Ryan C. Crocker
Ambassador to Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
May 2, 2012

The elimination of bin Laden certainly weakened Al Qaeda, which has suffered further degradation since. But Al Qaeda is still there, this is a long war and it requires a long-term commitment which is what I think the President signaled in his, both his statement and his signing and his speech subsequently. You know we do feel we are prevailing in this with our Afghan partners. We are committed to an end to this conflict, a responsible end, and that means there’s going to be further bad days ahead.