Michael Gordon of the NYTimes has an article on FP quoting from a transcript of a high level meeting in NSA Steve Hadley's office on a "Saturday in November" 2006, presumably the 11th, the day after a Bush decision to conduct a review of US Iraq policy and 3 days after Hadley's memo on the deteriorating situation there.
Gordon thinks is important is that Secretary Rice opposed a surge and
made the case for a more limited strategy. He fails to mention how
widespread such feelings were, including among the U.S. military.
What I think is important is different:
The only attendees mentioned were Sec. Rice, her advisor Phil Zelikow,
Cheney's advisor John Hannah, and NSC staff. No military. No DOD
-- A transcript was made. From a taping system? Detailed notes by someone? Why? How often was this done?
Peter Feaver, then on the NSC staff, specifically cites Karl Rove as
saying public opinion would support a stronger military approach. This
comes close to violating the taboo on mentioning domestic political
considerations in WH foreign policy discussions.