Obama Looking for 'Off-Ramps' Out of Afghanistan - George's Bottom Line Obama Looking for 'Off-Ramps' Out of Afghanistan November 11, 2009 7:33 AM Thats what he wants to drill down on in what is likely to be the Presidents final meeting with his war counsel today. One close aide explained that Obama wants to see more intellectual energy focused on how this mission ends, saying that the President has insisted that were not going to be in Afghanistan for another 8 years. Another said that Obama wants a clear picture of the American bridge out of Afghanistan. He doesnt have it yet. Hes not satisfied with what hes heard so far. The President will press for answers today. Angry at Mondays CBS report (and the military sources who seem to be pushing it) that the President has already settled on an option that would send almost all the troops Gen. McChrystal has requested for Afghanistan, aides insist that Obama has not told anyone what he wants to do and that hes likely to continue to mull his options as he travels across Asia over the next 8 days. All four options the President will consider at todays war counsel contemplate phasing in more troops over the next year from a low of 10-20,000 to the high option of about 40,000 troops recommended by General McChrystal. But an official says that the key question is not how many troops we send. But how many Afghan forces can get ready. And how quickly they can get ready.