It will be months before the 30,000 new troops will have gone to war in Afghanistan. But President Obama already has increased attacks by pilotless Predator drone aircraft against Taliban and Al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan's tribal areas.
The Pakistani press is rife with reports that the US will expand its drone attacks into Balochistan Province where the Taliban leader is thought to be hiding.
If the US wants fundamental change, it must alleviate Pashtun frustration in Afghanistan and get Pakistan to give up supporting Islamists and the Taliban.
One key is not setting a final exit date, which would only allow the Taliban to wait out the US.
Gen. Petraeus and Sen. Kerry met Pakistani leaders Monday as Pakistan launches a massive offensive against the Taliban's base in South Waziristan.
Gen. David Petraeus, head of the US Central Command, is due to arrive in Islamabad on Monday for talks with Pakistani commanders.
Obama faces pressure to choose an Afghanistan plan that doesn't call for huge commitment of troops.
The US commander in Afghanistan essentially dismissed one White House option as 'short-sighted.' Does civilian control of the military mean McChrystal should keep his mouth shut?
There’s debate within his own administration over sending more troops to Afghanistan at a time when casualties mount and many Americans grow weary of the war.