In emails, Hillary's outside advisers pushed hawkish Afghan line

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkBy Warren Strobel and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the fall of 2009, as U.S. President Barack Obama conducted a long, divisive review of whether to pour more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, an influential group of advisors were quietly pushing a hawkish line. The emails reveal how, even as Obama ran a highly formalized Afghan policy review of near-endless meetings and position papers, Hillary Clinton was receptive to outsiders’ sometimes off-the-cuff views delivered through back-channels.

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