Obama in Afghanistan: U.S. must 'end this war responsibly'
President Barack Obama is greeted at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, shortly after landing at about 10:20 p.m. local time Tuesday.
May 1st, 2012
07:43 PM ET

Obama in Afghanistan: U.S. must 'end this war responsibly'

[Update, 7:43 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, said in a U.S.-televised address that "the goal that I set to defeat al Qaeda and deny it the chance to rebuild is now within our reach."

By the end of 2014, Afghans will be fully responsible for the security of their country, he said.

"I will not keep Americans in harm's way a single day longer than is required for our security, but we must finish the job we started in Afghanistan and end this war responsibly," Obama said.

Obama's remarks came during a previously unannounced visit to Afghanistan. He arrived late Tuesday night.

During the visit, Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement that outlines cooperation between their countries after the withdrawal of U.S.-led international forces in 2014.

[Update, 4:07 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement that outlines cooperation between their countries after the withdrawal of U.S.-led international forces in 2014.

[Update, 3:17 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama made a previously unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday, the first anniversary of the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan.

On his third trip to Afghanistan since taking office, Obama will meet with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and make a televised address from Afghanistan at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Tuesday's visit comes at a particularly delicate time in relations between the United States and Afghanistan. The countries have been negotiating a strategic agreement that would outline the basis for U.S.-Afghan cooperation after most U.S. and allied troops withdraw in 2014.

Obama and Karzai are expected to sign the agreement on Tuesday.

More than 130,000 troops from 50 countries serve in Afghanistan, according to the NATO-led International Security and Assistance Force. The United States is the biggest contributor, providing around 90,000 troops, followed by the United Kingdom (9,500), Germany (4,800) and France (3,600).

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  1. Texas

    "No need to spike the football or run a victory lap."
    "We buried Bin Laden at sea so that there's nowhere for his followers to pay tribute."
    Wow.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. noworries

    Maybe he will stay there!!!!

    May 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. andre himes

    The hiphop nation which glorified black on black violence was summom agai nst black america by the white feminists(THE DEVIL'S CONCUBINES) ,and it was the white feminists(DEVIL'S CONCUBINES) who were the most vocal in their hatred toward BLACK AMERICA and were the most vocal in demanding the deportation of native born blacks under immigration laws as well as many of them were vocal in supporting racial profiling in which many BLACK AMERICANS were arrested and were either martyred within the prison system or were deported to AFRICA ,where many of them were martyred and were buried in mass graves in both the SUDAN and in the congo,and it was this act as well as the rise of the hiphop nation is what has contribute to the black holocaust(1968-1993-2001 in which much black human population were exterminated and new demonic black america has arisen from both the hiphop and antebellum natiion and is based stereotypical[l images of low class , poverty stricken and criminally prone blacks to replace the black human population.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Thomas

    There are no more hateful people in all the world than RACIST AMERICANS!

    May 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • G. Zeus™

      I don't like racists either, but I think you need to get out more and check what people in other countries do.
      There's a lot of craziness out there.

      May 2, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Tooter

      And they come in all colors RACIST.

      May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jj

    Hold up did our president just use Osama as a reelection tool? Like any other person in America didn't want this nut job dead! Shame on you mr. President!

    May 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • madmaninthemiddle

      Yes, I think it was particularly over the top when he took that fighter jet out to meet Seal Team 6 at sea, and stood in front of that big Mission Accomplished banner.

      May 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      madmaninthemiddle: hey, tht sign was tasteful...

      May 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tooter

      Yeah and Bush would not have made his mark on this? You know better, how about the "Mission Accomplished"? Remember that one. The only reason Bush kept us in this war and Iraq was so that the nation would be at war and put him in for another four. Well it worked and those four years show us what?

      May 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    @ jj, agreed! Bad move. Also im not totally convinced hes even dead, nor if so WHEN he died.

    May 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ok, not really

    That's sure as heck how Bush got re-elected! Spazzing out over the very same thing Bushy boy did is jts flat-out silly!!!

    May 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Scottish Mama

    It is refreshing to see a president that gets along with other countries. That has restored faith in the US with other countries in 4 years. Let's not screw it up by electing a republican and have enemies and friends who won't want to work with us. (Like all of our friends not supporting the invasion into Iraq)

    May 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. chrissy

    lol @ mama, if i were running i would definitely want you running my campaign! Still, theres alot of things illogical about the OBL mess and our POTUS should rethink using this to get voters.

    May 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Scottish Mama

    Hi Miss Chrissy It's an election year what do you expect.lol I think this will be the last thing he will use again. I think having a president that can get along with many countries, has had so much on his plate, has a disagreeable congress, and can juggle it all has my vote. Now we need to get people back in the house and senate that can help us get America working and in the direction to offer people some hope, smaller businesses owners and jobs. Jobs created by the 1% is not working.

    May 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. chrissy

    Couldnt have said it better myself mama! He has my vote. Anyone who can keep calm while trying 2 work with the bunch of children in congress definitely needs us & DESERVES us 2 get it right come voting time! Time we let congress know, no more shenanigans!

    May 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. chrissy

    Someone forgot to let congress know Together Everyone Achieves More!

    May 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. fernace

    Bravo, Scottish Mama & chrissy, y'all are spot on! No person, even friends, will agree w/another about everything! The President has certainly had some bungles, like Solyndra for ex! The point is, he has done what he said he would, most of it w/great resistance & obstruction from the GOTP! At a time when our country needs to come together like never before, the Party of No has been divisive, illogical & served a lot of low blows! The whole insurance/birthcontrol/religion controversy comes to mind! And yet they accuse the President of "failure" & inciting "class warfare"! If Ryans Budget isn't class warfare, I don't know what is! It's completely slanted to accomodate the rich & big biz! As I've said before: Move forward w/Obama or revisit 1912 w/the GOTP! I'll pick Option A, thanks!!

    May 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. chrissy

    lmao fernace, for sure. It took a good deal longer than 3 years to create the mess we are in, so i dont understand why people are so surprised he hasnt fixed it in 3 years! ALONE no less!

    May 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jeff Frank

    President Obama: "By the end of 2014, Afghans will be fully responsible for the security of their country."

    JF: "In the same manner Iraq "is now" fully responsible for the security of thier country after 10 years....right?" "How then can you set a deadline of 2014 for a holy war that's lasted 2000 years?"

    May 2, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy ©

      By getting our troops out of a holy war that isn't ours to fight.
      2014 is a place to start.

      No matter what one thinks, we cannot sustain a perpetual war.

      May 2, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
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