Thomas Ricks on Key Threats in Today's Iraq

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Thomas Ricks tells Terry Gross that political progress is scarce in Iraq — and that he's heard some in the U.S. military speak more sympathetically of former insurgents than of the intransigent Shia-led government the U.S. has helped install in Baghdad. Maj. David Olson hide caption

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Washington Post correspondent Thomas Ricks

Thomas Ricks tells Terry Gross that political progress is scarce in Iraq — and that he's heard some in the U.S. military speak more sympathetically of former insurgents than of the intransigent Shia-led government the U.S. has helped install in Baghdad.

Maj. David Olson

Washington Post correspondent Thomas Ricks has recently returned from Iraq — where senior military commanders now say that the key threat facing the U.S.effort isn't terrorists, it's the intransigence of the Shia-dominated government.

Ricks, a regular Fresh Air guest, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the best-selling Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.

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