On his weekly address today, President Obama outlined some of his plans with a continued effort in Afghanistan, as well as how to bring the U.S. debt down to soften the currently economic climate. To wit:
Because of their bravery and dedication, the tide of war has turned in Afghanistan. The goal that I set - to defeat al Qaeda, and deny it a chance to rebuild - is within reach.
When addressing domestic plans, Obama said:
I've called on Congress to take the money we're no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the other half to rebuild America.
With summer on the horizon, the president's reelection bid will go into hyperdrive, with a rally today and stops in Seattle and Los Angeles.
To mark the one-year anniversary of the American raid in Pakistan that killed Osama Bin Laden, President Obama traveled unannounced and under the cover of night to Afghanistan, where he signed a strategic partnership agreement with President Hamid Karzai. The agreement will broadly govern the U.S. role in Afghanistan once the American combat mission stops at the end of 2014 -- 13 years after it began.
Translation: Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan is intended to remind everyone that HE ORDERED THE BIN LADEN RAID, and that the beginning of the end of the war in Afghanistan HAPPENED ON HIS WATCH.
Obama will address the American people live from Afghanistan at 7 p.m. ET.
UPDATE: In his address, Obama said that there will be no permanent bases in Afghanistan, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security and infrastructure.
Last year, we removed 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Another 23,000 will leave by the end of the summer. After that, reductions will continue at a steady pace, with more of our troops coming home. And as our coalition agreed, by the end of 2014 the Afghans will be fully responsible for the security of their country.
Compare And Contrast of the Day: Meanwhile, a world away: A poignant portrait of daily life in Afghanistan, by Lukas and Salome Augustin.
I have lived from 2006-2008 in Kabul doing my civil service for a humanitarian aid organization. This March I had the chance to go back with my fiancé to show her the place