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    President Barack Obama chats with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during the start of a dinner at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 28, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    halstatt1, Erick Claytor Photography, and 35 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. THROUGH_HAWAIIAN_EYES 49 months ago | reply

      Keep up the great photos Pete!
      This photo below is for you.
      Aloha from Hawaii,
      Moanalani :)

      To all Pete Souza's fans:
      www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/03/obama_at_work_glimps...

      Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and Magic Island

    2. "Olga" 49 months ago | reply

      Nice moment!

    3. -fCh- 49 months ago | reply

      Yup, we need to get gentlemanly out! And bring the face with us...

    4. BlueisCoool 49 months ago | reply

      It is Fantastic to see these two great leaders together.

      Thanks to Pete Souza for this wonderful Capture !

      Red Wonder

    5. Dillweed65 49 months ago | reply

      Thanks for posting this shot.

    6. janmcq 49 months ago | reply

      i would love to see a picture of him breaking bread with Netanyahu, also.

    7. Blue387 49 months ago | reply

      It looks like naan bread.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naan

      If I had my way, I'd offer to buy up and destroy Afghan poppy crops in exchange for growing other crops like potatoes. Potatoes are better to grow and are more useful than poppies.

    8. AidaGagnier 49 months ago | reply

      thanks to the WH for sharing these photos on Flickr. I am so amazed that we are given a virtual front seat to modern day history.

    9. retro-redux 49 months ago | reply

      Great photo Mr Souza.

    10. Unalienable Rights by GOD- not Executive Order 49 months ago | reply

      Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
      George Washington

    11. BlueJessamine 49 months ago | reply

      Hi I am BlueJessamine.

      Daily I repost White House photos at Daily Kos.

      A few of my fellow kossacks are wondering what President Obama was served in this photo?

    12. Blue387 49 months ago | reply

      Daily Kos, I used to hang out there.

    13. -fCh- 49 months ago | reply

      walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/03/29/obamas_afghan_dro...

      "First, announce an escalation of the U.S. effort (aka a "surge"), but set a rough deadline for it and quietly put new emphasis on "political reconciliation." (Done). Next, bombard the media with lots of evidence of progress, such as Taliban "strongholds" seized, al Qaeda leaders killed or captured, Taliban leaders arrested in Pakistan, etc., so that people think the surge is working. (Now underway). Third, arrange a diplomatic settlement that requires the phased withdrawal of U.S./ISAF troops, even if their departure is on a rather lengthy timetable. The Iraqi equivalent was the Status of Forces agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in the fall of 2008; in Afghanistan, it would probably entail some sort of negotiation between the Karzai government, the Taliban, and various other warlords (whether by a loya jirga) or some other device (Maybe underway too?). Finally, start removing the "surged" forces more-or-less on schedule-and ahead of the 2012 election cycle-so that you can claim to have avoided the quagmire that critics warned about back in 2009 (Remains to be seen).

      I have no idea if this is what Obama or his team are actually planning -- or maybe just hoping for -- but at this stage it is offers the best chance of avoiding an open-ended commitment there. Part of the trick is to keep sounding resolute and determined even while you're (quietly) looking for an exit, and as someone who remains unconvinced that the Afghan campaign is worth the costs, I'll continue to hope that this is what is really going on."

    14. Paulo Bico 49 months ago | reply

      Great moment :D

    15. zincink 49 months ago | reply

      check out those white gloves

    16. -fCh- 49 months ago | reply

      March 29, 2010
      Afghan Leader Is Seen to Flout Influence of U.S.
      By DEXTER FILKINS and MARK LANDLER

      KABUL, Afghanistan — This month, with President Hamid Karzai looking ahead to a visit to the White House, he received a terse note from aides to President Obama: Your invitation has been revoked.

      The reason, according to American officials, was Mr. Karzai’s announcement that he was emasculating an independent panel that had discovered widespread fraud in Mr. Karzai’s re-election last year.

      Incensed, Mr. Karzai extended an invitation of his own — to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, who flew to Kabul and delivered a fiery anti-American speech inside Afghanistan’s presidential palace.

      “Karzai was enraged,” said an Afghan with knowledge of the events, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the issue. “He invited Ahmadinejad to spite the Americans.”

      The dispute was smoothed over only this week, when Mr. Obama flew to Kabul for a surprise dinner with Mr. Karzai. White House officials emphasized that the most important purpose of Mr. Obama’s trip to Afghanistan was to visit American troops there. More at: www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/world/asia/30karzai.html?hpw=&...

      Here's what the top-rated readers comments were:

      Bill
      MA
      March 30th, 2010
      12:18 am
      Well, this new, best-of-all-possible-worlds war "strategy" is working out great, eh?

      Of course, we silly citizens are not supposed to pay attention to complicated realities like the fact that President Karzai and the government of Afghanistan are both permanently corrupt.

      No, we're just supposed to get in line and cheer President Obama's war-drum-thumping, permanent-war-promoting speech to our soldiers. To whom he promised the very best care for their coming traumatic brain injuries and life-and-family-destroying PTSD. Yeah. Thanks, buddy!

      Oh, we're also supposed to marvel at his leather presidential bomber jacket and how cool that is. Shiny! Fancy! Oooohhhh! It's like he's the president in some cool Hollywood movie!

      Troops home now. Not next fall, not next summer, not in 2012. Right now.
      Recommend Recommended by 79 Readers
      4.
      Gidview
      Los Angeles
      March 30th, 2010
      12:18 am
      Cut off the money, that will get Karzai's attention. If that doesn't do it, pull out completely and let him take his chances with the Taliban.
      Recommend Recommended by 56 Readers
      13.
      Rudolph
      New York, NY
      March 30th, 2010
      12:19 am
      Karzai is a very clever fox. Americans get killed shooting the Taliban, while being despised by the locals, Akmadinejad adds fuel to the fire and having a ball obviously, then Obama flies all the way there cap in hand, and Karzai is re-invited to Washington DC. And the winner is .... I fell very sorry for our soldiers there - getting killed or being blinded for life while being laughed at by the locals is no picnic.
      Recommend Recommended by 52 Readers
      11.
      HIGHLIGHT (what's this?)
      Jeff N.
      California
      March 30th, 2010
      12:18 am
      It's a crime to knowingly send Americans to die for this guy and his cronies -- not to mention all the deaths of Afghan civilians. The escalation was quite a cynical political gambit by Obama -- they know what Karzai is about. How about using the cash (er, I mean loan from China) and manpower for "homeland security" as well as infrastructure, in the "homeland." I guess with defense contractors in every Congressional district we have to perpetuate wars and inane levels of spending to destroy.
      Recommend Recommended by 52 Readers
      2.
      Gary Cohn
      New York, NY
      March 30th, 2010
      12:18 am
      We had the same problem with our puppet, Diem, in Vietnam in 1963. The CIA took care of that, and gosh, didn't that work out well!

      We can't seem to get it right in Afghanistan. In 2002 we should have sent EVERYONE there, overwhelming sudden force, total destruction of Al Queda and the Taliban, followed by very, very careful restructuring to make sure Afghanistan never became a nest of terrorists again. Instead, well...we all know what we did instead.

      So now here's this bind. Karzai, a fraud from the get-go, is the only horse we've got to back there. It's not going to work out well.

      Our options in Afghanistan are all unpalatable. The big push we're currently trying won't accomplish anything without a realistic plan for the aftermath...one with limited goals. What is our vision for Afghanistan when we reach that Lone Ranger moment and pronounce, "Our work here is done"? When do we know we've "won"? In Vietnam the time came when we certainly knew we'd lost. The same time came for the Russians in Afghanistan. So where's the clear definition of success? What do we want to accomplish there? President Obama has said that Afghanistan was the "right" war and Iraq was the "wrong" one. I absolutely agree with him...if it's 2002 again. But what's our clearcut goal in Afghanistan now? And how do we reach it with Karzai in charge? Maybe it's time to call in the CIA...oh, wait...that's where I started this comment.

    17. ObamaFan4 49 months ago | reply

      300 million people count the USA.The world is 6800 Million
      so less then 4 percent work against terror in Afghanistan.

      Let China or India with mass people solve the problem there.

      And we leave:dutch army,sorry your on your own now.

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