President Obama, accompanied by his national security team, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on April 28, 2011. From left are, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Vice President Joe Biden; outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates; the president, Defense Secretary-nominee Leon Panetta; CIA Director-nominee Gen. David Petraeus; and top commander-designate for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan-designate Ryan Crocker. (Associated Press)

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President Obama, accompanied by his national security team, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on April 28, 2011. From left are, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Vice President Joe Biden; outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates; the president, Defense Secretary-nominee Leon Panetta; CIA Director-nominee Gen. David Petraeus; and top commander-designate for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan-designate Ryan Crocker. (Associated Press)