Obama, Karzai Assure Commitment to War on Terror

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President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivered their message of unity, standing side-by-side Wednesday.

Despite recent reports of tension, the pair assured their ties are stronger than ever.

Obama and Karzai met in the Oval office, smiled during a joint news conference and shook hands, re-affirming their commitment as strong allies.

The meeting was a far cry from recent tension over how the now 9-year-old war on terror should be handled.

"With respect to perceived tensions between the U.S. government and the Afghan government, let me begin by saying a lot of them were simply overstated," Obama said.

"We are in a campaign against terrorism together," Karzai added. "There are days that we are happy. There are days that we are not happy."

Previously, the U.S. has accused Karzai of allowing corruption and drug trafficking in Afghanistan, and Karzai has said Washington failed to give him the support he needs in the war.

One thing both governments do agree on is that the war will likely get worse, before it gets better.

"One thing that I've tried to emphasize is the fact that there's going to be some hard fighting over the next several months," Obama said.

That will mean more sacrifices like those President Karzai faced as he visited wounded American troops at Walter Reed.

"It was a very difficult moment for me," Karzai told President Obama. "To meet with a young man -- a very, very young man -- who had lost two arms and legs. It was heart-rending."

The military strategy remains focused on releasing areas from Taliban control. Obama is still committed to the goal of starting to draw down forces in July 2011, but that has some analysts concerned.

"My fear here is that the Afghan army is not strong enough to take over and I believe that the deadline that we've created for ourselves for withdrawal is an arbitrary date," Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies said. "Withdrawal should be based on what we're seeing on the ground at the time we propose to withdraw."

"Trying to stick to a hard deadline, I think, will ultimately undermine the mission," he added.

Still, Karzai agreed to the commitment that Afghan forces will be ready to take over by the proposed deadline.

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