Obama's sixth Afghan review meeting a smaller affair

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President Obama is meeting Monday morning with his war council in an ongoing review of Afghanistan strategy that has now stretched on for more than four weeks.

But the group he is meeting with for what is the sixth meeting on the issue is the smallest yet. Here are the officials the White House has said will be there, and below that are the dates of each of the previous five meetings, and below that are the participants in each of those meetings.

These lists are not exhaustive. The White House did not list political advisers like David Axelrod and press secretary Robert Gibbs.

Monday, Oct. 26

11:30 – Situation Room

Vice President Biden (via videoconference)

Secretary of State Clinton

Secretary of Defense Gates

General James Jones, National Security Advisor

Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor

John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security

Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff

 

Meeting Dates:

Sun., Sept. 27
Wed., Sept. 30
Wed. Oct. 7
Friday, Oct. 9
Wed., Oct. 14
Monday, Oct. 26

Meeting participants:

Sunday, Sept. 27
no readout

Wed., Sept. 30
3:30 p.m. - Situation Room

Vice President Biden

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General David Petraeus, U.S. Central Command

General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Commander in Afghanistan

Admiral Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence

CIA Director Leon Panetta

Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

Anne Patterson, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan

General James Jones, National Security Advisor
 
Wed. Oct. 7
3:30 – Situation Room
Vice President Biden

Secretary of State Clinton

Secretary of Defense Gates

Ambassador Susan Rice, Permanent US Representative to the United Nations

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General David Petraeus, U.S. Central Command

General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Commander in Afghanistan (via videoconference)

Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, Special Assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Admiral Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence

CIA Director Leon Panetta

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

Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, Special Assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Friday, Oct. 9
2:30 p.m. - Situation Room

Vice President Biden

Secretary of State Clinton

Secretary of Defense Gates

Ambassador Susan Rice, Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations (via videoconference)

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General David Petraeus, U.S. Central Command

General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Commander in Afghanistan (via videoconference)

Admiral Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence

CIA Director Leon Panetta

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

Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, Special Assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan


Wednesday, Oct. 14

9:45 a.m. - Situation Room
Expected attendees include:

Vice President Biden

Secretary of State Clinton (via videoconference)

Secretary of Defense Gates

Ambassador Susan Rice, Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg (announced by Gibbs in briefing)

Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew

Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General David Petraeus, U.S. Central Command

General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Commander in Afghanistan (via videoconference)

Admiral Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence

CIA Director Leon Panetta

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

Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, Special Assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan

 

— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times

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