Monday, November 23, 2009

Obama Holds an Evening Meetup on Afghanistan

Update: Obama is expected to announce strategy/troops for Afghanistan Dec. 1.

In addition to a just-added meeting with all the Afghanistan bigwigs tonight at 8 pm eastern, Obama is meeting with his cabinet and his national security team. He's also having lunch with Joe Biden and having a one-on-one meeting with Hillary Clinton. This could be a signal that Obama will soon announce a strategy in Afghanistan. Obama will also speak about science, math and engineering at 11:40 am.
The attendees of this evening's meeting, according to Politico:
Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton, Defense Secretary Gates, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke, Under Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen, Joint Chiefs of Staff Deputy Chairman Gen.James E. Cartwright, CENTCOM Commander Gen. David Petraeus, Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson, National Security Adviser Jim Jones, Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan and Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, special assistant to the president for Afghanistan and Pakistan.