Obama Eyes Middle Ground on Afghanistan
By Ben Pershing
Fairly or not, President Obama has in the past been dubbed the "compromiser-in-chief" because of his inclination toward the middle ground. That may well be where he's headed on Afghanistan.
At a meeting Tuesday with congressional leaders from both parties, the Los Angeles Times reports, "Obama did not indicate to the bipartisan group whether he is leaning toward or against a significant troop escalation. Instead, he suggested he is looking at the middle range of the spectrum, somewhere between a major increase in forces and a large drawdown." The New York Times says Obama told lawmakers "that he would not substantially reduce American forces in Afghanistan or shift the mission to just hunting terrorists there, but he indicated that he remained undecided about the major troop buildup proposed by his commanding general." And, the Times adds, Obama had a "pointed exchange" with John McCain over the pace of his decision-making, while Nancy Pelosi, Carl Levin and David Obey "voiced reservations" about a troop increase. (Sarah Palin, who was not at the White House Tuesday, thinks we should send more troops.)
October 7, 2009; 8:27 AM ET
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