Petraeus And The Way Out Of Iraq

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno and Gen. David Petraeus in May.

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno and Gen. David Petraeus in May. Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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General David Petraeus spent almost two years as the commander of U.S. and allied forces in Iraq, and in that time, the situation on the ground changed dramatically. Senior Writer for U.S. News & World Report Linda Robinson made 11 trips to Iraq to interview the General and his team, and she's got a new book detailing the military strategy and local strife, plus ideas about the challenges awaiting the next president.

New York Times correspondent Dexter Filkins is in Baghdad now, and he'll report from there about Iraqis assuming responsibility for security in Anbar, plus the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan... Two more countries that will fall under Petraeus's command as the new chief of U.S. Central Command, headquarted in Tampa.



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Will the endgame look like "Victory" in Iraq?

Sent by Barbara Harman | 3:28 PM | 9-10-2008

Al Qaeda Pakistan has always been there and they have been recieving money from the Pakistani government and we give the Pakistani government aid in the forms of money and military hardware.
Pakistan has been a safe haven for terrorists since the 1980s when Afganistan fought Russia, and recieved aid from every administration since then.
When will we use crop dusters on the opium crops? We do have complete air superiority, and bombing houses makes them angrier than dusting crops. They do not need or deserve military bombers, they need crop dusters and closed boarders.

Just think of every heroine over dose as an American killed by Al Qaeda - it is their revenue source and a weapon.

Get the general to kill the poppies and the war is over.

Sent by Christopher M. Brown | 11:34 PM | 9-10-2008

I did not hear the program live. No mention of the money we paid to the Sunnis not to fight? I would have asked if that had as much effect as the surge in the lessening of violence. And what will happen when that money stops?

Sent by ray von rotz (wrotes) | 12:42 AM | 9-11-2008

I do not know if anyone saw the Larry King interview Bob Woodward. According to Woodward, America has a new method of tracking and killing our enemies in Iraq. He said it is the equavalent of the atomic bomb in WW2 its effect. He said the only choice our enemies have is die or leave Iraq. He declined to elaborate as a matter of national security.

Sent by Clifford | 12:30 PM | 9-12-2008

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