President Obama has made a surprise trip to the country of Afghanistan, as reported by the Guardian. He left the White House Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 and arrived Friday, Dec. 3. The visit was heavily kept under wraps to make sure the President was as safe as possible. If people had been alerted, then terrorists in the country could have plotted something to disrupt his visit.
The President went to the country in order to express his gratitude to those troops who are risking their lives and being away from their families for the holidays. The War in Afghanistan began about nine years ago and troops are still stationed in the country.
Afghanistan has been a hard country to deal with because of the IEDs and other surprise attacks that have been aimed at the troops there. The Taliban has a tight hold on the country, and many people are afraid to defy them and not become involved in terrorist networks.
There will be a review conducted soon on the Afghanistan War and how well the troops are meeting their directives. The President was going to travel to Kabul to meet with the country’s president, Hamid Karzai. However, the weather did not agree with the idea, so the meeting will happen between the two presidents via a video conference. Obama needs Karzai’s help in order to help strengthen US-Afghanistan ties so that more can be done in the country to prevent further terrorist attacks.
The country was forever changed after the events of September 11, 2001. More than 3,000 people perished on that day, and the nation has needed to direct more of its attention and resources to fighting possible terrorist threats. This includes whole body scanners at airports and more patrols of the nation’s ports and waterways.
After the events of terrorism in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C., former President George W. Bush implemented the Department of Homeland Security. It works to investigate tips of possible terrorist cells, monitor intelligence and chatter, and patrol areas that might be targets for terrorists. President Obama will be returning to the United States in the next few days and will continue on with addressing tax issues and other items that are on his agenda.