Despite all the Obama administration’s chin-rubbing and hand-wringing about how to proceed in Afghanistan, the president hasn’t been to the war-torn country since entering the White House.
Actually, it’s worse: He hasn’t been to Afghanistan in 15 months - since he made a quick two-day visit in July 2008, as a senator and presidential candidate.
Think about it: If you were involved in a critical issue overseas - such as a big business deal or the health of a loved one - wouldn’t you go and visit, so that you’d have the benefit of seeing things first-hand before making a decision?
Obama has been relying on the views and insights of others amid all the creature comforts of the White House - 7,000 miles from Kabul and Hamid Karzai. (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apparently hasn’t been there, either.)
Answer by usmc0351wife at 12:42 PM on Nov. 2, 2009
Plus Denmark - to plead for the Olympics. (After getting grief for not meeting with his commander in Afghanistan, Obama did squeeze in a 20-some-minute meeting on Air Force One with Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Copenhagen.)
Plus, he’s heading for China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore next month - and he’ll surely make Oslo for this year’s Nobel ceremonies in December.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:56 AM on Nov. 2, 2009
Are you not the same person who was complaining President using to much his airplane???????? Little hypocritical ! You can not swing both ways lady !
How do you know that he is not planning the visit there ? It is a security detail not to let everybody know what President's plans are.
Answer by Anonymous at 7:24 AM on Nov. 2, 2009
Umm, yea anon there is a difference between flying to visit the TROOPS~ ya know the ones the president is commander in chief over~ and flying to Copenhagen to bid the Olympics. Seriously? You think they are of equal priority? If he won't go (because he is too busy flying to Colorado to push a stimulus, or to New York to take his wife on a date) THEN imo~maybe Hillary should go visit the troops. Afterall she is Secretary of State... Do you understand anon what her job description is? :o)
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Answer by kttycat84 at 8:27 AM on Nov. 2, 2009
And yet he managed to make it to salute the dead as they were brought back last week, something that the former president never did.....
Not without a camera crew... Bush, Clinton, and Bush I visited with fallen soldiers families, maybe not at Dover. But they did it without the media...
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