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At a meeting Oct. 26, as he studied McChrystal’s proposal for 40,000 new troops to flow into Afghanistan between March 2010 and summer 2011, the president first made clear that he wanted a faster troop deployment than he had been shown. “If the situation was as dire” as McChrystal portrayed it, a White House official said the president wanted to know, why couldn’t they “get the troops in there to stop the momentum?” . . .

What Obama wanted to know, Jones said, was: “Can we do it quicker? If we narrow the mission, and tighten the timelines, are there some effects we can achieve quicker?” It was a question that the military had often answered negatively, he said. “They just said . . . we can’t do it any faster, because of logistics or whatever. Everybody [had] accepted that.”

So, just to clarify, two months into the process, Obama recognized that time was of the essence, and speed was essential . . . so he announced he was sending more troops a month later?

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