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President Obama in Afghanistan: foreign policy or campaign stop?
May 2nd, 2012
02:33 PM ET

President Obama in Afghanistan: foreign policy or campaign stop?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It was masterfully done, the result of political instincts seldom seen except in Chicago.

But it was also blatantly transparent.

If President Obama had simply gone to Afghanistan to sign the document with Hamid Karzai, give the troops a pep talk and address the nation on winding down the war there - the rest of it would likely have taken care of itself.

But the chest pounding over killing Osama bin Laden that preceded the trip, the use of Navy SEALS as chips in a sinister game of political poker, the questioning of whether Mitt Romney would have made the same call if given the chance to take down the Al Qaeda leader, cheapened the whole thing.

There's a difference between classy and cheesy, and this came off as cheesy to the max.

After telling the country "You don't spike the football," you come off as a hypocrite when you go out of your way to spike the football.

And as far as winding down things in Afghanistan, where we have been spending somewhere around $2 billion a week for years. That's very much an open question.

The document Karzai and Obama signed was an agreement to work on an agreement to keep an American presence in that sand pile until 2024. For what?

The Karzai government is corrupt, and can barely stand us. Look at the Afghan leader's body language with Obama.

The rest of the country is a tribal sewer that for thousands of years has been a no man's land for invading armies - and we want to remain there for another decade?

I don't get it. And 72% of Americans don't get it either. They want us out of Afghanistan.

In the end, I'm not sure President Obama didn't do himself more harm than good with this little stunt.

Here’s my question to you: President Obama in Afghanistan: foreign policy or campaign stop?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Brian in San Antonio:
It was a campaign stop. Otherwise, he would have waited until Karzai attended the NATO Summit in Chicago, and would not have done the trip on the anniversary of bin Laden's death.

Mary in Sarasota, Florida:
Jack, You sure can be hard-headed. Sometimes I think you're just saying these things as the devil's advocate. Sad commentary on a masterfully done week of out-Karl Roving the Republicans, don't you think? I do, and I'm still a Hillary girl. But I have to admire the chutzpah this whole OBL complimentary tour showed. Good for the president.

Dennis in Chicago:
Another $2 million dollar campaign stop. The only Hope & Change: the president hopes you won't talk about the economy because nothing is changing. It is going to be a long summer talking about dogs, bin Laden, comedy sketches and God knows what other distraction they will come up with. Chicago politics transplanted to D.C.

Mark in St. Louis:
You're missing the point, Jack. As the adage goes, "keep your friends close and your enemies closer." A continued American presence in Afghanistan might just prevent another 9/11.

L.T.:
Campaign stop, no doubt about it and he didn't even have to use any of his campaign funds. Apparently he just wanted us to know that we would remain over there until we "get the job done." My question: what exactly IS the job?

D. in Minnesota:
Did you just bash the president for visiting the troops? I seriously hope you aren't paid for this.

soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Russ in PA

    Who cares? The big question is: why are any Americans still there? And why is our money being wasted there, if not to keep the military complex up and running? In fact, why are Americans still maintaining bases in Germany? South Korea? Japan? Italy? England? France? Spain...

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    May 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  2. Jeff In Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, since campaigning is the only thing Obama has ever done successfully, you can guess what my answer is.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  3. Jayne in NH

    This is just ridiculous. Did you see the way the troops reacted to seeing him there? They were overjoyed! If this was campaigning, so was George W. Bush's landing on the aircraft carrier and acting like Tom Cruise in "Top Gun."

    May 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  4. Jenna Roseville CA

    President Obama in Afghanistan: foreign policy or campaign stop?

    A little of both Jack, wouldn't you say?

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    May 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  5. EdfromMd

    Campaign stunt costing us a fortune in extra security I'm sure.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  6. MNResident

    Given the current laws related to voter registration and voting in place, I would have to vote for "campaign stop" to attract the Afgan citizen vote. Let's hear it for Motor Voter Laws......

    May 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  7. Loren, Chicago

    I want to give the President the benefit of the doubt, but as he's a Chicago politician, nothing he does can be viewed as being anything other than politics. Look at the scandal over pensions currently being reported in Chicago newspapers and you can see how venal and self-serving Chicago politiicans are. President Obama and his chief strategist, David Axelrod, are both veteran Chicago politicians and will say anything for reelection. Bottom line: campaign stop.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  8. Gary H. Boyd

    Obama doesn't have a meaningful foreign policy so that rules that out. But the timing of Bin Laden's death and Obama's boastful observations about it make his trip to Afghanistan more than just a coincidence. The guy is a hypocrit.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  9. Tom in Desoto, TX

    It was both, just like George W Bush’s visits. With the president going there, republicans can’t talk about themselves being tough (although few have military experience) and their hands on experience and knowledge of the region. And Romney’s been there how many times?

    May 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  10. Doug Ericson

    If it was a campaign stop it was a flop. There was Foreign Policy directly involved, because Obama signed an agreement with Karzai, outlining American Military involvement till the year 2024. That was distressing news to folks like me who wish this crusade would end now. The body language and stiffness displayed by Karzai during the signing ceremony was surprising. After the documents were signed, Obama tapped the back of Karzai's shoulder to get his attention, as Karzai was looking away from Obama at that moment. As Karzai turned around, Obama reached out to shake Karzai's hand. Karzai shook Obama's hand at the same moment it was offered, but back peddled as Obama stepped in closer to Karzai. Maybe Karzai isn't the touchy feely type but it looked like an awkward snub to me. Another interesting thing was, Karzai's seat was elavated so he appeared to be taller than Obama when they were seated next to each other. I would rate the trip a dissaster, both politically and foreign policy wise, except for Obama's heart wrenching speech to the troops. You could tell troops were moved by Obamas presence, especially those that got to shake Obama's hand. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  11. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Did you just bash the President for visiting the troops?

    I seriously hope you aren't paid for this.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  12. Dennis Lincoln

    Another 2 Million dollar campaign stop. The only Hope & Change , Potus hopes you won't talk about the economy because nothing is changing. It is going to be a long summer talking about Dogs,Bin Laden,comedy sketches and God knows what other distraction they will come up with. Chicago politics transplanted to DC . Our state is broke with all the backroom deals just like Solydra.
    Dennis – Chicago

    May 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  13. Ed from California

    I thought we were getting out!! I don't know what it is, to be honest. I just know that he, or Mittens won't be getting my vote. I can only pray that Mayor Bloomberg runs.......I'll vote for him. He seems decent enough. This would be a good time for Hillary to run, though......I'll certainly vote for her.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  14. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    If you ask the Republicans they will say campaign stop (while putting his life in danger)...then again they call every trip the President makes a campaign stop. Ask the President, and he will say it was merely a continuation of a previously announced foreign policy pertaining to Afghanistan. Ask me , and I say business as usual.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  15. Phyllis G. Williams

    President Obama in Afghanistan: foreign policy or campaign stop?

    His trip was such a successful one, that he will have to say like King David
    "They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head"
    (Psalm 69: 4).

    May 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  16. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    He is the Commander-in-chief performing the duty of Commander-in-chief. Leading from the front.

    There would be no point to campaigning on foreign policy. Polls show Romney's only perceived competency is vulture capitalism, .

    May 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  17. Noel Sivertson Roswell NM

    It's foreign policy. Bad foreign policy. Obama signing an agreement to keep us in Afghanistan for an additional decade I think is abominable. Doesn't anyone read history? Can't anyone take a lesson from Alexander the Great? Ghengis Khan? The British...twice? Russia? I'm sure if this had been a Republican deal Democrats would be denouncing it from the roof tops. It's just more job security for the military-industrial complex at the taxpayers expense.

    Why aren't we being told what's in the agreement? Has anybody considered the unintended consequences of remaining another decade in a tribal nation with no common language and a dozen ethinc groups; all who have been fighting with each other on and off for hundreds of years?

    I have an 8 year old grandson who may well be serving with the Army in Kabul before the agreement terminates...assuming it isn't renewed for yet another decade after that. Then my 4 year old great grandson can take his place.

    Why don't we just make Afghanistan a state?

    May 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  18. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    If you ask the Republicans they will say "campaign stop" (even while putting his life in danger)...then again, they call every trip the President makes a campaign stop. Ask the President, and he will say it was merely a continuation of a previously announced foreign policy pertaining to Afghanistan. Ask me , and I say business as usual in Washington.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  19. John from Alabama

    Jack: It was a little of both, but he is the president. President Barrack Obama is calm influence in a time of need. This is the theme of balanced approach which means for US Military out of combat role by the end of 2014, and a role of support and continued training of Afghanistan's Defense Force. President Obama does this with flare and grace, and is a great example of American diplomacy and strength for the rest of the world. He is leading, and not being led by self servicing policy idealogs. The Republicans will always point and blame, because it is the only thing they know how to do.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  20. RickFromDetroit

    Pres. Obama is in Afghanistan to bolster his campaign. The number one issue concerning the voters is the economy and his trickle down economics is not working, so he needs any political help that will carry him through the November Election. Europe is slipping into recession and we could follow, and lets not forget that the National Debt is increasing at the rate of $2 million dollars every MINUTE. For the most part, Obama' economic policies have provided the wealthy with the most benefits while the anemic part of the economy is still struggling.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  21. Peg in NY

    Both and well it should be.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  22. jk in MN

    Probably both – notice there wasn't a 20 foot "Mission Accomplished" sign in Afghanistan.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  23. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    Neither one, it was business trip. Billions of dollars for corporate contractors, and jobs they provide.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  24. Pat in Michigan

    Maybe Mitt can fly em into Paris for a one on one!

    May 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  25. Bert in Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, let's be fair. George W. Bush has been laying low since he left the country in a Great Recession. That’s the only way he can help other Republican campaigns; laying low! When President Obama makes a public appearance it is a natural campaign stop because under his watch the economy has improved, bin Laden is dead, General Motors s alive, and we have a national health care law.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  26. Pete in Florida

    Both.....and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that. Obama has tooted his own horn far less than his predecessor, and has more of a right to do so – at least Obama's horn-tootin' is for things he has actually accomplished. I'll never forget old "Mission Accomplished" Bush.....and 9 years later his mission is STILL not accomplished.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  27. Matt, Miami

    It's tough being President and Commander in Chief in an election year. There's no escaping the charge of campaigning or politizicing any action regardless of whatever the POTUS does. However, it shows great courage and bravery to go to a war zone to greet and and meet and thank the troops. Contrast that to a wannabe chief who goes around delivering pizza to the relative safety of a firehouse with Rudy Giuliani strapped to the roof of his campaign ride on the same day of the first anniversary of an historic moment.

    True there's a case to be made that the first instance may be a campaign stop for the President but the second instance, pizza delivery is undeniably a campaign stop to try and gain some semblance of greatness from an event he had no hand in accomplishing. An event surrounded by circumstances that Mitt Romney said he could/would never do in a previous presidential campaign.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  28. Joe Fattal

    It is a campaign stop. As repeating Bin Laden's death was also a campaign speech. But the election is still too far away, so Obama probably will need another well known dead terrorist.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  29. Pete in Georgia

    Both.
    When you're an incumbent you wear both hats. The only problem with that is from now till November Obama will go thru "Campaign Hats" like Elvis used to go thru scarves.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  30. Jef

    Does it matter? What one side does, for whatever reason, aggravates the other and vice versa. We are the laughing stock of the world right now and it is only going to get worse as the election gets closer. I am tired of all the negative BS; the only adults are the troops in Afghanistan – the rest are displaying the maturity of a 6 yr. old, but wearing adult clothes...

    Jef
    Bossier City

    May 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  31. kattyusa

    For a man that does not respect the military, he has no shame in using them to further his own agenda. I'm not impressed. What a joke Obama is. Do you suppose he thinks this will make us regard him as a hero? I don't think so. He's just emulating Bush. I don't think I've heard anything original from this President unless it was to spend us into oblivion. By the way, with the economy as it is, the gas prices as they are, what did this little trip cost us? I would love to know how much the 120+ trips Obama has taken since he took office have cost us. I guess I should just be happy that he never spends any time in the Oval Office – this way he does a little less damage.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  32. Brad, Portland, OR

    Yeah, I want to know the answer to this, too, because we all know that Bush never went to any war zones, or gave a speech at the World Trade Center site after 9/11, or gave a speech with uniformed members of the military standing behind him, or landed on an aircraft carrier under a banner that said "Mission Accomplished."

    No, Obama clearly isn't living up to the high standards of morality set by Republican presidents.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  33. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    Nearly everything the President says or does from now until Election Day will be viewed in the context of his re-election campaign. Deficits and debt are hot topics ... how much larger would both be, if we were still spending $300-400 billion a year in intense combat in two wars?

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    May 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  34. Mike S., New Orleans

    Wow Jack, you're starting to sound like the Faux News network. I'd rather have a president signing an agreement to be completely out of Afghanistan in ten years than a president who talks about "smoking them out of a foxhole" or "wanted dead or alive." So what if Obama is campaigning a bit? His challenger, Mitt Romney, has been campaigning for seven years. What does that mean Jack?

    May 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  35. calaurore9

    Afraid you got it right again, Jack. It's those instincts that need to be honed by a better group surrounding him. Dump the Chicagoans.

    Carol in Ma

    May 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  36. Kyle S Irvine, CA

    Both Jack,
    President George W Bush went to Iraq in November 2003 to surprise the troops. President Obama only did the same thing but went back on his word not to "spike the football" on the death of bin laden. Truthfully, the president does not have a whole lot to brag about. A health care reform bill about to be reversed, no federal budget, high unemployment and a drunken government spending money like its going out of style.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  37. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    One Hundred per cent chest thumping, look-at-me, look-at-me, over the top campaign stop! Not only a Huge waste of tax payer dollars to simply take the trip, it is just another example of how we seem to be living in times where no matter who is president, he/she thinks it is some kind of 'requirement' that we be sunk up to our eyeballs in some third world hellhole trying to fix the unfixable! Absolutely sickening display of arrogance!

    May 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  38. Paul From Round Rock, Texas

    Both Jack when a President can have another term everything that is done during the first term is campain mode.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  39. Bill of New Mexico

    Campaign stop.

    I hope Obama allows the Bush tax cuts to fail–
    else, you know who is going to be paying for the Afghanistan costs for the next 12 years.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  40. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    Both, to be sure. And why not? Nobody actually believes a word of what any elected official, in any posistion, including the President, says in front of cameras. This is an election year, and the last thing on a politicians mind, is doing the right thing for the country.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  41. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack your bias is really starting to showed through and I never thought I would say that. I for one like seeing my president no matter who he is being in Afghanistan trying to bring this war to an end for America. I enjoyed and I know the troops enjoyed the president's speech and visiting with them. I think it was appropriate for it to happen on the day they killed the main terrorist that was the cause of our troops going to Afghanistan in the first place. If you want to talk about spiking the ball there are marks all over an aircraft carrier flight deck where George W spike the ball saying a war was over when it was only the beginning of the war. So if you or any other Republicans want to make this into a political issue, I say shame on you.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  42. Charles - San Antonio

    Every stop until the election is a campaigm stop. No matter what anyone says, President Obama is a politician, and everything is political. The republicans will cry foul and say "President Obama is using his office to further his political campaign". I got one word for the republicans, "Duh". Get over it!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  43. Gary in San Jose, California

    It was clearly a campaign stop. He's just reminding voters that bin Laden was whacked on his watch and he is going to get us out of Afghanistan like he got us out of Iraq. The polls must be suggesting he is strong in this area so he's playing that hand. Apparently hypocrisy is just part of politics these days.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  44. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl it's pandering. pander to the fear mongers, pander to illegals for votes, pander to corp for money. just when will we Americans get our Constitution back and every one of our politicians be held accountable for the shameless crap they have been pulling. vigilantism makes a good tv show, or action movie, but a terrible way for our government to run.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  45. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Canada)

    Only a career politician could brag about ending a war on January 1, 2014 but turn around and commit tens of thousands of troops to stay in the war zone for another ten expensive, useless years. Will America ever find a decent, honest President?

    May 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  46. Mr. D

    Showtime! Style, not substance. Unfortunately, this country is becoming very good at such behavior. Led this time by our "media savvy" president, the beat goes on. I think i'm going to be sick.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  47. Ted

    I am sorry.....but it looked like it was a staged event rather than a surprise

    May 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  48. Ed from Texas

    We're still paying the price for not learning our lesson from Vietnam: it's easier to get into a war than to get out. Because when you try to get out, your political opponents accuse you of being weak on defense or worse, a traitor.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  49. ken, atlantic city, nj

    The picture says it all. It is a photo op for the dumb voters who buy into this war crap. 3 trillion wasted, hundreds of thousands killed in iraq and afghanistan and the insurgents still run both countries. Huray! Go u.s.a.!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  50. chris

    simple a campaign stop but he wil make it an offical stop so we the overtaxed americans pay for this overseas trip

    May 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  51. John from Santa Maria, CA

    This is the point where you politically stop using deoderant and stink your opponent out of the room. All's fair in love and war.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  52. Sandstone.

    "China is trying very hard to manipulate India into a conflict, to counter-balance what you are doing just over their boarders, so: 'What happens in Afghanistan will stay in Afghanistan" and what happens elswhere will really rule the months to come."

    May 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  53. Paul in NC

    Actually, Jack, he had wanted to do it with more class but no one could figure out how to get an aircraft carrier into Asghanistan.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  54. perry jones

    silly question he has never stoped campaigning

    May 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  55. Josh from New Orleans

    Is it foreign policy or a campaign stop? Yes.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  56. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I would say "both,"--but that would not be an honest answer--foreing policy-well if it is there, it remains hidden-campaign stop--time to gather the troops and votes!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  57. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Considering that he also inked a peace deal, ending the war, I would call it foreign policy. If Karzai came to him, he might not be president when he came back, so Obama had to go to him. Lets just call it Victory in Afghanistan Day and leave it at that (sounds alike a good excuse for a new holiday).

    May 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  58. Vinny in Connecticut

    Nothing more than another campaign stop, Jack. Ever since he took office, he's been campaigning non stop for the 2012 election. Obama has had more campaign fundraisers in his 3+ yrs than all the Presidents from Nixon til now COMBINED! Using the killing of Bin Laden to further heap praise unto himself, which he loves to do, is DISGRACEFUL. Ask any Navy SEAL or any soldier what he or she thinks about this, and you'll see that not one is proud to have him as their so called "commander-in-chief." And once again, most of the so called 'mainstream media' won't call him out on it, but instead glorify him. Unbelievable.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  59. MYSTEROIUS

    Maybe, just maybe, it's part of the JOB OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES You guys alway think this guy is up to something nefarious . Maybe he actually did it as part of the job.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  60. Gail, Plano TX.

    A little bit of both, Jack! But have u forgotten Mission Accomplished? And George Bush faux flying onto the aircraft carrier? With a flight suit on for goodness sales! Nobody said anything then. Hmmmm, wonder why? Oh I think I know. It's because everyone is afraid of the GOP! My sincere wish for my fellow Americans is this: Elect Mr Romney! Please! We need to witness the total demise of what used to be a Democracy!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  61. curtis in philadelphia

    The US has a collective memory of a gnat. Has everyone forgotten W. Bush's re-election campaign that began with himself landing a plane on an aircraft carrier with a banner reading "Mission Accomplished". Not to mention his ads telling everyone that Kerry was for it (the war) before he was against it. So Bush can use Kerry words against Kerry, but Obama can't use Romney's words against Romney? And Jack, people smarter than both you and I have said that the first term of any presidency is one long re-election campaign. Apparently that has been forgotten too.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  62. Dave - Phx

    Everything politicians do is a campaign stop. You the media ensure that by showing up with your cameras and lights to make sure we all know about it. Quit promoting it if it bothers you. By the way, stop demonizing Obama for getting Osama without mentioning Mission Accomplished. Casting stones while ignoring the fact that everyone in politics is going to do it makes you look foolish.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  63. Willy in Las Vegas

    get OFF it, Cafferty. at least he wasn't flying out to an Aircraft Carrier to do a "Mission Accomplished" speech. IF Bush had wacked bin Laden you would never hear the END of it from the Republicans. they have egg on their face and are now trying to wipe it off by disparaging Obama (and the WORLDS) victory in getting rid of the number one terrorist. AND Liz Cheney and other Neocon NUTS are trying to TAKE CREDIT. what a load of manure.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  64. Sylvia in San Diego

    It's obvious... campaign stop! It's self serving and sickening given the state of our economy... He does not get my vote!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  65. Steve, NY

    It's obviously a campaign stop. People and you finally Jack are beginning to see the light.
    What Romney should do, maybe you can forward this to Romney, is give a speech in the next few days and propose pulling out of Afganistan within 90 days of his winning the election and point out the billion of dollars of savings. The speech also should contain a note that a current sitting President should not make decisions of what agreements to be made in 2014. Those agreements should be made by the President that wins in November 2012. That should slow down Obama and shock the world. . Republicans are not smart enough to play Obama's game. Maybe this blog can help.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  66. Dave, Orlando, FL

    You have got to be kidding – have you considered stand up? This is as obvious a campaign stop as you can imagine, second only to “Mission Accomplished” in disingenuousness. This trip was another meaningless issue; nothing was done. We are trusting a corrupt Karzai and expecting the Taliban to play nice with us on their scout's honor – give me a break. And it is just another broken promise. The irony is that it was based on the only promise Obama kept; to get OBL.

    He does deserve credit for that decision. It was a tremendous political risk since it could have easily ended up as Carter’s courageous attempt to rescue the hostages. But he promised not to spike the football and he just did. Slick Willy has nothing on Obama when it comes to politics. At least Clinton got things done.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  67. Ray in Knoxville

    Really Jack? You're comparing a simple campaign ad reminding people who it was that redirected America's war on terrorism back on to the terrorist with the chest thumping, vainglorious bombasts from the GOP? You've got to take a break from watching Sean, Glenn and Rush and get some fresh air. To answer your question, the presidents stop was both foreign policy and a campaign stop, because in the modern age, every thing every politician does is done with an eye on the next campaign. Thank you 24 hour media.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  68. Jake in Omaha

    President Obama in Afghanistan: foreign policy or campaign stop?

    He should take a victory lap for killing this scumbag. I have no problem with a little campaigning along the way, As the leader of our military he would have been blamed if the mssion to kill Ben Laden failed.

    Romney says he would have made the same decsion, I have my doubts . Mr. Romney has a hard time sticking to his guns on almost everthing.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  69. Bobby E. Lahmon

    You can't have politicians without politics hard to separate the two the thing is the only thing difference in President Obama and many of our previous presidents is his race and name other than that he nor his actions are no different than the rest of them

    May 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  70. David Gerstenfeld

    Yes to both. next question ?
    David, Las Vegas

    May 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  71. John Downey

    Definately a campain stop .This is exactly what he accused H. Clinton of 4 years ago. Does he think we dont remember?! John Downey Greensburg,Pa

    May 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  72. Mark from New Jersey

    While I was always in favor of never sending 150,000 men to do what 100 could do with no publicity,(as the SEALs proved), we're apparently stuck there. If Obama withdraws immediately and Afghanistan collapses as it will do whenever we leave, we'll never hear the end of it from the republicans, and that would only serve to put them back in power and we'll get another couple of unfunded wars and more massive tax cuts for people who should have massive tax increases. "Spike the ball?" How about "mission accomplished?" And what's with the tone anyway, Jack? Is there an opening on "The Five" you're angling for?

    May 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  73. Mark

    At this point just about everything he does is for his re-election. The way he is trumpeting what happened a year ago is pathetic.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  74. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    What's wrong with you? President Obama touted his accomplishment of getting bin Laden, after the Republicans have constantly accused Obama of "appeasement" and "apologizing for America." Obama did NOT "spike the football." He stated a fact, questioned if Romney (who blames Obama for everything under the sun) would've ordered the killing of bin Laden (since Romney said he would NOT have gone into Pakistan), and went to do his presidential duties in Afghanistan. It's time Obama gets the credit he deserves. You can bet Bush and the Republicans would've spiked the football like there was no tomorrow if THEY had gotten bin Laden.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  75. Martha Brooks

    I have been bitterly disappointed by the failure of Mr. Obama to "live up" to the rhetoric of 2008. This latest gambit – the speech from Kabul – only made me more despairing of the future. 12 more years of squandering our resources and endangering the lives of our troops and for what? Pandering to a corrupt war-lord in a country that, based on it's history, will likely never know peace. I remember Vietnam all too well, and it seems we are doomed to repeat the mistakes we made there. Maybe we will luck out and the Taliban or whoever will end up beating our behinds and kicking us out of there before the "planned" exit in "2024."

    Martha, Rew, PA

    May 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  76. John Herling

    From now until November, everywhere Obama goes will be a campaign stop, and everything he says and does will be campaign-related. The same goes for Romney. That's only to be expected in an election year.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  77. gary

    If Romney thinks it was a campaign stop maybe he should make the trip to see what kind of reception he gets from the troops.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  78. Viet.Vet (DC)

    Jack its call the bully pulpit of the President and in this instance it was the right thing to do. All of the previous Presidents did it however, as you know our current President is special and is judge by a different double standard.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  79. MIKE

    He has been non stop since he took office !!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  80. Burbank from CA

    I think it was blatant grandstanding. The oh-so-transparent show-off grandstanding is what killed McCain's candidacy; it made him look like a silly old fool. If Obama isn't careful, he's going to hurt himself with grandstanding too.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  81. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Bin laden was killed on his watch so he can claim it. That may be the only success story of his 4 year carrier so why not claim it? H isn't going to brag or speak too much on his running the deficit up or extending the Bush tax cuts and other Bush polices or keeping Gitmo open after he said he would close it.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  82. lt

    Campaign stop, no doubt about it and he didn't even have to use any of his campaign funds. Apparently he just wanted us to know that we would remain over there until we "get the job done." My question: what exactly IS the job?

    May 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  83. KMH

    Cafferty you're such a tool. Your cynical grandstanding is as subtle as the Donald's combover. Keep working "hard" for the money honey.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  84. Boisepoet

    Come on Jack, I'm ashamed you are jumping on the Republican bandwagon of labeling everything and anything the President does as 'campaigning'. This piece is embarrassing. And even if he was doing some chest thumping, I just hope in the past you were calling out the Republicans as doing the same or worse, otherwise you are just being hypocritical. Check out Jon Stewart’s take on this. Unfortunately, he proves again that he is a better journalist for pointing out the hypocrisy of those pundits deriding Obama over the OBL anniversary than those who actually call themselves journalists.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  85. BOB FROM BRIDGEPORT

    It really does not matter what obama does because either way he will be wrong.
    What really gets my pants in a bunch is that you have a large group of racists straddling the republican fense and using it simple as cover for their bigoted motivations and nothing short of parting the red sea will ever buy this president a warm greeting. So maybe we throw all you bums out of office and reverse the direction this parting is heading. Good LUCK.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  86. Louise Padgett

    Absolutely a campaign stop. Went there exactly 9 years after Bush's 'Mission Accomplished" speech, right after the 1 year anniversary of bin Laden's death..Not a co oincidence. Traveling took 27 hours, but Obama was on the ground in Afghanistan only 6 hours.

    Made it suspect as a political move because he went to Afghanistan- a war country- to give a speech to the American people-he could have given that speech from Oval office.... A campaign stop the American taxpayers paid for....

    Louise P.
    Virginia

    May 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  87. Juan, Florida

    Cheesy? Really?

    Cheesy is delivering Pizza to Firemen to commemorate an event you have nothing to do with in the hope of getting a political advantage. The extra cheese is, doing it, though you criticized someone who would do it in a previous campaign.
    Clearly you're the one with no class. Cheesy? give the American people who supports their commander in chief a break!

    May 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  88. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I read your question but perceived it to be Obama's trip over there is it foreign "fallacy" or a champaign stop" ! Both.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  89. Larry IN Houston

    President Obama in Afghanistan: foreign policy or campaign stop? You really want my opinion, Mr. Cafferty ? Although I am Voting Democrat 2012 – sometimes I think Obama is getting dumber & dumber by the day. I think it WAS Cheesy, and I also think it WAS a campaign Stop, especialy the way he done it. I don't know who Obama's taking his advice from, to be perfectly honest. He should have started pulling the troops out of afghanistan the minute they got OBL. I mean, by this time, we would have been out by now. And everybody in this country already Knows how Corrupt the Karzai Regime is, ( including Obama, I'm sure) but obama shook his hands, can you actually believe that ? Now we're going to be in there til WHEN ? 2014 ?? Are You Kidding Me ?? What are we supposed to do with the afghan police ? How Long does it take to show them to CONTROL Their Own Country ?? How many Billions More should we keep giving them ? No wonder why a lot of people is going Ron Paul or Bust. Jack, there are times that I wonder why I'm going to Vote, because I'm afraid Romney "Might" do away with Social Security. Or Cut it deeply, that's the only reason that I am planning on Voting Democrat. I mean, You'd think in an election year, Obama would come around to the middle, but > LOL < he's STILL Governing to the left of Left !! I guess he either doesn't care, or he feels like he needs a break, after 4 years, let somebody else have it, and go back to chicago, and retire with all the secret service around him for life.
    Vote Democrat – 2012 ( IF you Vote)

    May 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  90. Mark in Houston

    Probably both Jack.

    If I had a job and was up for review, you bet I would be mentioning accomplishments. Besides that, why the sudden uproar over a visit to a battlefront..Presidents, VP's, Sec's of State, etc have been doing it for decades without coming home with some signed political agreement.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  91. John Newsome

    ...another campain stop we paid for.

    Although he's thumping his chest for killing OBL, he voted against tactics used to gather the intelligence to do so. He's bragging about making a no-brainer... but he did go against Biden's recommendation NOT to send in the Navy SEALS. These clowns make Carter look good.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  92. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,
    The only hypocrisy is the notion that Republicans get to freely criticize and characterize President Obama's foreign policy as vacillinlating, weak, and guilty of appeasement, yet the President shouldn't be able to point out his foreign policy triumphs. He is both entitled and obligated to respond about the decimation of Al Queda and the death of Osama Bin Laden, because as we all know, dead men tell no tales.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  93. Mary J s

    Jack. You sure can be a hard headed, can't you? Sometimes I think you're just saying these things as the devil's advocate. Sad commentary on a masterfully done week of out-Karl Roving the Repubs, don't you think? I do. and I'm sitll a Hillary girl. But I have to admire the chutzpah this whole OBL complimentary tour showed. Good for the potus. I am from Sarasota, FL

    May 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  94. Paulo - Calif

    Campaign policy; foreign stop.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  95. p

    Everything the POTUS does till November will have campaign implications, as well it should.
    Got to make sure the twit Mitt doesn't move into the White House, and the Bushies, teapartiers and scary neocons don't don't get another chance to try to ruin our country.
    -And guess what Mitt? Jimmy Carter had more guts than you ever will.
    He was 10 times the POTUS you will NEVER be!

    May 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  96. Drew in St.Louis MO

    Even though Obama is constantly campaigning, (and has been since he took office in '08) this visit was about foreign policy. Didn't we learn our lesson the last time we intervened in Afghanistan and then just left without looking back? We need to get it right this time, even if it is unpopular with the American public.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  97. LIP

    His photo op with the armored vehicles in the background reminded me of the munitions people in the background who along with LBJ, unlike JFK, wanted us in Vietnam. Kind of made me wonder just who us pulling the strings on this puppet and yes, only the totally ignorant and those enamored by this President will actually believe this is not politically driven.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  98. Hank - Jacksonville, NC

    As President and Commander-in-Chief, Obama had an obligation and responsibility to visit the troops and sign the SOF agreement. Romney has repeatedly attacked the President as indecisive and weak in foreign affairs. So, nobody should be surprised that Obamas threw it back at him.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  99. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    I thinks it is ridiculous for you and the Republican party to call everything Obama does as President a campaign stop. I think it's jealousy Jack. He's the peoples President. He likes to be out among the people, among the troops, among our young people...., and they love him for it. And the media is going to cover it.... He can't help that. And the Republicans are jealous they don't have a candidate with that same appeal. There only defense is to say Obama's playing politics, and they say it on every trip he takes. Obama is being the people's President, and the haters on the right playing defense.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  100. Mike Anders

    It's not "either/or" but both. Everything a President of the United States does, or doesn't do is political and grist for the campaign mill. Even Harry Truman knew that when he sat down at the piano!

    May 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  101. r.landschoot

    Issn't it shameful way proponents and opponents act? Yes, it was political, enough allready

    May 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  102. jane

    long ride for a handful votes if any. sorry to be cynical but just looks like more campaigning amd posturing and smoke blowing. where is huntsman when we needed him ????

    May 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  103. David Griffith

    At least he is touting achievements in his speeches and not relying on raising the terror alert during th eelctions ill take achievements over scare tactics any day you cynic Cherry Hill NJ

    May 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  104. nickc1969

    It's a campaign stop, of course, and not much different from those of previous presidents, except maybe more poorly considered. The less Americans focus on what a mess AFG really is, the better off Obama will be, and yet he intentionally brought this fiasco of a war back into the media spotlight. Who's going to think better of Obama after this awkward publicity stunt? No one. This will only cause some to reconsider his relatively high marks on foreign policy.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  105. Madtown

    Only way I'd even consider voting for this guy, is if he brought all the troops back home from Afghanistan with him.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  106. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    Republicans are playing defense Jack. So, everything Obama does is a campaign stop to them. They call him a failed President every chance they get. So, he has to show Americans what he's accomplishing. If I told all your colleagues you are the worst journalist in the past 100 years. You're not gonna just sit there silent and take it, because they'll start to believe it. You have to show your credentials, what you've done, and (for lack of a better word) boast your accomplishments. I don't think anyone would blame you.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  107. larvadog

    Foreign policy or campaign stop? Stop being so petty. Every president up for reelection has done some campaigning while doing his presidential duties. How does one separate the two, when one half of the country disagrees with everything the president says and does? And by the way, it is entirely appropriate to call Mitt on his recent statement, since four years ago he categorically stated he *would not* do what the president did. Liars deserve to be rooted out and seen for what they are.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  108. Old Marine - Dallas, TX

    You hit it right on the head, Jack. Blatantly politicizing our troops has become just "part of the act" with this president. Although I do not claim to represent the opinions of any of my brothers in arms, I can tell you that we are certainly concious of these "stunts" and don't appreciate the light weight campaign circuit words of praise. Never-the-less, he is our Commander In Chief and that makes it incumbent on all of us, not withstanding our personal views, to do what is asked of us and we will do just that. Semper Fi

    May 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  109. bruce mccoy

    I'd say 90% of what Obama does is a campaign stunt.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  110. Mike

    Of course it was a campain stop. The President has been using our dollar for campaining for several weeks now by not so discretely throwing in some token executive reason to obvious campain funtions. "Change" Really ? Seems like the same old mail-it-in-early-to-campain trick that has become the norm for politicians. And that when coupled with the incesant blame-anyone-other-then-me leadership and habitual backtracking makes for a quick study in Chicago style politics 101. Its not spiking if HE does it...

    May 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  111. smallpenar

    See everything that president does a year before election is gonna be construed as a campaign stop lol. All politicians do it so why give it so much undeserved attention. derp............

    May 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  112. John

    It is a campaign stop that cost the American taxpayers millions of dollars, not counting the billions to keep up this exercise in futility.

    There was a great battle for Afghanistan in the 1890's. The West has not learned anything since then.

    Come home!

    May 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  113. Glen - Cary

    Publicity stunt as much as Bush on the Aircraft carrier....when will these guys understand we have a population at home that in many cases requires more attention and need. Not to say we cannot share the wealth; but killing our troops in a region that for centuries has been at war,,,,,total nonsense....how can we make getting to higher level public office achievable and affordable for the average person – then we will see real and productive change (and decision-making).

    May 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  114. Midpack

    It was clearly a campaign stunt? I thought we were supposed to leave in 2014, now 2024? Why? Shouldn't the administration explain exactly what we WILL accomplish.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  115. jim

    The way you phrased the question kind of sounds like propaganda from fox. I see nothing wrong with pointing out something that Mitt Romney actually said which was is it worth it to spend so much time and money to catch one guy. I however do think the troops should return home and stop fighting a endless war.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  116. Marvin

    Jack, you're wrong! What's wrong with you? This is, in part, politics just as it's your job to deliver commentaries/blogs. For sure there was nothing wrong with the President mentioning OBL, nor attacking Romney on the issue. After all the criticism from the right that he (Obama) didn't have the guts to go after OBL or naive/foolish to do so-Why, heck yeah, it's okay for him to toot his own horn.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  117. E N, Virginia

    Campaign Stop. Obama wants to show us, that if he stays till 2014, we'll get out of Afghanistan like the 72% of Americans want to. That's IF we vote for him.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  118. Hunter

    Let's face it; troops are voters. But I think this was equal parts politics and foreign policy. Before the election the troops have the right to know what they are going to be doing for the remainder of their service. That's one place Romney is lacking. He has danced around the issue of involvement in Afghanistan, but never really outlined a strategy. No matter who is Commander in Chief post-election, we will be in Afghanistan. At least Obama had the courtesy to let the troops know his intent.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  119. Charles Hayes

    Get a grip Jack. If this had happened during the Bush Administration we would still be taking the posters down.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  120. Brian in San Antonio

    It was a campaign stop. Otherwise, he would have waited until Karzai attended the Nato Summit in Chicago, and would not have done the trip on the anniversary of Bin Laden's death.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  121. Granville

    Bull-Pucky, Jack.

    Republicans turned their backs on bin Laden and Afghanistan early during their "reign", to pursue profit and revenge in Iraq. Then, tried to make political hay from lots of angles, including "Mission Accomplished". They still try to use it as a fear-creator.

    President Obama is doing a good job. I trust him. Does that scare you?

    May 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  122. John J. Grimes Watertown, Ma.

    This obvious campaign stop in the Graveyard of Empires may result in a very big surprise for Presidenty Obama come November. While I will not vote for Romney, I may also choose not to vote for someone who has just told me that our country will continue to put our troops and our wallets in harm's way for the next 12 years.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  123. Al (Montreal)

    We have been playing in that sandbox for far too long. Time to pick up our pails/shovels and move on.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  124. Neil-Texas

    How is this any different than the infamous "Mission Accomplished" photo of pres. Bush on a U.S. navy carrier. It's just another example of politicians deflecting from real issues that Americans face.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  125. Craig - Bellevue, WA

    Please! That question doesn't even need to be asked. There is nothing that Obama does or has done that isn't a campaign stop, except maybe golf, basketball or his vacations. No, on second thought those are political as well.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  126. R Guinn

    Way to calculated, excessive campaigning. This is the result of one man's desire to project a cult of personna and optimize imagery.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  127. Matt G.

    Probably both! Anything a president does the last year of the first term can be considered part of a reelection strategy. Should they not campaign until October of the election year?!

    May 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  128. Pete, NJ

    Wake up, Jack. Afghanistan is much more than a sand pile. The minerals there are already coveted by the Chinese. According to the NYTimes, "The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world," China has already cut several deals taking lithium out of our reach. We should be making our own deals to offset the costs of the war. In any case, we are going to need a long term relationship with Afghanistan, or we are going to be sending a lot more of our money to China.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  129. Dan Awalt

    Imagine if the Osama bin Laden raid had FAILED, Jack! Do ya think the Republicans wouldn't be using THAT as a campaign issue? Of course President Obama uses it...it was a "success". Politicians take credit for successes, Jack. They only hide from the failures and screwups. And, get real; he DOES give most credit to the SEALS unit. As CINC, he still had to have the cajones to risk the whole thing, despite the possible blowback from a failure.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  130. Wayne - Orlando

    Jack, it's both, SO WHAT? All politicians do these things. It's an image boost
    and certainly a reminder of the momentous accomplishment one year ago.
    Yes an accomplishment to note... killing somone who brought so much misery
    to the world. To be sure, the other side would do likewise... remember landing
    on the carrier and "Mission Accomplished"?

    May 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  131. Don in Texas

    Jack – President Obama made his first trip to Afghanistan in 2008 as part of his campaign efforts to get elected. He then met with Karzai twice in 2010 to discuss the war. The trip yesterday, his fourth, was absolutely nothing more than a well-orchestrated and scripted campaign stop in his efforts to get RE-elected. Fifty percent of his trips we made to get/stay in office. Wow. Just wow.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  132. David - Virginia

    Are you surprised? Come on Jack – when since has this President passed on an opportunity to blow his own horn? He should be giving George W. a little more credit for recognizing the importance of securing our country from evil Dictators and terrorist...

    May 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  133. Danny Los Angeles ca.

    Campaign stop jack,I can't totally support Obama,but he didn't take us to war in the middle east this was bush and Cheney a more intelligent move would have been to find al Qaeda in the beginning and send in the seals then now we have all Arab people hating the America for what a few extremists caused.now the responsible thing is to leave but not until security is in place.obamas now doing the right thing in this case.i believe he's also on the right path domestically.but I still believe that government overall owes us a better job.mostly those who sell us out for their own private gains.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  134. Buster Bates

    It doesn't matter what the intent was. Anything he does is viewed negatively. OBL was eliminated under his administration, but it's wrong if it's mentioned in his campaign. Wow only in the great US of A. Thanks for showing your true colors!!!!

    May 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  135. 2011 Eyes

    President Obama is doing his job. And it's better than hearing the months and months of Republican propaganda.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  136. Harvey

    Definitely a campaign stop. As you said a continuation of Obama spiking the ball over OBL. This was just a campaign stunt to get support of the troops and to falsely show his strategic leadership. Those who say "did you hear the troops cheer". They were cheering their commander-in-chief, not Obama the person. Don't forget the Marine Sgt who recently expressed his opinion of Obama in Facebook, and was "other-the-honorably" discharged from the military

    May 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  137. Dan Awalt

    And, by the way......IF a Republican gets elected, when the hell do you think we'll get out of that toilet? Never?

    May 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  138. Bob in San Antonio

    I am an independent voter, who did not vote for President Obama in 2008 because I thought John McCain's service to his country had earned him the Presidency. I like the current President, though, and defend him online and in conversation regularly. I will not vote for him in 2012 because of his support for the failed Democratic fiscal policies. It was a campaign stop, and I like him a little less because he made it.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  139. Kirk

    Jack, it's obviously a campaign stop. The timing is a little convenient, and Obama and his administration have wasted no time constantly reminding us that the president made the decision to take out bin Laden. I and everyone else is glad that bin Laden is dead, but it's time to congratulate the real heroes, which would be each and every person serving in the military. Also, the people voting in November will care about job availability, not who took out bin Laden.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  140. Mark St Louis, MO

    You're missing the point Jack. As the adage goes, "keep your friends close and your enemies closer." A continued American presence in Afghanistan might just prevent another 911.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  141. keith simmons

    Barack Obama just keeps surprising everyone with his unexpected moves. He has a way of making his enemies angry because he is simply more intelligent and creative.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  142. Theayar

    Are you serious? Just in case you forgot Jack, Bin Laden killed 3,000 American men, women and children! Of course Pres. Obama should brag about this accomplishment in whatever way he wants. I'm sure the Navy seals that performed this mission were more than happy to see this Bin Laden dead and avenge this country. Bush obviously didn't care that Bin Laden killed thousands of Americans on American soil. I'm just happy that after a decade and Billions of dollars the man was finally caught. How dare you try to spin this to make Pres. Obama look like the bad guy!

    May 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  143. Ernest E Remy

    What a joke. Campaign stop...An agreement to get to an agreement. Give the country a break. Are we
    stupid or what.

    A LEADER would be a wonderful dichotomy.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  144. Angela

    The President is the only one who could order the mission to get Bin Laden. This was the biggest single victory since 9/11 so why does everyone want him to be silent about it. Can President Obama ever speak Bin Laden's name again without the media's fear that Romney will look weak. Is this President not supposed to not mention his accomplishments when he knows that the opposition will always list his failures?. Recognizing the first anniversary of Bin Laden's death is a victory for this country, not spiking the football so stop trying to make it more than it is.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  145. Chad

    Whether it is a campaign stop or foreign policy is pointless, it's a completely subjective question. What I would like to address is the question "Why are we still there?" and the answer is simple... We're responsible for the current situation there and must insure that we leave some kind of framework for a legitimate government before extracting all of our troops. Ten years ago while Afghanistan may not have had a government in our sense of the word they had a form of hierarchy which we disrupted by invading, pitting different factions such as the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and the previous government against each other as they were forced to choose whether to support or oppose our invasion. We were all rabid for war when the invasion began, a miniscule amount of Americans opposed the war and when the enemy combatants didn't simply roll over and die like Saddam in Desert Storm is when America began the finger pointing. The Democrats blame the Republicans and the Republicans blame the Democrats and our service members follow orders from both. We need to get over this idiotic bi-partisan system and realize we are all Americans.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  146. John

    You're correct, Jack. It was a stunt. But, then Obama is incapable of doing anything particularly well other than campaign.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  147. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Jack, Jack – Just once give a fair shake to the President and I would be proud of you. I expect anyday now you will be moving to Fox. This trip was both foreign policy and campaigning. After all, it is an election year. I was pleased to see how the President was greated by the troops – with respect and obvious affection. Somehow, I remember W landing on an aircraft carrier under a banner that said "Mission Accomplished" when the mission was not accomplished but, of course, you would never mention that. President Obama is a good and decent man and deserves a lot better than what he gets from you and other Republicans. Shame.....

    May 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  148. G. Hayes, Butte, MT

    Jack, Jack, Jack... You're criticism would be valid had you and the rest of American media pointed out the chronic use of the same tactic by Republicans over and over again for decades. Republicans don't "own" national security, though they would have you think they do.
    President Obama - against all preconceptions - has turned out to be a very good war president, which showed in the faces of the troops. And they are the ones who deserved a visit by their commander in chief.
    If that benefits Obama's re-election, so be it.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  149. John Cosman - Canada

    After sneaking into a sovereign country, assasinating an unarmed notorious leader in the presence of his spouses and stealing his corpse and personal records (which were later exposed to humililiate him and his family), I don't understand why anyone can be proud of this "accomplishment".

    May 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  150. Dale N.M.

    taxpayer paid junket; Nothing but a commander and chief campaign stop, Get our troops out of there.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  151. odguy

    All moves by both Obama and Romney can be considered "campaign stops". Of course, Romney has nothing else to do. Obama, on the other hand, is supposed to be leading the most powerful nation in the history of planet Earth. Focusing on whether it was a leadership or political move just gives him more air time and, thus, helps his campaign by giving him more exposure. In a perfect world, we would all ignore both of these clowns. After all, it doesn't really matter which one wins. They are both big government politicians and the pawns of the bankers and big corporate interests. No, I'm not paranoid. The rest of you are asleep and living in the matrix. WAKE UP! Steve T. – East Texas

    May 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  152. Scout2241- Sarasota, Fl

    Jack, it seems you've found the discarded prompt cards that Newt left in the wastecan on the way out. The President has been working on this Afgan agreement for months, along with Republicans like Lindsey Graham and John McCain,
    both of whom were supportive of this trip. You've been leaning more right every week. Are you trying the edge out the
    other candidates wanting to be Romney's running mate?

    May 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  153. allen

    please i wonder where all these republicans was when bush was dancing all over the country for catching bin laden. ooh wait he didn't but he still celebrated anyway. George bush the life of the party even when their is no party.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  154. Bocwheel

    It was both but I dont think he is doing anything the rest of them have not done in the past

    May 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  155. LaVerne

    President Obama is criticized no matter what he does. If Bin Laden had been killed under a Republican watch, you'd better believe the republicans would milk the accomplishment for all it is worth. Sounds to me like just plain old jealousy because they (republicans) failed to get Bin Laden first. Come on Jack, you can see through this one like cellophane.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  156. Toni Sandell

    Obama has a right to crow a little bit–both to congratulate the military for getting rid of BinLaden and to point out that Democrats are NOT soft on national security. Remember when Bush 2 flew in and landed on an aircraft carrier while wearing a flight suit? What was that? The GOP is just upset that Obama has upstaged them.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  157. Lucy of NY

    Everything Obama is doing these days is desperate and low brow. A real shame, too, because it makes me begin to notice how much more mature and collected Romney seems in comparison. Using the killing of bin laden as a pissing contest turned me off to Obama now and at election time.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  158. Hugh Edsall, St. Augustine, FL

    The president was bringing the American people up to date on the situation in afghanistan which certainly includes the killing of Bin Laden. He was explaining how we are to conclude our involvement without wasting all of the time, money, and human lives our country has invested. This was definitely foreign policy.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  159. Betty in San Diego

    Of course it is a political stragegy – after all he doesn't have much else to brag on – and now he's tarnished that. Remember that while he slipped away quietly on Air Force One – so many of our young and seasoned troops stayed right where they were the day before he came, the day he came, and the day he left – but don't worry, you only have another 12 years – and oh, by the way, I got a photo op out of it (ice cream sundae) with a televised speech directly from the "zone" (cherry on top). Maybe this was one of the "Change you can believe in" rants – oh I forgot, that was backed up with a "well I didn't say today or next week – things take time." I guess he meant 8 years instead of 4. I hate to think where the USA will be in 4 more years. So sad. So sad.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  160. Les

    Your obsession with all that's negative in this world jades your interpretative abilities. I'm not sure I've ever heard you ask we participants to comment on something positive. As far as Obama's trip, it was good for the troops, and good for making clear what his Afghanistan policy will be. If it had campaigning benefits too, who cares?

    May 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  161. Chris Johnson

    President Obama seems to want things all ways. This was definitely political. He made the call, Seals went in and executed all while he watched it unfold on TV. And now he's taking credit. For what? Picking up the phone and doing what any sensible American would have done. The CIA, and other intelligence agencies that started this journey to find Bin Laden even before he was community organizing. And he's taking credit. Shameful, but not surprising. Why not just take credit for ending WWII as well? He could say the republican candidate wouldn't have the guts to end it. No wonder the Tea Party has such traction.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  162. John from Georgia

    More campaign stops than the last 5 presidents combined during this time period. Never misses an opportunity to promise something with no intention to deliver to get more votes. Another very expensive tax payer trip for this President to garner votes and cover up his real record of poor performance and higher costs for the tax payer. Disgusting and disgraceful but only expected from our Chicago community organizer politician.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  163. Patt

    My mom taught me a way to evaluate things that goes like this: Rate it on above average, average, or below average. Applied to political acts by presidents of BOTH parties, this looks about average. I don't see any way around this with our constitutional amendment re 2 terms the limit. If it had been done to allow one 6 year term, it would have been a non issue all these years: BTW: Watergate I rate way below average on this subject. Bush on a carrier in the Gulf might have been a little less tacky. Bush with the bullhorn at Ground Zero, that was symbolizm at its best, Bush in the jet flying over New Orleans, not so much. I don't see anyone commenting here that started from a neutral position as to the current President. Perhaps deductive vs inductive reasoning is just not possible in politics.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  164. joshua

    ANOTHER NON-ISSUE. It's still about the economy and all 350,000 viewers of CNN can't vote often enough to get Obama re-elected. Obama = Jimmy Cater. Same failed policies, same failed results. Except Obama had 2 full years to pass anything he wanted without needing a single republican vote and did nothing.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  165. Name*Frank Littljohn

    It was both Jack!!!, it's funny how the right wing is stepping all over it's self to down play a proud moment in our nations history, on the anniversary of bin laiden's death, celebrate a real mission accomplished,please haters.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  166. Kurt - Mountain View, CA

    Oh Jack, its a political stop no doubt! How can America regain the respect and admiration of the world, not to mention our economy, when we have a president committed to his doomed legacy and self interest. The American people who has supported the ongoing theatrics of our president needs to attend Dr. Drew's re-hab to get weened of the socialist laced Obama kool-aid!

    While our president is trying to figure out who goes next with the kids waterslide, the American people are suffering and embarrassed. There is no doubt the American people will rise once more, but November can't get here soon enough!

    Kurt

    May 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  167. Janza

    nothing but another opportunity to put his face in front of the camera and say "look at me!" Total campaign ploy at the expense of our military and the wonderful men and women who are putting their life on the line there. He makes me ill...egotistical , narcicisstical braggart just making another pretty speech to deceive those who still think he has something to offer. Just an expensive campaign stop.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  168. Gerald donahue

    This is a 1st anniversary of the death of Bin Laden.Every President talks about the accompliments during their presidency. If it continues to be a mention throughout the campaign, then it might be considered boasting. Careful Jack your hypocrasy might be showing.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  169. Bliss

    ROFL...Cafferty is right. Obama makes a transparent political "spike" of the ball and calls him out. Cafferty then ask a question about Obama's actions....what do Obama's minions do, Blame Bush. You guys are ignorant.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  170. Casey-Va

    COme on, man! Obama can have his victory lap since he actually did do something....Get Osama!

    May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  171. Shirley Hubbard

    Foreign Policy trip the one thing the repubs can not mess with this president on is foreign policy. If it had been George W. we would be hearing how patriotic this was, what a terrific president and today would probably be having a parade about this entire thing..

    May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  172. Patrick Nelson

    American politics IS a perpetual campaign stop. Republicans, Democrats, it doesn't matter. Everyone is fighting for airtime. Radio, television, print media depend on conflict. So, everything is fair game. The solution, the people, only to need to work on our memory more.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  173. HOUSTON

    FOREGIN POLICY Jack, it seems like your the only one who had a problem with the president visiting our troops

    May 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  174. Tom from Des Moines

    Of course it was in part a campaign stop. It's what candidates do. George W Bush landed on an aircraft carrier for heaven's sake. As to the strident, disrespectful tone of your comments for a moment I thought I was watching FOX News. Lighten up, Jack.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  175. gandoman

    1. The trip was planned in advance.
    2. Why not on a day of heightened security because of the anniversary date.
    3. The GOP NAZI PARTY would call the following campaign stops.
    Obama picking his kids up from school.
    Obama stopping for lunch at a fast food restaurant.
    Obama attending a sporting event.
    Obama inviting 'anyone' to the White House.
    Obama giving a speech.
    Obama going to the toilet is actually a campaign stop also.....
    Because when he walks away, he has taken a Mitt & wiped his Palin with some GOP paper.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  176. Richard

    You know Jack, you can complain all you want, but I admire the way the President is dealing with this issue. Just look at all that he inherited, including two unnecessary and unwinnable wars! The folks on the far left want us to disengage because of moral values. Those on the far right, because of the drain on the budget. The previous administration was power hungry (war mongers) in an archaic hawkish, macho sense which fed the military industrial complex, in the attempt to invade to create democracies. Obama is shrewd but fair-minded and has to appeal to everyone on all sides while he winds down this unwanted and unwinable war. I am proud he went to address the troops on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. I am proud he doesn't want to appear to be abandoning the Afghans while he draws down the war and follows through on troop withdrawal. I am proud he wants to appeal to all the interest groups (except maybe John McCain) in the States. Bless this man! Richard in Costa Rica

    May 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  177. Edra

    The trip obviously had many purposes, and its political side was certainly much different from what George W. Bush (remembr the aircraft carrier and "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED?) and other presidents have done in the past. And, certainly he has every right to be proud of the fact that his administration had the expertise, ability, and determination to locate and eliminate Osama Bin-Laden. If W had achieved it, don't you think that the GOP would have crowed bout it? So, why is the media trying to make a big issue out of this visit? Visiting Afganistant right now is a security nightmare and he should be congratulated for the visit. Isn't there enough hard news without CNN trying to make an issue out of this multi-purpose visit?

    May 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  178. Diana Barbados

    The President still has a job to do until January 2013. With every action the President now takes Republicans and their supporters are looking for a politcal motive. They seem to be running scared with their weak candidate Romney. Perhaps if they could come up with credible ways of doing things differently they would stop clutching at every straw.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  179. Linda in Arizona

    Sinister? Stunt? Cheesy? Sand pile? Gee, Jack, tell us how you really feel. Afghanistan may not be up to your high standards for "civilized nations", but they didn't ask us to invade their country. We did that all on our own, and for the flimsiest of reasons. Since then, we have made it a living hell for everyone who lives there. Is it any wonder Karzai's body language (sounds like you've been watching too much Fox) might be somewhat less than friendly? While we're on the subject of cheap stunts, can anyone forget "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED", with the flight suit and the bulging crotch? Puleeze. Obama is a politician. What did you expect, real statesmanship? Of COURSE he's a liar and a shameless phony. Find someone in DC who isn't. I would think you, of all people, since you harp on it constantly, would know that. You sound like a high-school student whose illusions have been cruelly shattered. Time to grow up. Our "leaders" are not nice people. So go ahead and vote for the Mormon plutocrat. See if you like those results any better.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  180. HOUSTON

    Jack, are you a political advisor for Romney? You always ask questions that attack the president

    May 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  181. Jerry Carter

    Jack,

    Throughout the 2008 elections and his first term, you and the Republicans and the Tea Party have accused Obama of being soft on terrorist, Mitt Romney included as he has campaigned. When he has done what Bush could not, he was reserved about the result, but the opposition party continues to lambast him for his foreign policy. Spike the ball? Heck yeah and I think Obama has spiked the Tea Party’s drink as well! Now you and the Tea Party and the Republicans are now saying it is politics. In an election year, what isn’t politics? Obama inherited the debacle which is Afghanistan and has an obligation to withdraw without running out and returning that country to terrorists. Are you seriously suggesting that our being there is something Obama wants? I doubt it. And you and I know that if we were to simply cut and run, there would be an outcry from everyone regarding would the losses we have suffered in that war and how they be in vain if we did. Come guys, be real… you can’t have it both ways.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  182. Jerry Carter

    Throughout the 2008 elections and his first term, you and the Republicans and the Tea Party have accused Obama of being soft on terrorist, Mitt Romney included as he has campaigned. When he has done what Bush could not, he was reserved about the result, but the opposition party continues to lambast him for his foreign policy. Spike the ball? Heck yeah and I think Obama has spiked the Tea Party’s drink as well! Now you and the Tea Party and the Republicans are now saying it is politics. In an election year, what isn’t politics? Obama inherited the debacle which is Afghanistan and has an obligation to withdraw without running out and returning that country to terrorists. Are you seriously suggesting that our being there is something Obama wants? I doubt it. And you and I know that if we were to simply cut and run, there would be an outcry from everyone regarding would the losses we have suffered in that war and how they be in vain if we did. Come guys, be real… you can’t have it both ways.

    Rocky Mount, NC

    May 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  183. HOUSTON

    JACK, CAN YOU DO A BETTER JOB AS PRESIDENT?
    It's easy to sit on the side line and judge if your not in the game!

    May 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  184. mane

    Are you kidding me Jack? You just can't hide your disdain for this president. Obama will not stop being president because of the November elections. I wish he had visited a submarine in a navy uniform.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  185. Florian

    Jack, I believe the media is trying to make a story out of even the most normal and basic thing that politicians do especially the president. He went to Afghanistan to sign an important agreement and in the meantime made a speech to not only Americans but also the rest of the world about what the future in that country will be like...and you and whoever else is trying to make it look like he was being disingenuous just because he went there on Bin Laden's anniversary!!! So what that he went on that day, doesn't he deserve some credit for what he did? This sounds like the same manipulative swift boat tactic used against John Kerry who was a war hero. Who is disingenuous now???

    May 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  186. Chris Johnson MN

    Ugh....political! I was always taught if you don't vote you can't complain about what you think is right or wrong in this country! Seems to be today though whether you vote or not, your vote doesn't really count. One party has a super majority for over 2 years and can't pass a budget, the other is swept into office because they didn't listen and now neither party seems to listen. My bet is next week, Obama will again say republicans have radical fiscal policy, all the while his party still hasn't produced one budget to fund the folks who did the leg work so he could pick up the phone to 86 BinLaden. Bafoons! All of em!

    May 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  187. Dave

    Why wouldn't it be – all this President has done is campaign from day 1. Of course, his record does make that difficult now.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  188. Mary R.

    While there is a lot Obama can be criticized for, this trip ain't one of them. The visit from the Commander in Chief was a morale booster for the troops and while we'd all love to be out of Afghanistan we can't repeat the mistake we made when the Soviets were driven out of the country and we turned our backs. If we do that right now we'll just end up with another Al Queda training camp and sooner or later another attack here. A measured withdrawal and a small advisory and training team left in place for awhile will help prevent that from happening. I also think Obama needs to tout his foreign policy wins. He's done a lousy job domestically, but he's had a number of wins in foreign policy and his decisions have looked to the long term, not just the short term. The decision to go after bin Laden took guts as it could have ended disastrously and that would have been the end of his presidency. He's also eliminated a good number of Al Queda leadership and our allies like us again. Our foes never will.

    As for the marine recently discharged it's against military law to criticize the commander in chief in uniform or representing oneself as military personnel online, it had nothing to do with politics. He was warned 3 times. There was at least one similar discharge during the Bush administration. You don't criticized the boss.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  189. Robert

    From what i remember seeing on cnn, He refered to the showing of the death photos of killing Bin Laden as spiking the football. Watch, if Romney wins the election he'll show the world the photos and try to take credit for it.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  190. J Gunther

    Jack, I use to enjoy your comments on CNN but for the last year all you seem to do is twist everything Pres. Obama does. It sounds like you are on the GOP payroll and have lost all perspective about the truth. If you honestly think that the GOP is doing anything positive for this country then you must be living on some other planet then the rest of us. This is a very important time for alll of us and I think that you should really think before you spout any more of the poison you have been spreading for the last few months. I am an independent voter but I feel the you have really gone overboard to criticize the President. Considering what he inherited, and that totally unbelievable GOP congress he has had to deal with, he has done an unbelievable job dealing with the international situations , the 2 stupid wars, and the Party of NO. It would be really nice to hear you be positive for once instead of slamming the President every time you open your mouth.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  191. Bob in Eugene

    If there was any "chest pounding", it was necessary to counteract the disinformation campaign by Republican politicians. A year ago they said that the Bush Administration made the Bin Laden killing possible. Then they said that Obama wasn't really involved in the mission and now they say that any president would have made the same decision.

    If you read the step by step history of the operation in this week's Time magazine, you will conclude that all these comments were incorrect. Can we stop the partisan bickering and look at the facts?

    May 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  192. Roland West

    Who cares? Anything the President does is going to be viewed as political as we draw near the election. Jack, it seems to me you've overdosed on cynicism and really need to take some chill pills. Americans want out of Afghanistan, hell we want out of Japan, Korea, Germany, etc. where we still have bases, troops, and spend an enormous amount of tax money to maintain (our biggest social program)...The commander in chief went to praise our troops, seems like a normal thing to me.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  193. misty shores

    I thought he said we were getting out of there??? Why did he just go over and sign us up for another 10?

    May 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  194. Greg Rockford, IL

    What was a cheap stunt was George Bush declaring "Mission Accomplished" and then wasting money in Iraq for the rest of his presidency without accomplishing anything. A little perspective here.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  195. Paul

    For the past few months, everything Barry has done is cold blooded, calculated politics! The President going to a foreign country which is historically a combat zone to sign an agreement to seek an agreement? Come on. Sure Presidents sign treaties and similar compacts with foreign countries, but only after the grunt work is done and the agreement in final form, but an agreement to seek an agreement....pure shameless posturing. As many are saying, he certainly can't run on his dismal record, so as usual its back to the smoke and mirrors. By the way, my wife asked me to note that she'll continue to tune in to your program if CNN now forces you to FOX. Good job. Keep saying it like it is.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  196. carey georgas

    It's called the incumbent's advantage. Every stop is a campaign stop. Signing an agreement with the president of another country is certainly a valid reason for the chief executive to go, exclusive of politics. But every time he shows his face between now and November, there's no way to separate policy from politics. Did Bush II milk the bully pulpit for all it was worth? Duh.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  197. Mission Accomplished

    I didn't hear you whining when George W. Bush landed on the aircraft carrier. Quit whining about the President finally having the opportunity to show the world what a liar and a loser Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republicans are. Go do your job and stop wasting your five minute segments trying to delegitimize America's foreign policy gains just because the Tea Party Express bought you dinner.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  198. Bob, Des Moines, IA

    Politics is a boxing ring. You cant always play defence and cant be on offence all the time. It has to be both and Obama is playing it very well. You can be upset on Obama all you want, but just remember those Bush years, you will start feeling so good......

    May 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  199. Joseph

    Jack, it's not a campaign move for the president running on his record, it's a reminder to the American people that he's a democratic president showing his military experience. When bin laden was taken out by the Navy Seal they've collected a lot of evidence on flash drives and other mediums. Which would suggests plots of attacks on U's Americans and the where shouts of the remaining alameda members. So if the president feels we are within reach of shutting them down perminantly than I trust his decision, even if it means another ten years. Alameda is on the run.....Jp

    May 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  200. Not Surprising

    Jack,

    The fact that it is a question at all – be it when a Republican or a Democrat is in the White House – speaks to how people feel about the integrity of our leadership.

    Bill, Folly Beach, SC

    May 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  201. aelarsen

    if obama wanted this to be a campaign stop he should have announced the immediate withdrawal of troops

    May 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm |