Obama signs pullout agreement with Afghan President Karzai

Obama AfghanistanPresident Obama made a closely guarded visit to Afghanistan to sign a pullout agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to define the role of U.S. troops after the end of combat operations in 2014.

The trip was kept a secret, with the Drudge Report asking “Where’s Obama?” and the White House denying rumors.

The president plans to deliver an address to the nation Tuesday evening, which also marks the ninth anniversary of President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech about the Iraq invasion.

The agreement says that the United States will continue to provide military advisers and other aid after U.S. combat troops leave.

Obama’s appearance in Afghanistan comes in the aftermath of criticism from the people on the left and the right attacking a seven-minute video touting the president’s role, suggesting that Mitt Romney would not have done anything. This led opponents to accuse the president of “spiking the football”, something he said he would not do after Osama bin Laden was killed a year ago.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Obama’s 2008 rival slammed the video, saying that any sitting president – even Jimmy Carter – would have done the same thing to bin Laden, instead choosing to highlight his refusal to intervene on behalf of pro-democracy protesters in Iran in 2009.

Even Arianna Huffington, foundress of the reliably liberal Huffington Post, denounced the ad as “despicable”.

“I think its one thing to celebrate the fact that htye did such a great job (with television specials). All that is perfectly legitimate. But to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do,” Huffington told CBS This Morning.

Huffington went on to say Obama’s actions prove Hillary Rodham Clinton’s claim he wasn’t ready for the “3 a.m. phone call” .

His effort to highlight his success getting bin Laden comes at a time when the American public’s faith in his job performance holds at under 50 percent.

“Obama may have travelled to Afghanistan for the same reason he has been talking about a year old decision to kill Bin Laden—to focus on anything other than the economy,” Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, told Red Alert Politics. “Or Obama maybe in Afghanistan visiting the $1 trillion the U.S. has spent in a country with a GDP of $14 trillion.”

Terror expert Steven Emerson, who heads the Investigative Project on Terrorism, says that the Obama administration doesn’t get the real problem, which goes beyond bin Laden – namely radical Islamic theology.

Obama is blinded by political correctness and refuses to acknowledge that a violent interpretation of Islam is responsible for the threat to national security, according to Emerson.

The administration has forbidden talk about radical Islam and has engaged in dialog with the Muslim Brotherhood even though it has given birth to al-Qaida and every other Sunni Muslim terror group.

“The problem since then is that the people who have been arrested since [the bin Laden killing] are not members of al-Qaida but subscribe to radical Islamic theology,” Emerson said.

Of the 26 Muslim terror suspects apprehended last year, only four had al-Qaida ties based on Emerson’s research.

Updated to include Islamic terror suspect statistics.

Comments

Polititainment

Secret Service once threatened Mr. Met's life

Mr. Met sure has a lot of fans in New York. But the larger-than-life mascot definitely doesn't have one in the Secret Service, who threatened to shoot and kill him if he approached President Bill Clinton, according to a firsthand account.

Jill Biden on Joe: "I fell in love with the boys first"

Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden didn't marry Vice President Joe Biden for his sense of humor -- instead, she "fell in love" with his two sons first.

Joe Biden's first Instagram photo

Ladies and gentlemen of this great nation, rejoice! Vice President Joe Biden has joined Instagram -- and his first post is everything you ever dreamed it would be.

Celebrate Tax Day with this ditty

What better way to celebrate curse Tax Day than with a little toe-tapping, finger-snapping ditty that perfectly describes how we all feel about the Internal Revenue Service?

Joy Behar roasts Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) may need some ice for a few burns he sustained from former "The View" host Joy Behar, as the comedian delivered an awkward roast of the 2016 presidential hopeful.

White House

Jay Carney: “Never been a more transparent administration”

Despite consistent objections by journalists that the White House overly restricts press access, Press Secretary Jay Carney believes that there has "never been a more transparent administration."

Jay Carney: Toughest interview for Obama in 2012 was with Jon Stewart

Give comedian Jon Stewart a gold star sticker. The host of The Daily Show was President Barack Obama's toughest interviewer during the 2012 election cycle, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.

The most powerful selfie in the world

Joe Biden — he's just like you, and he takes selfies, too.

Obama: Republicans a threat to the right to vote

President Barack Obama slammed Republicans on Friday for supporting voter identification law and labeled the GOP as a threat to the right to vote.

Republicans renew fight against Obamacare as Sebelius resigns

FOX NEWS -- Republicans responded to news of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation from the Obama administration on Thursday with fresh calls to repeal the president's health care law.

Read more at FOX News.

Congress

Rep Black: GOP budget makes a path to a bright future

Our nation is $17.4 trillion in debt and out of control Washington spending has no end in sight. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that on our current trajectory we will return to $1 trillion annual budget deficits by the year 2022.

Cruz: Impeach Holder

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pulled no punches when criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, as he called on Congress to impeach the Department of Justice head.

Pelosi: GOP not acting on immigration because of race

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pulled the race card when speaking about Republicans' inaction in passing comprehensive immigration reform and said "race has something to do" with the GOP not bringing such legislation to the House floor.

House passes Ryan's budget plan

The House on Thursday passed a 10-year Republican spending plan drafted by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

Read more at The Washington Examiner.

Harry Reid's Koch-fueled meltdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been in a Koch-fueled rage, seizing moments left and right (mostly from the left) to bash Charles and David Koch.