The Washington Times - September 23, 2009, 08:13PM

NEW YORK | White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that President Obama’s choice on whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan is “one of the biggest decisions the president’s going to make.”

Appearing on “The Charlie Rose Show,” Emanuel discussed a wide range of issues, from Iran, Middle East peace talks, Afghanistan, the economy, and the president’s track record so far in office.


On Afghanistan, Emanuel said that the strategy that Obama seized on for Afghanistan earlier this year, following a lengthy policy review, was based on factors that may have changed.

The reccomendations issued by the Af/Pak review was “dependent on the government and its legitimacy to its people,” Emanuel said.

I asked White House press secretary Robert Gibbs about this as well today, when he briefed reporters on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

“I think you can’t look at this situation without looking at the elections, and obviously the outcome right now is still one that is being evaluated,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs said he would not “rule out or rule in” a decision to reject an expected request from military commanders for more troops in Afghanistan.


— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times

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