Obama to review post-Holbrooke Afghan strategy
December 14th, 2010
10:37 AM ET

Obama to review post-Holbrooke Afghan strategy

By CNN Wire Staff
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama is set to huddle behind closed doors with his national security team Tuesday to review the administration's policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan - one day after the unexpected death of his diplomatic point man for the region.

Veteran U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, America's special envoy to the so-called "AfPak" region, died Monday while being treated at a Washington hospital for a tear in his aorta.

Obama's monthly review of policy toward the pivotal region, however, is scheduled to continue, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon among those in attendance.
A long-awaited U.S. military analysis of the war in Afghanistan is expected later this week, a year after Obama ordered additional U.S. troops to the country as part of a strategy that could bring some forces home as soon as July 2011. Officials have said the goal is to end combat operations in Afghanistan in 2014.

Earlier this month, Obama made his second trip to Afghanistan since
becoming commander-in-chief.

At the moment, it is unclear whether the president intends to name a
replacement for Holbrooke.

Obama paid tribute to Holbrooke Monday night, calling him "a true giant
of American foreign policy who has made America stronger, safer, and more respected."


Topics: Afghanistan • President Obama • The News

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    That's right PRESIDENT OBAMA! Do the review of HOLBROOKES' war strategy; and meet behind closed doors with your national security team! Maybe, your genuine desire to be a transparent president has hurt your efforts rather than helped. The media and others grab hold to everything you attempt to say or do and break-it down, negatively critique it, and pick it apart to the masses, before you can even make the speech or activate the plans! GO BACK TO BEING PRIVATE WITH SOME ISSUES! THEY DON'T DESERVE OPENESS!

    December 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  2. Notfooled

    President Obama stick to your original plans and don't nation build. Bring our troops home. They deserve to be with their families. Only the Republicans want them there so they can supply their rich friends with contracts. We can't afford it.

    December 15, 2010 at 3:29 am |