Obama In Afghanistan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
President makes secret trip to Afghanistan amid tight security.

President Obama calls for a two-year freeze on civilian pay for federal employees from the White House, November 29, 2010. (Credit: CBS)

President Barack Obama slipped unannounced into dangerous Afghanistan on Friday, one year after widening an ever deadlier war and just days before a pivotal review about the 9-year-plus conflict.

Under intense security, Obama landed in night's darkness after a clandestine departure from the White House on Thursday, where plans of his trip into the war zone were tightly guarded. He was to spend up to six hours in Afghanistan, meeting with President Hamid Karzai in the capital and with troops at giant Bagram Air Field, the main U.S. base here. Obama also was to talk with Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO war commander in Afghanistan, and Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

Obama's trip was meant to show personal resolve toward ending a war that was launched in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and is now raging in its 10th year, making it the longest U.S. conflict other than Vietnam.

He also wanted to personally thank the troops at a time when millions back home are thinking of holiday peace, not war. This has been the deadliest year to date for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. More than 450 have been killed in 2010.

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  • by Mikehunt Location: Jackson on Dec 13, 2010 at 01:50 AM
    Gordon Your math make no sense. The numbers add up but what GOP website did you hear that it takes 181000 dollars an hour to keep a jet parked in a hanger? by noting 300 days a year im guessing you count every day regardless of where the president is. Also does that number incluse the amount the secret service makes? because if so the secret service gets paid every day just like any other employee of the fed, so they get paid if obama is in the oval office or in afganistan. Airforce one has been a part of the presidency decades, and now you think this president is the one who abuses it. Face it, you hate him because hes Black, Just say it. Remember, George bush Jr is the one who held hands with the king of Syria (A Muslim) and kissed him on the lips. Where were the tea partiers then?
  • by Mikehunt Location: jackson on Dec 5, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    And i will continue to receive my daily emails from Tea partiers and Republicans trying to tell me that Obama doesn't salute the flag, or that Obama snubs the service men.
  • by Gordon Location: Mason on Dec 4, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    How about we park Air Force 1 for a while. With the new govt accounting of how much it cost AirForce 1 to operate per hour is $181,000. Let do some simple math for the dems. $181,000 per hour X 14 hours a day X 300 days a year = $760,200,000, Thats over 720 Million for his personal jet setting. Now if you times that by 2 yrs he has been in orafice taht comes to 1,520,400,000 He has spent now over 1.5 billions traveling around the world. This is a conservative estimate. Boy I bet he could have really stimulated the economy by or kept down our China debt by staying home and teleconferencing
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