Skip to comments.Obama Lands in Afghanistan for Visit with U.S. Troops
Posted on 05/25/2014 9:42:37 AM PDT by kristinn
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, May 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama traveled to Afghanistan on Sunday for a surprise Memorial Day weekend visit to meet with U.S. troops who are preparing to withdraw after nearly 13 years of war.
Spirited out of Washington aboard Air Force One, Obama flew for more than 13 hours for the brief visit to Bagram Air Base, the main U.S. base in the country.
The trip comes as Obama is buffeted by criticism at home that his handling of U.S. foreign policy has been too passive in dealing with crises from Syria to Ukraine and Russia.
He is to respond to the criticism in a speech on Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His Afghan visit is bound to be seen by some critics as an attempt to redeem himself in the eyes of military veterans who are alarmed at allegations that government-run medical facilities in the United States have not provided timely care for veterans.
Obama, making his fourth trip to Afghanistan, was to be briefed by Army General Joseph Dunford, who heads U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, as he nears a decision on how many U.S. troops to leave behind after most are gone by year's end.
During a visit scheduled to last just a few hours, Obama was also set to speak to the troops and go to the base hospital to see wounded soldiers.
Obama had no plans to visit the Afghan capital Kabul nor would he meet Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai or other government officials. This allows him to avoid getting immersed in the country's presidential election campaign to choose a successor.
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Also, senior advisor John Podesta, who reportedly has a son serving in Afghanistan, joined Obama on the trip.
Reuters reporter Steve Holland is one of three pool reporters accompanying Obama. The others being Julie Pace of the AP and Margaret Talev of Bloomberg
I’m sure they are all as thrilled as can be —
While I question his motives, at least he is doing it. Probably just damage control for the VA and it’s possible impact for the 2014 midterms.
Reuters, AP, and Bloomberg are the only ones accompanying Obama?
Nothing like brining your own fluffers
An abundance of volunteers for fwd patrol duty?
Brad Paisley? I wonder why he didn’t take a hip hopper like Dawg Eat Dawg Drinking Ice T?
What idiot can’t see right through this?
This is so obviously to help defuse the VA fiasco, otherwise why do we know about it?
I can see our guys being told “ you WILL attend!! I know its BS but thats the order!!”
Photo op time!
He's looking for "leverage".
I also believe he is totally paranoid and can only talk to his generals after searching them for bugs and changing the original location of their encounter.
Does Obama have to come back? Can’t we just leave him there to be with his terrorist brothers?
Time to Boycott Brad Paisley & Tim McGraw
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Paisely? I’d rather listen to a fat girl fat. At least it’s an honest sound.
“been too passive in dealing with crises from Syria to Ukraine and Russia. “
All this passivity is pandering to his base. With his domestic policy in tatters, he knows any significant miltary action would offend the code pinkers, and further erode his numbers.
fart girl fat
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fat girl fart (whew)
Holy Moley, Podesta’s son/ If so, the apple fell far from the tree.
1. To pretend he cares.
2. To get inside info on the VA paperwork which this place must produce.
So think it through...and No. 2 is the ONLY reason for this trip. I'm betting there's a mass destruction of records going on.
You can bet he brought a full contingent of MSM reporters to insure that he gets full coverage. What a phoney!
I really snicker at the implied “secrecy” of this visit...
Under the cover of darkness???
What a [expletive deleted]!!!
Especially with the entourage he brought with him???
Two years since he last visited there and I’ll bet a dollar to a donut he won’t be back during his remaining time as POTUS.
He is taking a “Defeat Lap”.
It’s a new concept
Pure opportunistic photo-op by Clown Prince Nobama. How many suck veterans could have been treated for the cost of this buffoon’s latest global jaunt on AF1? In a sense, Clown Prince nobama is killing more Veterans on Memorial day.
This visit is supposed to signal to all of us that this president really does love the military, and that this country is governed by a very patriotic administration. At some point, we may even see a picture of tears streaming down his face...
A “campaign” response to a pressing problem again ... and again ... and again.
I applaud entertainers who go there, no matter who the Prez is.
This is the same embarrassing skidmark that thinks Marines are for holding umbrellas and Ambassadors are to be killed.
Maybe Afghanistan will offer him asylum?
Campaign event to minimize the VA hospitals’ scandal fallout.
I’m sure the men are real glad to see this puke.
Couldn’t agree more. I feel sorry for those guys, they, I’m sure were commanded to go. At least I can turn my TV off, they were most definitely a captive audience.
I had hoped that they would keep him over there, but no such luck.....even they don’t want him. All I can say is that people of the US wanted change, and they sure got it.
I wish he would go visit some undisclosed location in Iraq.
Campaign event to minimize the VA hospitals scandal fallout.
Agree. Also wonder what his next stop will be.... Immediately back to US, or on to some posh spot that was his original destination until Podesta suggested this
is obozo going to make a surprise stop in libya too ?
Did he depart the plane before demanding the troops disengage and lay down their weapons? This administration sent Podesta or Panetta over a few years back and he was demanding they do so. Twits— the entire group of cronies
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I agree. I don’t remember Bob Hope caring who was in office. It isn’t for the president, it’s for the troops.
Why? Aren't there enough radical Muslim enemies there already?
>> Campaign event to minimize the VA hospitals scandal fallout.