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Tough choices for Administration on Afghanistan

The Obama administration’s deliberations over how to proceed with the war in Afghanistan has transformed into a battle of between officials who want a major troop increase and those who want a more limited approach.

U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry to Afghanistan expressed reservations about a troop increase, which reinforces the case of those such as Vice President Biden who are still unconvinced by General MyChrystal’s request for 40,000 troops.

In his meeting with the National Security Council, the president pressed his advisers about the wisdom of four proposals for increasing troop levels.The discussions have looked at strategy and performance measures as well.

The White House emphasized that the president would not agree to an open-ended commitment of troops. For more on this see The Washington Post


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