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Iraq Surge

Bush On Iraq: "My Measure Of Success Is Victory - And Success"

The Swamp | Mark Silva | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Bush was asked today what he says to critics who see no end in sight in the war in Iraq - is it an open-ended war? And he effectively said i...

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.

The 100 Years Defense Makes No Sense

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ilan Goldenberg

Whether it's fighting in Iraq for 100 years or just staying for 100 years under some fantastical scenario where our troops stop being targets, McCain's idea doesn't really make much sense.

Jason Linkins

$3 Trillion Campaign Reveals The Cost Of Quagmire | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three trillion dollars is a lot of money. So much that it's hard to get your head around. You shouldn't feel bad about it, after all, John McCain ca...

Iran Top Threat To Iraq, U.S. Says

Washington Post | Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week's violence in Basra and Baghdad has convinced the Bush administration that actions by Iran, and not al-Qaeda, are the primary threat inside ...

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Pelosi Calls Out Petraeus For Parroting Bush Spin | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

We noted yesterday the bizarre way that General Petraeus' testimony changed between his Tuesday appearance before the Senate committees and his Wednes...

Bush: General Petraeus "Will Have All The Time He Needs"

AP/Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AP Reports: President Bush on Thursday ordered an indefinite halt in U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq after July, embracing the key recommendations of...

White House And Pentagon Agree That Iraqi Forces Remain Unprepared To Take Over Security Mission

The New York Times | THOM SHANKER and STEVEN LEE MYERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Bush prepares to address the nation Thursday about the state of the Iraq War, The New York Times is reporting that the White House and Pe...

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Petraeus Shifts Sharply On Basra, Aligns With White House Spin | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Perhaps sensing that his testimony on Tuesday was undermining the official White House version of events in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus today offered a ...

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Crocker Continues To Conflate Sunni Resistance With al Qaeda | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the problems at the root of the so-called "surge" is that it was sold as a means to bring about a broad reconciliation between warring factions...

The Senators Grill Petraeus; My Brother Messages Me From Iraq

Kelly Nuxoll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kelly Nuxoll

As the Senate hearing on Iraq was winding down, I received an IM from my brother Sam, a soldier in Iraq. He's asking the same thing as the senators: "What are we doing here?"

As Petraeus Testifies, Baghdad Teeters On Edge Of Erupting

McClatchy Newspapers | Leila Fadel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Army Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker were critical of Iran when they testified Tuesday before the Senate, barely giving credit for an ...

General Petraeus Iraq Hearings: Updates Here

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***LAST UPDATED 4/9 1:17pm*** Click Here For Videos Of The Hearings --- Petraeus Won't Say He'd Advise New President On Withdrawal: Spencer Ackerman...

Baghdad Orders Lockdown As Petraeus Testifies

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Unauthorized vehicles will be banned in Baghdad from 5 a.m. to midnight on Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the city's capture by U.S. troops, the ...

General Petraeus: "We Haven't Turned Any Corners. We Haven't Seen Any Lights At The End Of The Tunnel"

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The top American Commander in Iraq told two separate Congressional committees Tuesday that the progress touted by the Bush Administration was "fragile...

Petraeus Iraq Hearings Videos: David Petraeus, Ryan Crocker, John McCain And Carl Levin

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***LAST UPDATED 4/9 11:44am*** ***Click Here For Updates On The Iraq Hearings*** --- General David Petraeus' Testimony Before House Members, Part 1...

Petraeus Iraq Hearings: General Testifies To Congress

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

McCain Wants To Avoid Looking Like "Eager Cheerleader": The New York Times notes that John McCain "risks looking like an eager cheerleader if he heaps...

John McCain Iraq Progress Speech Interrupted By News Of Green Zone Attacks

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, making the case for the "unmistakable progress" in Iraq. A telling moment in hi...

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N.Y. Times On Iraq: Awash In Symbolism | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Via Yglesias, we find the New York Times mealy-mouthing their way through Iraq war reportage: The Green Zone attacks Sunday were, symbolically at lea...

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Wall Street Journal Pregames Petraeus, Discounts Dissent | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On one level, it is fortunate that the Wall Street Journal, a day before General David Petraeus arrives on Capitol Hill to re-engage his attempts to s...

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Chris Wallace, Bill Kristol Chat Up An Iraq War Fantasy | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace and Bill Kristol had themselves a tidy little conversation on an Iraq War. I say "an" Iraq War, because whate...

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McCain Clueless, Contradictory On al-Sadr's Influence In Iraq | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For all of John McCain's claims to both foreign policy experience and a keen understanding on what needs to be done in Iraq, it seems that with each p...

Shiite Fighting In Iraq Exposes Weakness Of Iraqi Security Forces

Washington Independent | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

This week, the final U.S. Army brigade deployed to Baghdad as part of the troop surge returns to the United States. And that's only appropriate, as th...

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Letter From A Soldier: Answers You Won't Want To Hear | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

McCain claims that he is a break from the flawed strategy of the Bush administration. But the Iraq miasma is not the result of a flawed strategy. It is the result of a flawed concept to begin with.

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Dana Perino, The Gift That Keeps On Giving: A Neverending Surge | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Years after missions were declared to have been accomplished in Iraq, it's still difficult to get a straight answer out of the Bush administration as ...