Obama Establishes Afghanistan-Pakistan Policy Task Force
By Michael D. Shear
President Obama has created an inter-agency task force to review U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan and tasked it to report back to him by the NATO summit in April, a senior aide told reporters today.
Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and Brookings fellow, will co-chair the review along with Richard Holbrooke and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy, according to press secretary Robert Gibbs.
Riedel, who will be on leave from Brookings for 60 days to work at the White House, will report to National Security Adviser Jim Jones, Gibbs said.
Also today, Obama formally accepted an invitation to address a joint session of Congress two weeks from today, Gibbs said as the president traveled on Air Force One to Florida this morning.
Gibbs said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivered the request personally at the White House this morning, formally extending the invitation.
Posted at 1:47 PM ET on Feb 10, 2009
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