Signs That We Won’t Get an Afghanistan Announcement This Week
Laura Rozen reports a few post-Asia trip scheduling conflicts:
Hillary Clinton is hosting an all-day retreat for her senior staff Friday at Blair House. Deputy secretaries, undersecretaries, and assistant secretaries are due to attend. On the agenda: briefings on policy & budget, an urgent challenges panel on Iran, the Middle East, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and North Korea; around the world priorities, including for USAID, a briefing on the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, a lunch on the topic of 21st century statecraft, a transnational challenges (nonproliferation, climate change, global health, hunger and food security) panel. All followed by a 7:30pm dinner hosted by Clinton for senior staff and their spouses.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, meantime, is the keynote speaker at the German Marshall Foundation Halifax International Security Forum Friday in Nova Scotia, Canada.
See, I figured President Obama would definitely announce it on a Friday so he could control all the Sunday shows with Afghanistan news. But maybe not. Will he really make the announcement Thanksgiving week? That seems, you know, in poor taste.