Rich Galen

Last night President Obama talked about having signed an agreement with the thieving, corrupt, illegitimate President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, who, in spite of that, is probably our only hope of getting the hell out of there.

During his remarks, the President said:

Today, I signed an historic agreement between the United States and Afghanistan that defines a new kind of relationship between our countries - a future in which Afghans are responsible for the security of their nation, and we build an equal partnership between two sovereign states; a future in which the war ends, and a new chapter begins.

I wondered, via Twitter, when an agreement between the Presidents of two countries becomes a treaty that requires the approval of the U.S. Senate.

Maybe agreements signed on campaign trips don't really have any force of law.

He spoke of trying to get the Taliban to agree not to re-establish Afghanistan as Band Camp for Terrorists but, as we're seeing (even if not yet admitting) Islamists are taking control of country after country.

The whole Arab Spring thing is going to end up with girls not being allowed to go to school in countries where this was never an issue before. Including Afghanistan.

Will Obama keep NATO (read, U.S.) troops in Afghanistan so educational opportunities are available to all?

I'm as tired of American troops being in Afghanistan as anyone else and I've never spent more than a week or so there at any one time.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. Keep this in mind: It also marks the only time - the ONLY time - in the Obama Administration when the entire nation was united behind him.

And all he did was watch a TV set in the Situation Room.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at