Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The new commander in chief's promise to end the war in Iraq — and his hope for a turnaround in Afghanistan — will be on the agenda Wednesday when he meets with top commanders and national security aides.
Two senior officials said the president was summoning his defense secretary, Robert Gates, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, to the White House, along with Gen. David Petraeus, who has responsibility for both wars as Central Command chief.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the White House has not announced the meeting.
The top U.S. commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan were scheduled to participate by videoteleconference. They are Gen. Ray Odierno in Baghdad and Gen. David McKiernan in Kabul.