It was like a scene out of a spy novel – President Obama made a fleeting, top-secret visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012 to meet with President Hamid Karzai, U.S. troops and to address the people of the United States from the war zone. All this on the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of Navy Seal Team 6.
Obama met with Karzai to sign a new strategic partnership agreement, which provides the framework for the U.S.-Afghanistan partnership after the draw-down of U.S. forces, from 2014-2024.
In addressing the nation from Bagram Air Base, President Obama declared that the U.S. can now “see the light of a new day on the horizon,” after a decade of war.
The president landed in Afghanistan under a cloak of secrecy late at night, staying just six hours, taking off again for Washington just after 4 a.m. the next morning.