The Los Angeles Timesreports that President Obama defied his generals' advice on Afghanistan:

The Obama administration's top national security officials were gathered around the polished wooden table of the White House Situation Room to hear Army Gen. David H. Petraeus argue for a slow drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The military needed time, he said, to secure the eastern part of the country as it had done in the south. President Obama quickly made clear his disagreement....

The general's preferred option: Pull as few as 3,000 troops out this year and fully remove the surge troops only by the end of 2012.

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