Saturday, December 5, 2009


As expected, the first tick-tock reports on President Obama's decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan are now appearing. The Sunday December 6 New York Times and Washington Post contain narratives detailing the week-by-week meetings and discussions over policy. More can be anticipated -- and will be noted here when I come across them.

These first reports describe a questioning president, a skeptical vice president, but a consensus among most other advisers in favor of a robust response to the deteriorating situation. The end result was a compromise -- on troop numbers, on a narrower mission, and on a faster deployment.

Read both reports in full -- and file and save.

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