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General Petraeus

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 again...

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.

Seth Colter Walls

Iraq Reports Agree On One Issue McCain Ignores: Political Progress Is Lacking

HuffingtonPost.com | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the Washington Post reported Tuesday, there are several stark differences between the two latest high-profile government assessments of Iraq. While...

Meet the New Dr. Strangelove

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Kilcullen advocates a kind of deception-based warfare contradictory to democracy itself, with its instruments of critical media, congressional oversight, and public disclosure of the cost in blood, taxes and honor.

Politicians Play General, Generals Play Politics (Part 3)

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

We engage Military.com columnist Jeff Huber in a wide-ranging discussion that begins with his new novel, Bathtub Admirals.

Petraeus Stars In McCain Fundraising Letter

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

** UPDATE BELOW ** Jake Tapper at ABC News notes: On Monday, Memorial Day, Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen wrote an open letter to troops ...

Petraeus Hearings --- More Obama than McCain?

Max Bergmann and Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann and Ilan Goldenberg

As the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, you'd think John McCain would show up. But instead he is in California campaigning and fundraising.

Jason Linkins

Webb And Petraeus Square Off Over Iran Diplomacy (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Spencer Ackerman, writing for the Washington Independent highlights two key portions of today's confirmation hearings for Generals David Petraeus and ...

Jason Linkins

Petraeus Promotion Just One More Crony Replacing A Commander

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There's little dot-connecting going on between Petraeus' promotion and the testimony he proffered less than a month ago.

Virtue Out of Necessity: Bush Troop Decision Disingenuous

Lawrence Korb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

Despite the president's assertion that the withdrawal of some troops represents a "return on success" from his "surge" policy, he is merely making a virtue out of necessity.

Jason Linkins

WaPo's Gerson Tangles Obama, McCain In False Narrative

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Michael Gerson begins his latest piece for the Washington Post by saying, "It is a political error for a candidate to believe that voters who agree wi...