President Meeting with War Team
POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 1:16pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm
President Obama meets with his war team amid reports he's made a decision to add tens of thousands of troops to Afghanistan. A spokesman denied it.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, "It's safe to say if he'd made a decision, I think we could free up at least part of his Wednesday."
Pressure to build up forces is reportedly coming from a power trio: Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen, Defense Secretary Gates and Secretary Of State Clinton…All favoring another 30-thousand troops or more. Vice President Joe Biden is said to doubt what good a build-up could do as long as Afghan leaders are seen as corrupt.
The Vice President spoke at a memorial service for seven Fort Lewis soldiers killed last month. President Obama also remembered lives lost, not in combat but at Fort Hood Texas.
"We pay tribute to 13 men and women who were not able to escape the horror of war, even in the comfort of home," said Obama. Mourners came from the community and farther. Each of the fallen represented traditionally by the battlefield cross, a helmet, rifle, bayonet and boots.
The President and First Lady met with family members up close to military heartache at home.