suntimes
STEAMY 
Weather Updates

Obama: No ‘optimal point’ on US in Afghanistan

President Barack Obamspeaks start International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) meeting Afghanistan NATO Summit Chicago Monday May 21 2012. From left

President Barack Obama speaks at the start of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) meeting on Afghanistan at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. From left are, British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and Gen. John R. Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

storyidforme: 30832003
tmspicid: 11209133
fileheaderid: 5121294
Article Extras
Story Image

Updated: May 21, 2012 5:24PM



President Barack Obama says there will never be an “optimal point” at which the United States’ work in Afghanistan will be finished. But he says the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is sound as it withdraws troops from the country.

Obama said Monday at the end of a two-day NATO Summit that he “can’t afford a whitewash” and not receive the best information from military advisers on Afghanistan.

He says the Taliban is a formidable enemy and the gains made by U.S. forces are “still fragile.”

Obama says Afghanistan is on track to put the country’s security under the lead of Afghan forces in 2013, having the U.S.-led NATO troops play a support role a year ahead of the planned withdrawal of all NATO forces in 2014.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.