Prepare yourself for the next big Congressional spectacle: as I report over at the Washington Independent, the tentative plan is for Gen. McChrystal to testify on the Hill about Afghanistan strategy the week of December 7.

While there will be a round of Afghanistan testimony in the armed services committees on Wednesday with Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, McChrystal is right now not expected to be part of those hearings. While all caution that more specifics will be announced imminently, and it remains possible that McChrystal might be summoned to Washington earlier, McChrystal is currently scheduled to spend the latter part of this week in discussions with Afghanistan government officials about the strategy, ahead of a crucial meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. McChrystal is scheduled to attend that meeting, in which NATO allies will be pressed to contribute thousands of new troops to implement the general’s plans.

It’s the only thing happening that week that could possibly be bigger than the official release of the Clipse’s third full-length record, Till The Casket Drops.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman