President Obama Visits Afghanistan to Sign Agreement

 

President Barack Obama is greeted by Lt. Gen. Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker as he steps off Air Force One at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan earlier today (Tuesday, May 1). Charles Dharapak/AP

One year to the day after announcing to the world the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama is in Afghanistan, the nation where the al-Qaida leader and his followers planned the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Mark Memmott of NPR reports that the news of the president’s unannounced trip was confirmed just before 3 p.m. Eastern Time Tuesday.

Obama is scheduled to deliver a televised address to Americans this evening at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

On his trip, the president is meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and they will sign the newly negotiated U.S.-Afghan security agreement that defines the two countries’ relationship when U.S. and coalition troops with in 2014.

The Armed Forces Press Service reports:

According to the pool report, “the timing of the trip was driven by the negotiations over the strategic partnership agreement and by the desire of both presidents to sign the agreement in Afghanistan prior to the NATO summit in Chicago later this month.”

This is Obama’s fourth trip to Afghanistan.

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Army Mom Responds to Burning of Korans

An Afghan policeman aims at protesters by a burning police truck set alight during an anti-U.S. demonstration on Friday over burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. (Hoshang Hashimi/AP Photo )

It is unclear yet if it was a very bad decision or an inadvertent error, as the President stated in his written apology, which resulted in the burning of Korans at the Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.   In either case, it is deeply troubling and quite honestly mind numbing that this could happen.

Anyone who knows anything about the Muslim religion understands that the Koran is their most sacred possession; common sense should dictate that when you are occupying a country, you should not burn that country’s holiest of holy books.

This situation has undermined the mission of some of our troops who spend a great deal of time visiting with local Afghan village leaders in an effort to build relationships and mutual respect.  This incident has already claimed the lives of two American service members, the number of Afghan protestors killed increases daily, and the full consequences are yet to unfold.  Fox News reported Friday that protests have erupted in provinces across Afghanistan and riots have now spread over the border into Pakistan.

Call it a bad decision or an inadvertent error, does it really matter when you see the devastation this situation has caused?

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