President Obama To Weigh What To Do With Afghanistan. . . For Weeks. “President Barack Obama will take several weeks to review U.S. strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the White House said on Wednesday after a meeting between top U.S. officials about the region.” (Jeff Mason, “Obama To Take Weeks To Study Afghanistan Strategy,” Reuters, 9/30/09)
Anyone know anything about Nero fiddling around while Rome burned?
Since General Stanley McChrystal Called For More Troops In Afghanistan On August 30, 2009, 43 American Troops Have Died. “On August 30, Gen. Stanley McChrystal sent Defense Secretary Robert Gates a war assessment in which he said more U.S. troops–and a new U.S. strategy–are needed if the U.S. is to defeat the insurgents in Afghanistan. Since that Aug. 30 date, a total of 43 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have died in a war that is now the subject of much discussion–and apparently some confusion–in Washington. Forty-two of those casualties have been identified by name in U.S. Defense Department press releases (see below), while the 43rd casualty, which occurred today, has been confirmed in press reports, but not by name.” (Susan Jones, “43 U.S. Troops Have Died In Afghanistan Since Gen. McChrystal Called For Reinforcements,” CNS News, 9/30/09)
Today In London, McChrystal Said The “Insurgency In Afghanistan Is Growing And The Success Of The Military Campaign There Cannot Be Taken For Granted.” “An insurgency in Afghanistan is growing and the success of the military campaign there cannot be taken for granted, General Stanley McChrystal, head of U.S. and NATO troops, said on Thursday.” (Luke Baker, “U.S. General Says Afghan Insurgency Growing,” Reuters, 10/1/09)
Tomorrow, Obama Will Arrive In Copenhagen, Denmark, To Push Chicago’s Bid To Host The Olympics In 2016. “US President Barack Obama will make a whirlwind trip to Copenhagen this week to put his global popularity on the line in a last-minute pitch for his hometown Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid. The White House said Obama would arrive in Denmark on Friday, hours before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) votes on the destiny of the Summer Games after a final battle between Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.” (Stephen Collinson, “Obama To Copenhagen For Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid,” AFP, 9/28/09)