October 27th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama to meet with Joint Chiefs on Afghanistan

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Washington (CNN) - President Obama is scheduled to meet with the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Friday as part of his reassessment of the military strategy in Afghanistan, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.

"It's a chance to consult with uniformed military leadership as a part of his Af-Pak [Afghanistan-Pakistan] review," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said. "The president wants to get input from different services."

The meeting - which is scheduled to take place at the White House - will give the chiefs of staff, each representing one branch of the military, an opportunity to describe directly to Obama the impact on the military if a large number of additional forces are sent to Afghanistan, two unnamed military sources told CNN's Barbara Starr.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Idiot_Pelosi

    Maybe the JOINT CHIEFS can't slap some sense into BOZO the clown.

    Our Command In Chief is a JOKE.

    October 27, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    While he is out stumping...our military personel are DYING and he is still smoozing with Hollywood and gutting our Constitution

    October 27, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    We need to take the approach which will require less troops on the ground and more Predator Drones in the air. Drone attacks have been proven effective. Unman the frontlines.

    October 27, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Jenn, Philadelphia

    what a surprise, another meeting. I'd hate to be the room when this guy needs to pick out a tie.

    October 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. clifford in New York

    While Obama waffles more Americans will die!

    October 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. MJ

    How does he find the time! Maybe he should attend the funerals of the 8 troops killed today. Explain to the families why he is still pondering "what to do". This is serious. We need a Commander in Charge – Not a fund raising, photo-op President.

    October 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. SLM

    Why hasn't he done this long before Now? Quit dithering and make some decisions. Afghanistan should be his top priority. Another 8 more US soldiers died today, lives are more important than campaigning and playing golf.

    October 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Ralph Kramden

    I know the thick headed republicans in their attempt to destroy Barack will try to use the recent news of increaing American troops killed to say “Barack’s indecision concerning Afghanistan emboldens our enemy and caused the recent deaths of American troops,” or “Barack is waiting on the November elections before making a decision concerning Afghanistan and his playing politics has killed American troops.” It is sad that the repuks cannot let Barack lead without criticizing him all the time.

    Stop it!
    Stop it!
    Stop it!

    Barack is the best president ever!

    October 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. dan smith

    This isn't a hard decision to make,when your in a war and the commanding General tells you he needs 40,000 troops you send 80,000 end of story. Just goes to prove Obama is not ready to lead.

    October 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. single mom

    He's been in office ten months. Why hasn't he done this sooner?
    Why has he only talked to General McCrystal, his hand-picked general BTW, twice for less than an hour total in ten months?
    Those pesky campaign stops and oversea trips to make a last-minute bid for the Olympics for his home-town are so time-consuming, aren't they?

    Mr. President - as you so bluntly put it last January – you won. That means you stop campaigning and start actually running things. That requires making decisions, often tough ones that won't be popular with everyone. You can't vote 'present' anymore. YOU have to say 'This is my decision and this is the way things will be.' Right or wrong, just PLEASE, make a decision!!

    October 27, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Obama = Trickle up poverty

    Can the great one work this into his busy campaigning schedule?

    October 27, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |