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General Petraeus

The U.S. Attack on Syria: Implications for the Next Administration

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Obama's refusal to criticize the U.S. attack on Syria raises the prospect that rather than pursue the diplomatic route, he will instead "pick up where the Bush Administration has now ended."

An Interrogator Speaks: I'm Still Tortured by What I Saw In Iraq

Washingtonpost.com | Matthew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

I should have felt triumphant when I returned from Iraq in August 2006. Instead, I was worried and exhausted. My team of interrogators had successfull...

Petraeus Successor Odierno Faces Many Challenges In Iraq, Raising Concerns For Some

The Miami Herald | Chris Vaughn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Gen. David Petraeus cast such an enormous shadow the last two years that only the most fervent Army watcher could probably say wh...

Petraeus to McCain: I'm Not Your Guy

Patrick Barry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Barry

For someone who McCain claims would be among his most trusted counselors, General Petraeus doesn't seem to agree with McCain on much of anything.

Petraeus Opts Out of Politics -- or Does He?

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

By claiming to be apolitical, Petraeus might be positioning himself to assert a role not only in implementing policy but in shaping policy to suit his own agenda, in Iraq and elsewhere.

Petraeus Launches Strategy Review: Afghanistan Will Probably Be "The Longest Campaign Of The Long War"

Washington Post | Ann Scott Tyson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Gen. David H. Petraeus has launched a major reassessment of U.S. strategy for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and the surrounding region, while warn...

An Open Letter to Barack Obama on the Eve of the Last Presidential Debate

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

What distinguishes your campaign, Senator Obama, from that of your opponent's is that you see the world in three dimensions, and understand the importance of nuance.

General Petraeus: Talks with the Taliban Are Kosher

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Did our incoming commander in Afghanistan just compare the Taliban to our Founding Fathers?

Petraeus Bolsters Obama Position

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Throughout Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, the Republican nominee has wrapped himself in the mantle of U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, pro...

The Surge "Success" Debunked

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Carlos Montalván

Iraq remains a powder keg. "The Surge" has done little to increase security, a state of civil war remains and regional conflict threatens greater problems for the future.

Petraeus Closes Book on McCain Plan for Afghanistan

Patrick Barry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Barry

General Petraeus' remarks yesterday should close the book on John McCain's overly-simplistic strategy for restoring stability to Afghanistan.

Petraeus: "Spiral Downwards" In Parts Of Afghanistan

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LONDON (AFP) - Parts of Afghanistan have seen a "spiral downwards" of violence, the incoming US regional commander said Monday, adding the fight agai...

I'm Not Naïve Senator: You're Just Wrong

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

It is McCain whose world view is characterized by naivete. He still sees the world largely in black and white with no real ability or willingness to see shades of gray.

Petraeus Recommends Delay In Troop Cuts, Signaling Doubts About Iraq Stability

LA Times | Julian E. Barnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Army Gen. David H. Petraeus has recommended that President Bush postpone sharp troop cuts in Iraq until next year, delaying a large-scal...

Petraeus: Troops May Leave Baghdad Next Summer

Financial Times | Demetri Sevastopulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, said declining violence in Baghdad raised the possibility that American combat troops could leav...

Revealed: At Confirmation Hearings, Troop Readiness Was A Concern For Petraeus

The New Yorker | Steve Coll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier this summer, the Senate confirmed General David Petraeus as the next Commander of CENTCOM, or Central Command, where he will oversee all U.S. ...

Is Al Franken "Good Enough, Smart Enough?"

Mike Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mike Smith

Franken used his fundraiser in Denver to press his case and harkened back to the legendary Sen. Paul Wellstone. Well, I knew Paul Wellstone. Wellstone was a friend of mine, and Franken is no Wellstone.

Exactly What are We "Winning" in Iraq?

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

Fortunately for Bush, an organization calling itself Al Qaeda in Iraq emerged -- a group having no relationship to Osama Bin Ladin or the Al Qaeda that attacked us years earlier.

Jason Linkins

Joe Biden On Iraq: Staying Is "Killing Us"

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Joe Biden continued to press his argument against the administration's strategy on Iraq across the TV dial this morning. On the Today Show, h...

The Military Is More Liberal Than You Think

Rod Lurie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rod Lurie

Why do so many members of the military who decide on continuing in public service join the Democratic Party?

Why the Right's Messaging is Working

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

Why is the young brilliant upstart Obama only ahead by single digits. At least part of the reason is this: John McCain knows how to control his message.

Petraeus Won't Embrace Call For Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

McClatchy Newspapers | Nancy Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The top U.S. military commander in Iraq isn't buying the increasingly popular idea of a publicly stated timetable for American troop withdrawal. Gen....

Another McCain Gaffe? Calling Gen. Petraeus the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

I don't think McCain actually thinks Petraeus is the chairman of JCS. But within the context of all of his other gaffes, one has to wonder. Is he slipping and making simple mistakes on a regular basis?

McCain: "It's My Surge, Dammit! I Was Right. Why Won't Anyone Show Me Some Respect?"

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

McCain's unconscionable accusation that Obama would "rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign" demonstrates just how low McCain will stoop. So much for the "respectful" campaign he promised.

Why I Voted Against Promoting Petraeus

Sen. Robert Byrd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Robert Byrd

The jury is still out on the success or failure of the "surge strategy." General Petraeus should bring it to its conclusion before he is rewarded with a promotion.