Obama’s Surprise Trip to Afghanistan


President Obama’s surprise trip to Afghanistan didn’t turn out to be such a surprise after all. I wonder how a foreign news service knew he was to arrive in Afghanistan before he arrived.

He will be giving a speech tonight after meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

President Barack Obama has landed in Afghanistan and arrived at the presidential palace in Kabul, where he will sign a Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Afghan government on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

“President Barack Obama is in Afghanistan for a whirlwind visit that will culminate in a live, televised address to the American people,” a White House pool report said Tuesday.

Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will sign the agreement shortly and Obama is scheduled to address the nation just after 7:30 EDT Tuesday evening (4 AM local time) from Bagram Airbase. The agreement commits the United States to a security presence in Afghanistan for years after the 2014 handover of control to the Afghan government, but exact troop numbers won’t be decided until next year. (Read More)

Let’s hope he takes a few moments away from spiking the OBL football to remember the sacrifices of those who made it possible, and those who have lost their lives in the war against terrorism.

Most Americans realize that today marks the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of courageous Navy SEALs. Yet many of the same citizens, conditioned by a national media that pays scant attention to the military’s daily sacrifices, probably don’t realize that 2012’s bloodiest month of fighting in Afghanistan has just concluded.

As this blog and others discussed all month, April was difficult for our troops in Afghanistan and their families at home. According to an unofficial count by icasualties.org, at least 33 U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan during the month of April. This number doesn’t include seriously wounded heroes like Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, who lost his arms and legs in an Apr. 10 terrorist attack.

During the year Osama bin Laden was killed, the war in Afghanistan made up just two percent of American news media coverage, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. If you add in coverage of bin Laden’s death in Pakistan, the number is four percent. Based on the media’s behavior so far this year, I would not be surprised if the death of Whitney Houston wound up generating just as much news coverage as the Afghanistan conflict in 2012.

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