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Squabbling about Afghanistan review no big deal, Gibbs says

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs spent much of Monday’s press briefing knocking down reports of bickering within the Obama administration over an ongoing review of the war in Afghanistan.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, gave an unusually blunt speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London Thursday. He said that it would be “shortsighted” to narrow the US mission in the eight year old war in Afghanistan and focus on attacking Al Qaeda targets that are primarily based in Pakistan.

The following day, President Obama summoned McChrystal to Copenhagen, where the president was attending an Olympic summit.

Rumors in Washington have Vice President Joe Biden favoring the sort of constrained course that McChrystal dismissed, and these differences were supposed to be addressed and discussed in meetings held in the White House Situation Room – one last week and two more Wednesday and Friday.

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