Obama to Receive McChrystal Report Wednesday
By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama will receive the report assessing the war in Afghanistan from his top commander there on Wednesday, and will take it with him to Camp David as he continues his vacation over the extended Labor Day weekend.
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who commands both U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan and authored the report, calls the situation there "serious" but salvageable. The assessment is widely seen as the first step toward a likely request for more troops, money and other resources for the war.
The situation in Afghanistan poses a political conundrum for the president, who is caught between his liberal base, which is increasingly skeptical about the war, and his commanders, who want more resources to win it.
Speaking at a gaggle with reporters on Tuesday, Gibbs said that the president will take "some form" of the report with him to Camp David. But Gibbs stressed that the assessment was in effect a continuation of a daily conversation that Obama has with his commanders in Afghanistan and would not be the sole factor in any coming decisions about troop levels.
"This is not a one-report, one-event kind of thing," Gibbs said.
Posted at 11:39 AM ET on Sep 1, 2009
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