It is likely that when Prime
Minister John Key met United States President Barack Obama
and other high-ranking US officials he was pressed to extend
New Zealand's commitment to its mission in Afghanistan.
Beginning to wind down a long and devastating war, President
Barack Obama has announced he is pulling home 33,000 US
troops from Afghanistan by early next year, withdrawing the
"surge" of forces he had sent to rescue a flailing effort.
Facing a war-weary public, President Barack Obama is expected
to call for a major withdrawal of American troops from
Afghanistan tomorrow, with roughly 10,000 coming home to the
US in less than a year.
Face to face with the legions of homeless and the bereaved,
US President Barack Obama has toured the apocalyptic
landscape left by Missouri's killer tornado, consoled the
community and committed the government to helping rebuild
United States President Barack Obama immersed himself in the
grandeur of Britain's royal family, as Queen Elizabeth II
welcomed him to Buckingham Palace for the first day of a
state visit that kept the president largely out of sight for
most of the British public.
Beaming before an exultant sea of people, President Barack
Obama has revelled in his distant Irish ancestry, offering
spirited thanks from tens of millions of Americans who trace
connections to Ireland.