“Speaking from a military base near Kabul after a brief, surprise night visit to Afghanistan on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama said that “we have a clear path to fulfill our mission in Afghanistan,” the New York Times reports.
Said Obama: “The goal that I set, to defeat Al Qaeda and deny it the chance to rebuild, is now within our reach.”
Mark Halperin: “There are are lot of substantive questions begged by the President’s speech and the agreement, especially the extent to which Karzai will be a reliable partner. But the politics of what was announced is wicked smart, and almost certainly gets Obama through November without Afghanistan being a political liability for him.”
Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire