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Afghan troops decision: is tonight the night?

President Obama convenes his war council this evening for the ninth and possibly final time as he finishes up deliberations on the administration’s new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy. The Cable reported last week that the announcement will likely come next week and certainly won’t come before Thanksgiving. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said tonight’s Afghanistan meeting will ...

President Obama convenes his war council this evening for the ninth and possibly final time as he finishes up deliberations on the administration’s new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy.

The Cable reported last week that the announcement will likely come next week and certainly won’t come before Thanksgiving. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said tonight’s Afghanistan meeting will focus on "not just how we get people there, but what’s the strategy for getting them out."

Obama had lunch Monday with Vice President Joseph Biden and a late afternoon meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both of whom will be in the Situation Room tonight for the Afghanistan pow-wow. Other expected attendees, announced by the White House, are:

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; Ambassador Susan Rice, Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations; Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg; Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; Under Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy; Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; General James E. Cartwright, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; General David Petraeus, U.S. Central Command; General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Commander in Afghanistan (via videoconference); Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (via videoconference); Anne Patterson, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (via videoconference); General James Jones, National Security Advisor; Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security; and Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, Special Assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Spencer Ackerman notes that Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was not invited, which seems odd considering congressional Democrats are pledging to force a war tax to pay for Obama’s expected escalation of troops.

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