incumbent president in the early stages of a tough re-election campaign. Nor were the two roles completely distinct.
(AP) President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai sign a strategic partnership agreement at...
My Way News - Obama flies to Afghanistan, signs pact with Karzai
Wow, all I can think of is how much flack supporters of Bush took when he would make any speech that even mentioned 9/11, now you have Obama just ridin' that politicizing horse to death!