President Obama Addresses Americans from Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

President Obama speaks to troops during a visit to Bagram Air Field. (Mandel Ngan/Getty)

It was a moment perfectly staged for an American audience: In a speech that neatly coincided with the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama addressed the country from Bagram Air Base after secretly traveling to Afghanistan.

It was the dead of night in Afghanistan. But Americans were home from work, watching a speech that was as much a foreign policy address as a campaign stump speech. President Obama addressed the American people on what is now the longest war in U.S. history. He tried to lay out the way forward, and an eventual end to the U.S. role in the conflict.

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich breaks down the President's address.

Produced by:

Mythili Rao


Todd Zwillich

Comments [1]


Every time I listen and hear someone mention a "land war in Asia," you know what I say, right?

"Don't do it! It's only slightly better-known as a bad idea than getting into a battle of wits with a Sicilian when death is on the line!" Quite inconceivable. :)

May. 02 2012 10:41 AM

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