Well Timed Surprise Visit
President Obama’s unexpected, undercover, hush-hush visit to Afghanistan on the eve of Osama Bin Laden’s first death anniversary has sent a strong signal to many players predicting what a post-2014 Afghanistan will look like. Choosing the moment carefully, President Obama’s visit was not only aimed at showcasing American commitment to not abandon the country as it did when the Soviets withdrew but to also send a strong, confident signal back home, that the President is ready to return to the Oval office for a second term.
While in Afghanistan, the President met with American troops and reiterated U.S strength and commitment to fight- ing the war and bringing its troops back home in 2014. He also met with Afghan President Karzai, with whom he signed a strategic pact illustrating American reassurances that the country will not be abandoned and also guaranteeing America’s continued economic and de- velopment aid.
Recent incidents have put a toll on the bilateral relationship but this particular visit quelled any suspicions of Washington’s intentions. Pacifying the Afghan people, promising the Afghan government a future security arrangement and illustrating to the American nation, U.S strength and commitment, President Obama’s visit to Afghanistan was timed perfectly and achieved enough.
The visit will enable the President to attend the upcoming NATO Summit, scheduled for May 20, with more confidence and an understanding of a new and more engaged bilateral relationship in the works.