President Obama addressed the nation from Afghanistan May 1, claiming victory over al Qaeda and touting a new agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai keeping U.S. troops in combat in the nation for at least two more years. The executive agreement also includes a decade-long commitment of U.S. troops and foreign aid to the nation.
President Obama began the address with a claim that the U.S. had all but defeated al Qaeda in Afghanistan, claiming “the tide has turned. We broke the Taliban’s momentum. We’ve built strong Afghan security forces. We devastated al Qaeda’s leadership, taking out over 20 of their top 30 leaders.
So, mission accomplished, right? Time for the troops to come home to their families?
Wrong, and wrong again.
Obama still has more war left to fight, exclaiming “there will be difficult days ahead. The enormous sacrifices of our men and women are not over. But tonight, I’d like to tell you how we will complete our mission and end the war in Afghanistan.”
Telling the nation that the U.S. military is still policing more than half of Afghanistan on a daily basis, Obama laid out the terms of continued sacrifice of the lives of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan for two more years:
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Photo: President Barack Obama delivers a speech from Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, May 2, 2012: AP Images