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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Faces Revolt From Generals Over Strategy In Afghanistan

In early October, as President Obama huddled with top administration officials in the White House situation room to rethink America's failing strategy in Afghanistan, the Pentagon and top military brass were trying to make the president an offer he couldn't refuse. They wanted the president to escalate the war -- go all in by committing 40,000 more troops and another trillion dollars to a Vietnam-like quagmire -- or face a full-scale mutiny by his generals.

Obama knew that if he rebuffed the military's pressure, several senior officers -- including Gen. David Petraeus, the ambitious head of U.S. Central Command, who is rumored to be eyeing a presidential bid of his own in 2012 -- could break ranks and join forces with hawks in the Republican Party...

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