I'm hearing from the administraton that President Obama will publicly discuss the results of Bruce Riedel's interagency Afghanistan/Pakistan policy review within the week, as expected. Technically, the review is complete; it's now being circulated among policymakers, which is why details (like the endorsement of a huge expansion of the Afghan army) are beginning to leak out. Riedel, incidentally, is in the entourage of Obama's trip to California. Today, regarding the notion of a "civillian surge," a State Department spokesman told reporters that "the precise number of additional civilian employees at our Mission in Afghanistan has not yet been determined," although he noted that 80 had been added since September of 2008.
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