Obama Flies to Afghanistan to Rally the Troops, and Focuses on Foreign Policy Around the Globe

Monday, March 29, 2010

President Barack Obama speaks to troops at Bagram Air Base on March 28, 2010. Obama thanked the Afghan people and U.S. troops for their sacrifices in the war in Afghanistan. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty)

President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Sunday, during which he spoke to American troops and had a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. To the troops, Obama said his "main job here today is to say thank you on behalf of the entire American people." The visit comes days after the president announced a nuclear deal with Russia and as Iraq forms a new government. How is the Obama administration's foreign policy evolving in its second year?

We speak to former Reagan official Lawrence Korb, who is now with the Center for American Progress.


Larry Korb

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [2]

Don Cohen from Detroit

Whoops. Typo on numbers. That should have been 1,600 instead of 16,000.

Mar. 30 2010 10:23 AM
Don Cohen from Michigan

It would be nice if Larry Korb were better informed. To call the 16,000 apartments that Israel approved to be built in Jerusalem in the next several years, "16,000 settlements" is ridiculous. Also, to quote stories that General Petreus said Israeli settlement activity puts American troops in danger without acknowleding Petreus' clear statement that while lack of Israeli-Arab peace is a problem but that he wasn't blaming Israel or its policies, (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1159165.html) makes Korb a poor source for commentary on the issue. As long as President Obama intends to do the Palestinian's negotiating for them, it's no wonder the Palestinian Authority prefers to not engage in negotiations with Israel. The Palestinians have rejected expansive offers from former Israeli Prime Ministers Barak and Olmert, but gets no apparant pressure from our President. And what about Hamas' rejectionism of not just talks, but of Israel?

Mar. 29 2010 10:22 AM

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