Sandwiched between a week of outrage over Veterans Affairs mismanagement and a major foreign policy speech to West Point graduates Wednesday, President Barack Obama’s surprise trip to Afghanistan on Sunday included his pledge to lead “a responsible end” to all American combat operations there by year’s end.
Standing in a bomber jacket on stage at a rally with some of the 32,000 troops still stationed in the country, Obama told them that they would be coming home soon, with Afghan forces finally ready to take over responsibility and security.
“We’re at a pivotal moment,” Obama said. “For many of you, this will be your last tour in Afghanistan.”
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