As we reported first thing this morning, the top story of the day is Bob Woodward's scoop in The Washington Post that the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has delivered a very sober assessment of conditions in Afghanistan that warns of failure unless more troops are sent and a new strategy is soon implemented.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs confirms that the president has seen McChrystal's report, but also says that the general isn't expected to make a formal request for more troops for "a little bit longer."
How's the news about what McChrystal thinks playing in the political blogosphere? Here's a sampling:
-- Ed Morrissey at the conservative Hot Air says "it's not a pretty picture, and McChrystal's report clearly defines this as a fish-or-cut-bait moment. If we hope to prevail, we will need a political commitment for more resources over a much longer period of time than most politicians have been willing to report."
-- The liberal Taylor Marsh says "Woodward's story is golden. Remains to be seen who leaked it, beyond saying it came from someone who definitely wants to keep the mission going in Afghanistan."
-- Also from the liberal side, Siun at firedoglake writes that the McChrystal report's bottomline is "give me more troops or it will be your fault, Obama, that we lose the war."
-- Back with the conservatives, Jillian Bandes at Townhall says "this won't be happy news to politicians listening to an American populace that is strongly against continued involvement in Afghanistan, or the usual budgetary issues."
Update at 11:50 a.m. ET. At the widely read "milblog" Mudville Gazette, there's this:
This isn't "new" -- it's the McChrystal report the Obama administration has attempted to keep from public view since its late-August delivery. And frankly, it contains no surprises for those who've been paying attention to Afghanistan. But if it isn't new, it most definitely is news, and most definitely is big: the day following President Obama's appearance on five Sunday news talk shows, in which he expressed his concerns over "mission creep" in Afghanistan, Bob Woodward publishes a declassified copy of General McChrystal's commander's assessment.