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Obama Lands in Afghanistan for Visit with U.S. Troops
Reuters ^ | Sunday, May 25, 2014 | Steve Holland

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at trust.org ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; afghanwar; johnpodesta; obama; obamatrip
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Obama brought Brad Paisley to perform for the troops.

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

1 posted on 05/25/2014 9:42:37 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

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2 posted on 05/25/2014 9:45:19 AM PDT by deport
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To: kristinn

I’m sure they are all as thrilled as can be —


3 posted on 05/25/2014 9:45:19 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

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.


4 posted on 05/25/2014 9:48:34 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: kristinn

Reuters, AP, and Bloomberg are the only ones accompanying Obama?

Nothing like brining your own fluffers


5 posted on 05/25/2014 9:48:39 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Uncle Chip
Harry Reid came along also. His morale building speech was historical. Someone ran to the podium and told him he was talking to a group of Islamic terrorists. Harry, realized he was at the wrong venue, quickly raised the peace sign and proceeded to where a green screen was set up so he could look like he was actually speaking to some of our brave men and women. He clasped his hands and spoke gently.............The war is lost he told his faux audience and then went back to the tent to party with Nancy Pelosi and Hillary
6 posted on 05/25/2014 9:51:52 AM PDT by shadeaud (Be strong when you are weak.)
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To: Uncle Chip

An abundance of volunteers for fwd patrol duty?


7 posted on 05/25/2014 9:55:34 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: kristinn

Brad Paisley? I wonder why he didn’t take a hip hopper like Dawg Eat Dawg Drinking Ice T?


8 posted on 05/25/2014 9:57:32 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: kristinn

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!!”


9 posted on 05/25/2014 9:59:34 AM PDT by DanielRedfoot (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: kristinn

It’s an election year and Democrats have foisted Obamacare upon an unwilling population, so it’s off on the campaign trail in various forms..............


10 posted on 05/25/2014 10:00:25 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: kristinn

Photo op time!


11 posted on 05/25/2014 10:01:06 AM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: kristinn
Karzai is still the President of Afghanistan. To not meet with him is incomprehensible.

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.

12 posted on 05/25/2014 10:01:15 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: DanielRedfoot

~~~What idiot can’t see right through this?~~~

Uh, Obama voters, ABC/CBS/CNN/MSNBC/TheNewYorkTimes, et al?


13 posted on 05/25/2014 10:01:58 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: kristinn

Does Obama have to come back? Can’t we just leave him there to be with his terrorist brothers?


14 posted on 05/25/2014 10:02:04 AM PDT by bayliving
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Time to Boycott Brad Paisley & Tim McGraw
OneVike ^ | 11/1/09 | OneVike

Posted on Sunday, November 01, 2009 5:18:23 AM by OneVike

Paisely? I’d rather listen to a fat girl fat. At least it’s an honest sound.

George Strait!


15 posted on 05/25/2014 10:03:36 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: kristinn

“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.


17 posted on 05/25/2014 10:04:31 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: tumblindice

fart girl fat
fart girl fart
garth fat fat
nevermind

fat girl fart (whew)


18 posted on 05/25/2014 10:05:12 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: kristinn

Holy Moley, Podesta’s son/ If so, the apple fell far from the tree.


19 posted on 05/25/2014 10:08:14 AM PDT by surrey
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To: castlegreyskull
Considering he's stopping at the hospital in Germany, I'd say that visit is two-fold.

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.

20 posted on 05/25/2014 10:09:16 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: kristinn

You can bet he brought a full contingent of MSM reporters to insure that he gets full coverage. What a phoney!


21 posted on 05/25/2014 10:11:35 AM PDT by kenmcg (b)
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To: bayliving

I’m in for $10 to help build him a permanent home there.

He must promise to resign and never, ever set foot in the U.S. again.


22 posted on 05/25/2014 10:12:10 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: dontreadthis

He probably is thinking how he’ll have to wash that uniform and his shoulder. I wouldn’t want him placing his hand on me, either.


23 posted on 05/25/2014 10:13:23 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: All

Source: Julie Pace via Twitter.

24 posted on 05/25/2014 10:18:28 AM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn; All

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???


25 posted on 05/25/2014 10:19:04 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: kristinn

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.


26 posted on 05/25/2014 10:21:06 AM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: kristinn

Is that Susan Rice there?

Has she checked YouTube for all videos?


27 posted on 05/25/2014 10:22:46 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: vox_freedom

He is taking a “Defeat Lap”.

It’s a new concept


28 posted on 05/25/2014 10:33:30 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: F15Eagle

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.


29 posted on 05/25/2014 10:34:50 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: kristinn

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...


30 posted on 05/25/2014 10:38:03 AM PDT by odawg
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To: kristinn

A “campaign” response to a pressing problem again ... and again ... and again.


31 posted on 05/25/2014 10:40:44 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: kristinn
During a visit scheduled to last just a few hours,

He should have time for a few holes of golf at the Bagram Golf course, though the need for armored golf carts might put him off.


32 posted on 05/25/2014 10:41:54 AM PDT by caveat emptor (!)
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To: tumblindice

I applaud entertainers who go there, no matter who the Prez is.


33 posted on 05/25/2014 10:50:12 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: kenmcg

This is the same embarrassing skidmark that thinks Marines are for holding umbrellas and Ambassadors are to be killed.


34 posted on 05/25/2014 10:51:44 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: kristinn

35 posted on 05/25/2014 10:52:49 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: kristinn

Maybe Afghanistan will offer him asylum?


36 posted on 05/25/2014 11:28:04 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: kristinn

Campaign event to minimize the VA hospitals’ scandal fallout.


37 posted on 05/25/2014 11:41:40 AM PDT by Moorings
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To: kristinn

I’m sure the men are real glad to see this puke.


38 posted on 05/25/2014 11:47:18 AM PDT by wny
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To: castlegreyskull

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.


39 posted on 05/25/2014 12:02:57 PM PDT by kagnew
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To: bayliving

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.


40 posted on 05/25/2014 12:05:43 PM PDT by kagnew
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To: castlegreyskull

I wish he would go visit some undisclosed location in Iraq.


41 posted on 05/25/2014 12:20:56 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Moorings

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
interruption.


42 posted on 05/25/2014 12:23:21 PM PDT by patriotspride
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To: kristinn

is obozo going to make a surprise stop in libya too ?


43 posted on 05/25/2014 12:44:11 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks kristinn.


44 posted on 05/25/2014 12:51:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: kristinn

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


45 posted on 05/25/2014 12:55:03 PM PDT by V K Lee
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46 posted on 05/25/2014 12:57:59 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: PghBaldy

I agree. I don’t remember Bob Hope caring who was in office. It isn’t for the president, it’s for the troops.


47 posted on 05/25/2014 12:58:23 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: kristinn
Obama Lands in Afghanistan for Visit with U.S. Troops

Why? Aren't there enough radical Muslim enemies there already?

48 posted on 05/25/2014 1:30:27 PM PDT by Cubs Fan (liberalism is a cancer that spreads everywhere, even to the republican party)
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To: Moorings

>> Campaign event to minimize the VA hospitals’ scandal fallout.

bttt


49 posted on 05/25/2014 2:39:22 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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If it were a Republican POTUS, Reuters would have opened with the following:

Unable to sidestep the Veterans Affairs scandal, the President travels to Afghanistan in the effort to mitigate midterm election consequences.

50 posted on 05/25/2014 2:47:59 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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