by bartleby the scrivener (photograph: US government work by Pete Souza from official Whitehouse photostream)| Obama told federal lawmakers he has no plans to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan, though he has not yet decided on the major troop buildup recommended by Gen. McChrystal, who has requested 40,000 more. (NYT)
"While some Democrats said they would support whatever he decided, others challenged him about sending more troops. And Republicans pressed him to order the escalation without delay, leading to a pointed exchange between the president and Senator John McCain of Arizona, his Republican opponent from last year’s election.
"Mr. McCain told the president that “time is not on our side.” He added, “This should not be a leisurely process,” according to several people in the room.