Obama Makes Surprise Visit To Kabul Afghanistan

I'm glad, now maybe the commanders on the ground can ask him why he dithered for 93 days after General McChrystal requested more troops...

I would have to say, brilliant move yesterday, making 15 recess appointments right before you leave for Afghanistan knowing that tomorrow's arrival in Kabul would trump yesterday's news. That's Clintonesque...

President Obama has landed at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan for a surprise visit to that country.

U.S. Army soldiers return fire accross an opium poppy field after Taliban insurgents attacked their unit, in this March 14, 2010 file photo at Howz-e-Madad in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.
(John Moore/Getty Images)This is Obama's first trip to Afghanistan as commander-in-chief, though he visited once as a senator, on July 19, 2008, during the presidential general election.

Obama made a surprise and secret visit to Baghdad last April and addressed U.S. troops at Camp Victory.

Today, Obama is scheduled to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and members of the Afghan cabinet and to address U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base.

After a lengthy strategy review last fall, Obama announced in December that he was ordering a troop surge in Afghanistan to target insurgents and secure key areas here.
CNN reports that Obama left for the trip around 10:30p.m.Eastern last night, here's a report from AP