McChrystal Meets With Obama to Make His Case

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2009 7:38 AM CDT
General Stanley McChrystal delivers a speech in London Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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(Newser) – President Obama squeezed in a quick, unannounced meeting this morning with Gen. Stanley McChrystal during his trip to Copenhagen. The two met for about a half-hour aboard Air Force One, where McChrystal presumably made his case in person for more troops in Afghanistan. The general flew in from London, where he delivered a speech yesterday bluntly warning that a strategy relying more on airstrikes than ground troops would fail, reports the New York Times.

If nothing else, the meeting should quiet critics who say Obama has been too removed from McChrystal—they hadn't spoken in person since June. The president met with his national security team in Washington Wednesday on the Afghan issue, and he's got three more sessions scheduled before announcing his decision. McChrystal wants up to 40,000 more troops.