In Afghanistan, Obama pledges cooperation, vows to 'finish the job'
May 1st, 2012
09:45 PM ET
11 years ago

In Afghanistan, Obama pledges cooperation, vows to 'finish the job'

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - President Barack Obama, speaking early Wednesday in Afghanistan at the tail end of a surprise visit there, discussed how the war will end and promised a steady drawdown of U.S. troops.

Obama committed to pulling 23,000 troops out of the country by the end of summer and sticking to the 2014 deadline to turn security fully over to the Afghan government. He said that NATO will set a goal this month for Afghan forces to be in the lead for combat operations next year.


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  1. Larry IN Houston

    I guess this is his last hurrah, so to speak – If you really want to know who will be our next commander in chief, let me put it to you in a Jeapordy answer , then you will have to provide the question. ""during President Thomas Jefferson's reign, in 1801 , this state became the 17th state to enter the union. Now, your supposed to answer : ""What was _ _ _ _ . This state will decide the next president.

    May 1, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. sammieb51

    Our President just keeps right on going, while the GOP and Romney are whining about what they meant to say and would have done if only they could have done it, Obama is rocking on to the next thing on his list. Just be safe Mr. President!

    Romney=American Dream Killer.

    May 1, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. fred ca

    And will he announce that hillary clinton will announce in China that obama's administration will apologize for biden blocking the defection of a high-ranking China figure because 'crazy joe' was concerned that China would be upset.

    May 1, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. PJ/TX

    Either some of you didn't take the time to read the article, or you are short on comprehension.
    This picture sure beats the one of Mitt and Rudy standing on the streets of New York City looking like the fools
    they are.

    May 1, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    fred ca

    Sleazy people are filing a class-action law suit against obama. The point of their suit is that obama is giving sleazy people a bad name. Every day in every way he is more pathetic and grotesque.
    Is that supposed to be a joke? Or a cry for help?

    May 1, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. jt1962

    A "photo op" would be landing in jet fighter and being greeted with a huge "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED " banner. As a former republican I am embarrased by the nrw GOP!

    May 1, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. i want a mega rich Mormon who hides money overseas, and a master tax evader as president

    Here comes Romney flip flipping flopping in 3,2,1....

    May 1, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. fred ca

    Rudy ny c

    It is a cry for my country. It used to be a country that celebrated excellence.

    Now it celebrates celebrity and cheap circuses. Look...a pony with a shiny object. Clap seals. Clap. That encapsulates barack obama kardashian/lohan.

    May 1, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    That is not a picture of Air Force One.

    May 1, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Good job Mr. President Obama, you can't make everybody happy. Go President Obama

    May 1, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. abama victim

    my Lord...what an embarassment this guy is

    May 1, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    The Secret Service was hoping this surprise trip was to Bangkok. Kabul is not nearly so high on their wish list.

    May 1, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Wake up people

    @abama victim, maybe if you took the Presidents advice and got an education you wouldn't be a victim. Just saying.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 1, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Joi Gibson

    Safe trip Mr. President!!!


    May 1, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Sniffit


    "The Secret Service was hoping this surprise trip was to Bangkok. Kabul is not nearly so high on their wish list."

    Representative Wiener beat them to it (the republican one who just got caught...not Mr. Happytweets).

    May 1, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    You can't "spike the football" one year after the winning play. The GOBP cult and its hatewing followers are really bad at comparisons, analogies and metaphors.

    May 1, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. G

    Republican talking heads are exploding as we speak.

    May 1, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Ilya

    @Rudy, Whatever airplane the president happens to be on has the official call sign "Air Force One." The type of aircraft does not matter. One of the few things that movie with Harrison Ford as the president, got right.

    May 1, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. FLIndependent

    Watch out Romney – President Obama will always be a step ahead of you in this campaign. I don't care how much money the SuperPacs spend to try to get you elected, it's not going to work. The American people know who is on their side and who is trying to accomplish what he said he would for us. We just need to make sure to vote for a Congress that will work with him.

    May 1, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Ilya

    Except the official helicopter which is designated "Marine One."

    May 1, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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