Big Meeting

Obama's Last Afghan Consultation?

The White House is keeping mum on which Afghanistan strategy President Obama favors, but if his daily schedule has anything to say, deciding time is near. Talking Points Memo reports that the president’s sit down with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday afternoon is likely a critical meeting in anticipation of a decision on Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s request for a troop surge. The meeting with Pelosi comes on the heels of a two-hour War Council huddle on Monday night, reportedly the ninth and final meeting of its kind. Aides have been saying for weeks that Obama wants to give a public speech once he makes up his mind, but so far, no speech has been scheduled. NPR reports that the announcement won’t come until December 1.