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Boston Herald: Obama AWOL on Afghanistan? Do you think the commander-in-chief should visit?

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.)


Asked by grlygrlz2 at 5:55 AM on Nov. 2, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I think Obama went to Dover as a photo op. Seriously, you need a film crew to document this?? He should have went without the media, it just looked to me he did it for show. I'm still waiting to see if he is going over there to have Thanksgiving Dinner with them, either Iraq or Afghanistan, I'll let him take his pick. Pretty bad when Biden has been over there a few times since he became VP and yet Obama can't find any time to go and see first hand, maybe that will help stimulate his mind into making a decision if he goes.

    Answer by usmc0351wife at 12:42 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • He’s been to France, the Czech Republic, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Russia, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad and Ghana, to name a few.

    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)


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:51 AM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • i get the herald....i am from mass.havent opened it up yet//think i wil...

    Answer by cleo1977 at 8:15 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.....

    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...


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:30 AM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • Oh he will visit if it makes him look good. I hope 2012 comes fast. That man does not know what he's doing at all.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:56 AM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • I think he is a coward that doesn't want to go to a country that has a war going on. Worse he doesn't visit the troops and doesn't seem to think much of the military. I don't trust him at all in making good policy decisions. He is too busy playing "rock star" to lead this country. I keep wondering what he is going to do when the next terrorist attack comes because he is percieved as a weak president.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 AM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • Yup, i hope he goes. He needs to see how horrible it is and pull out the troops =)

    Answer by jlstewart922 at 9:35 AM on Nov. 2, 2009