by Steve Handelsman
WASHINGTON (NBC) - In an unscheduled visit on this Veterans Day, President Obama spent time among the graves at Arlington National Cemetery, specifically in a section set aside for the fallen from Iraq and from Afghanistan, where Mr. Obama's considering sending more U.S. troops.
It's a tough decision for the president.
"And as long as I am commander-in-chief, America's going to do right by them," said Mr. Obama.
Former defense secretary William Cohen urged the president to hurry.
"What's important is that he make a decision and make it reasonably soon because you've got young men and women who are out there carrying the battle who are at great risk. If we've got the wrong strategy, change it," said Cohen.
On Wednesday, the Commander in Chief met with advisors again where he got more options for troop deployment.
Afghan Commanding General Stan McChrystal's has asked for as many as 44,000 more troops.
That's far more than Vice president's Biden's plan to send as few as 10,000.
There are also new middle ground plans calling for up to 35,000 more troops.