Wednesday, September 30, 2009

So What Did Today's Security Team Meeting On Afghanistan Accomplished?

Photo: President Barack Obama holds a strategy review on Afghanistan in the Situation Room of the White House, Sept. 30, 2009. (White House Photo/Pete Souza)

Obama Meets With Security Team on Afghanistan, as White House Battles Criticism -- FOX News

The closed-door meeting marked the first time President Obama has had any interaction with Gen. Stanley McChrystal since the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan asked him to send up to 40,000 more troops to the war-torn country.

President Obama met with his national security team Wednesday in the first of a series of sessions he will attend to review and reshape America's military strategy in the Afghanistan war. The meeting took place as the White House fended off charges that the president has been stalling on Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for more troops.

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More News On Today's Strategy Meeting On Afghanistan

Today's NSC Meeting -- ABC News
Obama Officials Mull Future in Afghanistan -- CBS News
Top officials and Obama advisers study Afghan war -- AP
Obama hears opinions on new strategy in Afghanistan -- Reuters
Pressure increases on Obama over Afghanistan -- CNN
The stakes in Afghanistan go well beyond Afghanistan -- Foreign Policy
Obama and McChrystal Don’t Talk? Good, Says Army Historian -- The Danger Room
Obama convenes high-stakes Afghanistan meeting -- Political Intelligence

My Comment: I expect that this will probably be the first of many such meetings, and the final decision on an Afghan strategy will only be outlined in the next few weeks/months.

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