National Public Radio reported that the President intends to announce his decision next Tuesday, but a White House official said that no plans had yet been made. A speech was likely, as is the testimony of senior defense officials.
Step one after making the decision will be to brief NATO allies. That hasn’t happened yet. In recent days, though, Obama aides have given reporters a peak at the president’s thinking. They said they expect the Commander in Chief to approve north of 20,000 additional troops, but that he would probably not ask for all 40,000 requested by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the Afghanistan theater commander, pending the decision of other NATO countries to send more troops of their own.