President Barack Obama met, Wednesday, with his national security team to discuss strategies for the war in Afghanistan.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended the closed door meeting. Top military commanders also participated, including Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
The team debated whether to send thousands of additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan like McChrystal has requested.
The high-level meeting came as security conditions in the country continue to deteriorate.
Sen. John McCain said time is running out and the U.S. needs to act now.
"I think history's very clear that when the Taliban took over Afghanistan, it became a base for attacks on the United States and our allies because of their relationship with al-Qaeda," he said. "I fear that failure in Afghanistan could lead to that scenario. And a certain destabilizing effect on the region."
The White House said a decision on troop levels is still several weeks away.