Excerpts of president's Afghanistan speech released
May 1st, 2012
06:36 PM ET
11 years ago

Excerpts of president's Afghanistan speech released

(CNN) - Ahead of President Barack Obama's speech from Afghanistan, the White House released excerpts of his remarks Tuesday.

See the excerpts after the jump.

Excerpts of the President's Address to the Nation from Afghanistan

As Prepared for Delivery –

"Already, nearly half the Afghan people live in places where Afghan Security Forces are moving into the lead. This month, at a NATO Summit in Chicago, our coalition will set a goal for Afghan forces to be in the lead for combat operations across the country next year. International troops will continue to train, advise and assist the Afghans, and fight alongside them when needed. But we will shift into a support role as Afghans step forward.

As we do, our troops will be coming home. 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."

"My fellow Americans, we have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war. Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. The Iraq War is over. The number of our troops in harm's way has been cut in half, and more will be coming home soon. We have a clear path to fulfill our mission in Afghanistan, while delivering justice to al Qaeda.

This future is only within reach because of our men and women in uniform. Time and again, they have answered the call to serve in distant and dangerous places. In an age when so many institutions have come up short, these Americans stood tall. They met their responsibilities to one another, and the flag they serve under. I just met with some of them, and told them that as Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder. In their faces, we see what is best in ourselves and our country."

"As we emerge from a decade of conflict abroad and economic crisis at home, it is time to renew America. An America where our children live free from fear, and have the skills to claim their dreams. A united America of grit and resilience, where sunlight glistens off soaring new towers in downtown Manhattan, and we build our future as one people, as one nation."

"This time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end."

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. ihavetoagree

    Way to go Mr. President, the real American people support you

    May 1, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. upwardquest

    Good for Obama! He is the best!!!

    May 1, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Oregon Bruce

    Good Job

    obama 2012

    May 1, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. RomyMon

    I cannot agree more on what Obama said about our men and women in uniform. At the same time I also cannot convince myself that he praised our military because he truly meant what he said. As a veteran who has been a witness, along with millions of other former and active duty Americans, to his 4 years of inept performance both as P and C-in-C, that short speech was nothing more than a campaign ploy to get
    our votes! To that I say, 4 more years? Are you serious Mr. Obama?

    May 1, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. God Bless the USofA

    Thanks President Obama and all men and women who protect and serve our Great Country! This an Amazing time to be an American!

    May 1, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. Tyler Durden

    Can we promote him above that rank? We need to....

    May 1, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. Guess What

    what is it duh huh vote for me I am great, no obama you are useless.

    May 2, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  8. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Did the GOBP write and send out a "prebuttal" before the President spoke or released his speech? It's pretty amazing the GOBP cult has the predictive abilities to write prebuttals about things that haven't been said or done yet. You'd think they'd also be able to predict their own demise if they continue to follow their delusional path the cult is on right now.

    May 2, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |