CBS: Obama Will Send 40K More Troops. White House: No Such Decision Yet

Shortly after CBS News' David Martin reported last night that President Barack Obama "intends to give Gen. Stanley McChrystal most, if not all, the additional troops he is asking for" in Afghanistan — about 40,000 more personnel — the White House issued this statement from National Security adviser James Jones:

"Reports that President Obama has made a decision about Afghanistan are absolutely false. He has not received final options for his consideration, he has not reviewed those options with his national security team, and he has not made any decisions about resources. Any reports to the contrary are completely untrue and come from uninformed sources."

Regarding the CBS report, CNN says that "two senior administration officials suggested the information is being leaked by Pentagon sources who are trying to box Obama in by setting public expectations that he will send close to 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan as McChrystal requested."



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