AFGHANISTAN – when will U.S. President Obama make a decision on strategy -- and whether or not to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan?
- Fierce debate in Obama administration on troop levels and type of strategy required in Afghanistan
- Sources tell CNN: Defense Secretary Robert Gates leaning toward view that significant number of extra troops required
- Gates said to favor the kind of counterinsurgency strategy being advocated by the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal
- McChrystal, who met Pres. Obama on Friday, reportedly wants an additional 40,000 troops in Afghanistan. Has warned about risk of “mission failure” in Afghanistan if additional troops not forthcoming
QUESTION – How deep are the divisions in the Obama Administration over the conduct of the War in Afghanistan? Will those divisions continue after the President makes a decision on strategy and troop levels?
(Tom Evans, AMANPOUR, CNN)