Obama to meet with national security team to consider troop levels in Afghanistan
President Obama will meet today with his national security team to consider four options on managing troop levels in Afghanistan. The options consider different troop levels, different assumptions of how much territory the troops will aim to control, and various time frames and expectations for training Afghan security forces. Possible troop increases range from 20,000 to 40,000. Top Obama officials, including Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are reportedly supportive of an option that would send approximately 30,000. Read more at the NYT.