Skip to comments.White House says Afghanistan trip not political
Posted on 05/01/2012 4:42:54 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
White House says Afghanistan trip not political politicalmugshot Posted by CNN Political Unit
Washington (CNN) The White House strongly denied Tuesday that President Barack Obama's surprise trip to Afghanistan was executed for political motives, saying the visit was more than a year in the making.
On a conference call with reporters, a senior administration official speaking from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan was asked if the trip made on the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was opening the president to charges of "craven politics."
"I think what could not be clearer is that for 20 months the United States and Afghanistan have been negotiating a strategic partnership agreement," the official said. "The negotiations were completed in recent weeks and then the documents for the strategic partnership went to the presidents for their review. The two presidents had set a clear goal for the agreement to be signed before the summit in Chicago."
NATO is slated to hold meetings in Chicago in mid-May.
Obama has come under fire in recent days by Republicans who say he is politicizing the one year anniversary of bin Laden's death ahead of November's general election. Obama's likely GOP rival Mitt Romney has said he is "disappointed" by the president's handling of the anniversary, though he has not made any public statement about Obama's trip.
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Zer0 should have gone to Abbotabad, Pakistan to do his victory dance.
Oh yes, it isn’t political, thats why we don’t know he is there, and he isn’t giving a speech on my TV, right.
“Here’s your sign”.
Commies always plan ahead.
Sometimes years ahead.
They're in it for the long haul.
How else did Obama get to become President in the first place?
Well I guess that settles that. (rolls eyes)
Can’t we have L. Jethro Gibbs start the investigate tonight at 8 PM?
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
Obama’s mouthpiece also said earlier today that he wasn’t in Afganistan either. They lie.
Obama: Does this presidential salute in Afghanistan with my aides hiding behind me look fake to you?
This was nothing but a campaign speech from front to back. The thing that took the cake was that all the Network and the cable news outlets ran with this like it was an important event. Nothing happened here. What a joke.
Of course it isn’t political. It’s hyper political.
the check is in the mail, I gave at the office ...
Maybe he thinks Afghanistan is one of them 57 states.
Of course he thought Hawaii was in Asia so anything is possible.
He needs to figure out about the wiring on the Navy ships tonight.
About that agreement: “The United States promises to seek money from Congress every year to support Afghanistan”.
He isn’t entitled to salute.
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