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BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- On a surprise visit to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to bring America's longest war to a "responsible end" by the close of the year. He promised a decision soon on keeping a small contingent of troops to help protect gains made over nearly 13 years of combat.

He told troops at this sprawling military base that the war had reached a pivotal point, with Afghan forces assuming primary responsibility for their country's security. By 2015, many of the 32,800 American forces now in Afghanistan will depart.

"For many of you, this will be your last tour in Afghanistan," Obama said as hundreds of U.S. troops inside an airplane hangar erupted in applause. "America's war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end."

Obama secretly slipped in Afghanistan under the cover of darkness for his first trip to the war zone since 2012.

Obama was spending just a few hours on the base and had no plans to go to Kabul, the capital, to meet with Hamid Karzai, the mercurial president who has had a tumultuous relationship with the White House.

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  • Reason
    May 25, 2014 at 3:46 p.m.

    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette continues to edit and censor the news. That is why I cancelled my subscription several months ago. I still have access to come articles and to some comment threads but mainly restricted from the opinion section.
    A couple of things that I noticed while reading this article that it edited out that this is Obama's 4 visit to Afghanistan and while he was there he also visited with our wounded at base hospital. I notice this because I have already read USA Today, Washington Post, NY Times....
    Stop this media censorship! Our military men and women fight for our country while others play politics for money and power.
    God Bless our veterans. Mr. President, bring them home!

  • HM2
    May 25, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.

    U.S.A. Today. Washington post,New York Times. Ha! three of the most liberal, socialist, commie rags in the news paper world. nothing in their pages remotely resembles the truth. Circulation in all three of these publications is so bad that two of them had to cease their print versions.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    May 25, 2014 at 7:10 p.m.

    HM2 ... I see you do not understand Media Marketing, when a rag, as well as this one as you put it, ceases to have a print version, what that says is "The subscribers are of sufficient intelligence, that they prefer an updated, progressive technology of getting their news, as opposed to an archaic, old style yesterdays technology. Based on that it will be many years before this rag will be able to opt out of print versions. It's subscriber base it just not literate enough to operate a computer.

  • RonalFos
    May 25, 2014 at 7:18 p.m.

    Sorry, there is no responsible end for a mission that should have never happened. That whole country isn't worth the life of a single US service man or woman. It will fall back in to misery as soon as we leave - a misery it has earned and deserves.

  • cliffcarson
    May 25, 2014 at 7:21 p.m.

    Afghanistan became a battleground when the Afghan Government signed a pipeline agreement with Russia. The U S Oil Consortium didn't like that at all because they have lusted for control of a pipeline thru Afghanistan from the Caspian Sea ( Think Crimea - know why the US and NATO overthrew the elected Government of Ukraine and installed the current occupiers of Kiev?).
    The US decided to make the Afghan Government an offer they couldn't refuse - so Afghanistan reneged on their Russia Deal and signed one with the US. Madder than a wet hornet Russia invaded Kabul and replaced the Afghan Government with their own lap dogs. This is how the US got the Panama Canal.
    The U S came up with the propaganda about the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and financed a Proxy war against the Soviets. They formed Arab Muslim resistance against "Godless" Russia and the Mujaheddin was born. One of their most prominent leaders was a Saudi named Osama Bin Laden. He fought well for the US against Russia. Risked his life everyday for the US.
    But the US ginned up a false Flag War against Kuwait to get back at another Mid-East puppet US Dictator when he failed to win a war against Iran who the Military Complex and Big Oil wanted to open a new profit stream. Osama Bin Laden had promised a war against the US if they established a Military Base on Saudi soil to handle operations in Kuwait. Are you keeping a score card? Who is the baddest most evil presence in the Middle East?
    Afghanistan should strive to keep that Multi Trillions of dollars worth of Lithium deposits discovered in Afghanistan. Afghanistan signed a deal with China for those deposits - the U S Corporations want the deposits. Look for another war sooner than later.

  • 000
    May 26, 2014 at 12:43 a.m.

    Very nice. Plenty of room for controversy.

  • Populist
    May 26, 2014 at 6:47 a.m.


    You are delusional. We get print versions of the Post and the Times every day. I see the print version of USA Today in newstands all the time.

  • Duhig
    May 26, 2014 at 8:10 a.m.

    Well, HM2 just gave away the secret code for many of the conservatives on this site. It is simply, "live in a bubble and make it the way you want it to be". Facts do not count with that group.

  • 000
    May 26, 2014 at 10:02 a.m.

    You think the proglibs are any different, duh? One could post 20 references to back up one's argument, and the proglibs on this forum would blow it off and keep on yakkin'. There is no real difference between a liberal pobucker and a conservative pobucker. Pobuckers abound upon the face of the earth and within their pobuckery is much conceit. LOL@AllYouPobuckers

  • djigoo
    May 26, 2014 at 10:24 a.m.

    The annoying gimmick was old months ago.