White House tells McChrystal to cool his heels

Still not in any great rush to decide what to do about Afghanistan, the Ditherer in Chief has told his commanding general in the war zone not to come to Washington quite yet to brief the president on what he needs to get the job done. Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post: The White House has told the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan to delay a planned trip here Friday to brief President Obama and his senior advisers on his recommendation for a major troop increase. Officials had hoped to have Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and what national security adviser James L. Jones called "all the key players" speak to Obama in person by the end of this week, leading to final deliberations over a forward strategy.But "we're not finished," Jones said Thursday, and meetings may extend beyond next week. When the White House is ready, he said, McChrystal -- along with the U.S. ambassadors to Afghanistan and Pakistan -- will fly to Washington so that the...(Read Full Post)