Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, to risk their lives for us.
During the Great Game, Afghanistan was a buffer state.
But Obama found it more important to avoid an abrupt change in the global security policy given the two US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the ongoing terror threat.
Our vision for Afghanistan is achievable, however we should be aware of the obstacles in our path.
But after Sept. 11, he reverted to the partner language, realizing he needed Beijing ’s acquiescence, if not support, for the wars he planned to launch in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is home to more than 50, 000 active -duty soldiers, many of whom pass through on their way to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Today, they're a central part of U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan -- as of early 2010 the U.S. Army had 2, 800 active -duty dogs deployed (the largest canine contingent in the world).
But ultimately security in Afghanistan will depend on the ability of the Afghan people to provide adequate forces that are well trained and well equipped , he said.
An estimated 10 to 20 percent of troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, which afflict 1. 7 million Americans each year.
He reiterated that the United States does not support or oppose any candidate in the Afghan election and is only supporting democracy in Afghanistan.