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The president saying we're -- and this war responsibly but the fact of the matter is we're gonna have combat troops in Afghanistan for at least another two.
Two and a half years and you see the president has now arrived back here in Washington at the White House after a very long flight from Afghanistan.
But we should note that the president was -- -- very direct with American troops on the ground in Afghanistan about admitting.
That it's not all.
A rosy scenario he said very directly to these troops some -- your buddies are still gonna get hurt.
Some -- your buddies are still gonna die.
Here on the ground Afghanistan we should -- nearly 2000 American men and women have died in Afghanistan over this more than a decade of war.
-- White House aides insist the real time.
Third secret trip to Afghanistan became commander chief.
Was about setting the table for the NATO summit he will host in his hometown of Chicago.
It just couple of weeks with a start making some of these tough decisions about troop levels it -- with key allies.
But they also admit.
That was the been a lot anniversary that was another factor in him going to Afghanistan and that's -- raised a lot of controversy among Republicans -- if you look at the near close this morning they've got this.
Cartoon almost of the president's spiking the ball the end zone accusing him of getting some sort of campaign -- out of this trip -- -- Republican senator James -- half no friend of this president also saying in a statement quote we've seen recently that President Obama has visited college campuses.
In an attempt to win back the support -- that age group since his loss -- over the last three years similarly this trip to Afghanistan is an attempt to shore up his national security credentials because he has spent the past three years.
Guiding our military that from Republican senator James an -- we should point out that Republican Senator John McCain.
Who has been a critic of this present a whole range of issues including attacking the president for have been a lot -- -- -- campaign put out late last week that really kicked off this whole controversy.
McCain put out a state -- yesterday.
Praising the president for traveling -- Afghanistan saying listening to commanders and troops on the ground is exactly what the president should be doing to.
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