Obama Drops In on US Troops in Afghanistan
Surprise visit his 4th; won't meet with Karzai in clear snub
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 25, 2014 11:28 AM CDT
This May 2, 2012 file photo shows President Obama addressing troops at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.   (Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness today for a weekend visit with US troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war. Air Force One landed at Bagram Air Field, the main US base in Afghanistan, after an overnight flight from Washington. Obama was scheduled to spend just a few hours on the base and had no plans to travel to Kabul to meet with Hamid Karzai, in a clear sign that the White House already has discounted the Afghan president as a worthwhile partner.

This was Obama's fourth visit to Afghanistan as president, but his first since winning re-election in 2012. He was expected to be briefed by US commanders in Afghanistan, speak to troops at Bagram and visit injured troops being treated at a base hospital. As is typical of recent presidential trips to war zones, the White House did not announce Obama's visit in advance. Media traveling with Obama for the 13-hour flight had to agree to keep the trip secret until the president arrived at the air base.

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May 30, 2014 12:46 PM CDT
Nothing our president does comes as a surprise anymore, but when he uses our troops, still stationed in Afghanistan, for nothing more than a photo-op to deflect from his abysmal neglect of veterans here at home, it’s beyond shameful! I wonder, did he really think that we’d swallow that little bit of theater? Does he really think the American people are that stupid? Answer – Well of course he does! There is more shocking news regarding the VA scandal coming out every single day now. But boy, howdy….didn’t he look great putting that wreath on the tomb of the Unknowns on Memorial Day? If I was one of those “low information voters,” I would almost swear that he really does care about our nation’s finest. Thank God I’m not that stupid! The president to tell America he knew nothing about the problems within the VA is also insulting.More disturbing news has surfaced about the neglect by the VA. This time it comes from Los Angele's County, where the dead bodies of at least 60 veterans have been left in the LA county morgue for almost a year and a half without being processed and given a burial with honors that they deserve.This past Thursday, the LA County Coroner’s Office was asked why the bodies had not yet received a proper burial after a source indicated there may have been as many as 60 veterans at the morgue for the past year and a half. The morgue says the bodies were unclaimed and they don’t know how long the veterans were there.The law states veterans are supposed to receive a proper burial. The Veterans Administration says they were never notified the bodies were processed and ready to be buried. The LA County Morgue and the Veteran’s Administration were blaming each other for the mistake. I would have given almost anything to have listened to that conversation. The Obama administration’s neglect of my fellow veterans is beyond insulting. But what the heck folks, what’s one more scandal to these people? How many more times will our president act “outraged” and promise to get to the bottom of things and not do a darn thing? The White House and the DOJ have done everything they can to impede any investigations ranging from Operation Fast And Furious up to and including this latest scandal involving the Veterans Administration. I’ll tell you what I’m grateful for; I thank God that I have a family that cares about me. I’m also grateful that my wife and I have already paid for our cemetery plot. I shudder to think what would happen to my remains if I didn’t have a family, or if I had to depend on the VA to provide me with a timely burial. Would my body be left to rot in a county morgue like those men?
Chris Farley
May 28, 2014 10:43 AM CDT
The military cannot stand this person. gutsy to go there, even if only for votes.
May 27, 2014 3:59 PM CDT
And now Obama says they are going to be there awhile.