Obama Afghanistan Trip
December 3, 2010 by staff
Obama Afghanistan, (AP) – Barack Obama has slipped unannounced dangerous Afghanistan on Friday, one year after the enlargement of a deadly war ever, and a few days before an exam pivot on the conflict and more than 9 years. Plans for a meeting face-to-face with Afghan President Hamid Karzai have been demolished in the last minute.
Under intense security, Obama has landed in the dark after a clandestine departure from the White House Thursday, where plans for her trip to the war zone have been closely guarded. Obama descended from Air Force One, wearing a leather jacket.
It was to personally thank U.S. troops for their service during the holidays.
The White House bad weather forced the president to abruptly drop plans to meet Karzai in Kabul. The White House has determined the wind, dust and cloud cover made it unsafe for the president to fly by helicopter from the huge military complex here for the presidential palace.
In a sequence of events that evolves rapidly, the White House then said they would talk about secure videoconference – but later said that he, too, was abandoned. Instead, the two leaders were to speak by phone.
Altogether, Mr. Obama was spending three hours on the ground in Afghanistan, about half the time he had expected.
His visit to thank the troops and civilian workers came in anticipation of next full review of its war plan later this month. He is scheduled to visit the embassy workers and wounded soldiers and talk to the troops in a hangar here. On the flight, the White House review said the war Obama understand any major policy change.
The secret trip was in the works for over a month. National Security helps Ben Rhodes said Obama wanted to go to Afghanistan between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“It’s always difficult to serve in danger, but when you’re away from their families in the holiday season is especially difficult, and the president wanted to be able to go out and have some time with them,” said Rhodes.
Rhodes said the demolition of the personal visit with Mr. Karzai would have no consequences because the two just met at a NATO summit in Lisbon two weeks ago.
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