The Iraq-style troop surge is one part of a plan that hopes to bring stability through civilian know-how and a fresh Pakistan policy.
From crawling on the carpet with Ronald Reagan to sipping tea with the Che Guevara of Afghanistan, former staffers recount stories as the Monitor transitions to new formats.
The US special envoy told allies at the Brussels Forum that the Talibanization of the region was a top concern.
The president said the US cannot stay indefinitely.
The Haqqani network has agreed to discuss a peace proposal with government-backed mediators.
Obama urged to expand attacks beyond tribal areas to territory controlled by the Pakistani government.