President Barack Obama hit back at claims the United States had stalled in Afghanistan and vowed foreign forces would not be needed "in perpetuity", in a rare Australian TV interview aired on Thursday.
Obama, speaking to public broadcaster ABC's 7.30 Report in Washington, also backed President Hamid Karzai to lead Afghanistan into the 21st century, dismissing recent controversies.
"Progress" in Afghanistan?!?!?
Every day, this President appears more and more unplugged from reality on every issue he talks about, and that is more than a little unsettling.