Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan, Amid WikiLeaks Drama
December 3, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)— President Obama secretly left Washington, DC yesterday for a surprise trip to Afghanistan. The President will remain at Bagram Air Field for about three-hours to thank the troops for their service in the bloody conflict. According to the White House, Obama will not travel to Kabul to meet with President Hamid Karzai, because of inclement weather.
President Obama arrives in Afghanistan days before a report will appear on his desk assessing the nearly year-long surge in troops to fight against the increasing insurgency. Also, newly leaked WikiLeaks cables, providing further details of the corruption of the Karzai government are adding an element of drama to the visit.
MSNBC reporters have been speculating on-air that the Obama administration may be purposely avoiding a personal visit with Karzai due to the WikiLeaks revelations. But that’s unlikely, trips like these, under tight security, are planned well in advance.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, confirmed travel to Kabul was impossible due to heavy wind conditions, saying the canceled meeting with Karzai has nothing to do with WikiLeaks.
The Washington Post reports on the surprise trip:
“The White House said rough weather forced the president to abruptly scrap his plans to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul. The White House determined the wind, dust and cloud cover made it unsafe for the president to fly by helicopter from the huge military complex here to the presidential palace.”
“Obama instead will have a secure video conference with Karzai from Bagram Air Field and will not go to Kabul, where he was to have had a working dinner with the Afghan leader.”
Photo Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza