President Barack Obama is under major pressure to sort out the future U.S. commitment and plan of action in Afghanistan, and thus his work was cut out for him during his huddle Tuesday with NATO leader Anders Fogh Rasmussen. –KA

AFP via Google News:

“This is not a American battle, this is a NATO mission as well,” Obama said as he welcomed the alliance’s secretary general to the Oval Office, at a time of mounting political pressure over future war strategy.

“We both agree that it is absolutely critical that we are successful in dismantling, disrupting, destroying the Al-Qaeda network,” he said, also citing the need to work with the Afghan government to provide security.

“We are working actively and diligently to consult with NATO at every step of the way.”

Obama is facing fateful decisions on Afghan strategy as he digests a report by US commander General Stanley McChrystal which warned the war could be lost within a year without more troops.

Read more

Wait, before you go…

If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.

Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.

Support Truthdig