Obama vows to 'finish the job' in Afghanistan
May 2nd, 2012
07:05 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama vows to 'finish the job' in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - President Barack Obama marked the first anniversary of the death of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden with an unannounced trip to Afghanistan, where he reiterated that U.S. troops will not remain in the country "a single day longer" than necessary.

Obama said he remains 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. Gurgyl

    Wise move!!!

    May 2, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The sooner we are out of Afghanistan the better. The most dangerous unknown in the regioin is Pakistan, though.

    May 2, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  3. bassman

    Its time our media admit what ever one knows. They are in the tank for Pres. Obama. The final proof? Compare how are media reported Pres. Bush's "Mission Accomplish" speech and Pres. Obama's speech from Afghanistan. Seven Afghans are now dead just so Pres. Obama could get his picture from Afghanistan.

    May 2, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. Dean

    I wish he would promise not to stay in the White House "a single day longer" than necessary.

    May 2, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. American

    President Obama takes a balanced approach to end the war in Afghanistan responsibly for our country.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 2, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  6. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    There he goes "politicizing" things again by doing things differently than the GOBP cult. And succeeding!

    May 2, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Our President never fails to amaze me in how focused, determined, and effective he is and has been in spite of all the obstructive and potentially disruptive talk from the GOP.
    Excellent speech; beautifully tied-in to our objectives and the solid (versus hollow) image that we want to project to the world under his leadership. An image that DOES NOT involve creating mini-Americas around the globe, but transitioning governments back to their people.
    Let us NOT forget that May 1st is not only the anniversary of when Obama got Osama but also tht of the previous President FALSELY proclaiming aboard an aircraft carrier "Mission Accomplished".
    Obama 2012. Because Obama gets things done, and done RIGHT.

    May 2, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    I herd someone say yesterday that not only does President Obama have the RIGHT to run on his foreign policy successes, but moreover it is his DUTY to do so.
    I couldn't agree more.
    Very proud supporter of our American President Barack Hussein Obama.

    May 2, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    That should've been "heard" of course. Pardon the rushed typing.

    May 2, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    WOW, this is a powerhouse administration, Obama bringing Afghan war to end and Hillary Clinton arrives in China and blind dissident released upon her arrival. This administration understands peace and diplomacy works.

    May 2, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. gt

    finish.... just get out...... period...no more deaths...no more waste of money....now..not..2014....

    May 2, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. John, PA

    Nevermind the Kabul explosions, killing at least six, a couple of hours after his brief visit.

    May 2, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. ACK

    The "BIG" Question of the day is how can Newt defend all the Truth he said about Mitt; a liar, anti immigrant, offshore banker-Swiss bank, Job Buster, the list goes on? I know the GOP spin machine will try to clean this mess up. Guess what? Americans will not allow themselves to be fooled again by the GOPiers' lies. OBAMA 2012.

    May 2, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Ed1

    If we play our cards right Obama will not have to worry about any job that needs to be finished one term and you are out of here.

    We can't afford four more years of Obama and his buddies out of control spending.

    May 2, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Data Driven

    If having a large military presence in Afghanistan facilitated actionable intelligence on Bin Laden's whereabouts, then all this has been worth it. Barely.

    May 2, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |