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May 1st, 2012
10:49 PM ET

Bergen: Agreement between Obama and Karzai 'important milestone'

Peter Bergen, David Gergen, Ari Fleischer, Paul Begala and Gloria Borger explain their view on the greater significance of President Obama's Afghanistan trip.

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May 1st, 2012
10:45 PM ET

Secrecy and security for Obama's trip

Nick Paton Walsh and John King detail the tight security and secrecy practiced when accompanying the president to a dangerous war zone.

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May 1st, 2012
10:40 PM ET

Trust in the Afghan Security Forces?

Retired Maj. Gen. Spider Marks and Fran Townsend weigh the ability to have confidence in Afghan Security forces.

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May 1st, 2012
10:20 PM ET

President Obama's plan for Afghanistan

On the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, President Obama travels to Afghanistan to advance a 2014 withdrawal plan.


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May 1st, 2012
06:30 PM ET

Letters to the President #1198: 'A trip abroad'

Reporter's Note: I write to the president every day, no matter where he is.

Dear Mr. President,

Afghanistan? Why don’t you ever tell me that you’re going on these trips? You know it wouldn’t take me ten minutes to grab a bag and join you. So how’s it going? Jet lag can be hard enough to deal with, without possible rocket fire, so I hope you are taking care of yourself.

Just as importantly, I hope you have worked out an excellent speech for tonight explaining precisely why you made the trip. I realize that you signed a deal, but there is such a thing as FedEx for handling documents, and let me tell you, your most rabid critics here at home are howling on the Internet over the idea that this is just political grandstanding.

They are continuing the theme of the past few weeks, in that they believe this is fundamentally about a big tax payer funded photo op. Pretty much the same complaint they’ve made about your recent trips to battleground states here at home. In short, they believe this has precious little to do with foreign policy, and a lot to do with re-election posturing.

Interestingly enough, many of your Republican opponents in Congress are not on the list of grumblers right now. They seem to be willing to grant you the benefit of the doubt, noting that this is serious business and even if they harbored suspicions of political maneuverings it would not be right to raise such questions while you are overseas.

And to be sure, you also have many fans who are delighted that you made the trip.

Anyway, I just wanted to keep you up to date on some of what is happening at home.

Travel well and safely.

Regards,
Tom

Tonight on AC360: The President addresses the nation from Afghanistan
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May 1st, 2012
05:40 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: The President addresses the nation from Afghanistan

One year ago terror mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs during a raid on his Pakistan compound. Today in neighboring Afghanistan, President Obama signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the two countries during an unannounced visit. The agreement outlines cooperation between the U.S. and Afghanistan for the ten years following the 2014 withdrawal of most U.S. and allied troops.

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