Up all night: Obama calls another Afghan session

Nine times? Nine times, Mrs. Bueller.

President Obama has added to his schedule for tonight what could be the last meeting with his war council before announcing what he'll do with Afghanistan. For those keeping track at home, it's the ninth time in recent months the group has convened to hash over proposals, scenarios and strategies for the war-strafed (we love that term and overuse it constantly) nation.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said last week that an announcement would likely come after the Thanksgiving holiday. Sunday address to the nation? Just a thought. Notes AFP:

An administration official said it would “possibly” be the last time Obama will consult his team before announcing the new Afghanistan strategy, though he cautioned “that's not something we can say definitively.”

Whew — don't get too far out on a limb now. The 8 p.m. confab will bring together Robert Gates, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Karl Eikenberry, Stanley McChrystal by secure video, and oh, just a bunch of others in the White House Situation Room (or “sit room,” in the parlance of the building)

 

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