Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top US commander in Afghanistan, delivered his request for more troops to top military brass at a secret meeting in Germany this week.
With President Obama in the White House, Osama bin Laden is focusing his rhetorical attacks on the people around him.
The top commander in Afghanistan reportedly likens the US military to a bull charging at a matador and getting weaker with each cut.
Ryan Crocker was a major force in helping to turn around Iraq, Presidents Bush and Obama say.
Just 650 Afghans are fighting alongside the 4,000 US Marines in the Helmand province. US commanders and now Congress are pushing to grow Afghan security forces.
Key challenges remain, including the discontent of former Sunni insurgents recruited by the US and credited with improving security.
With Gen. Stanley McChrystal on his way to Kabul, CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus warned Thursday that the situation in Afghanistan is the worst since 2001.
The man he wants for the post, Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is deeply versed in special operations.