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The Iraqi View: ‘Surge’ Has Failed

The definition of “progress” in Iraq clearly depends upon whom you ask—while the Petraeuses and Crockers of the world are claiming that the U.S. troop “surge” is (slowly) showing signs of success, a BBC/ABC/NHK poll of 2,000 Iraqis suggests quite a different story.

Posted on Sep 11, 2007 READ MORE


Petraeus and Crocker

Petraeus and Crocker Report to Congress

Why bother with transcripts when you can watch Bush’s top Iraq officials spin the “surge” in living color? Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker have their Iraq assessments ready, for your viewing pleasure.

Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE


Fixing the Numbers

The Defense Intelligence Agency has prepared a briefing chart using data drawn from Gen. Petraeus’ command that shows that violence in Iraq against security forces, including the U.S. military, has barely diminished. Petraeus, using the same information, is expected to argue that there has been a major drop in attacks.

Posted on Sep 9, 2007 READ MORE


Looking Beyond the ‘Surge’

This week’s highly anticipated Iraq progress report will no doubt be highly predictable, says The New Yorker’s George Packer, who’s more concerned about the longer view than America’s current leadership, whom he considers to be “trapped in the eternal present” in ways that can only spell trouble for Iraqis.

Posted on Sep 8, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq Is Still a Failure

September, this golden month, promises to be god-awful. We have reached the presumed moment of a turning point on Iraq policy and so the White House wishes to turn back the clock.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


Bush’s Baghdad Shell Game

As the deadline approaches for official assessments of American policy in Iraq, the Bush administration is maintaining a steady barrage of diversions, obfuscations and manipulations.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


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The Real Iraq Progress Report

The recent parade of political tourists to Iraq, during which easily impressed pundits and members of Congress came to be dazzled by the wonders of the troop surge, probably ensures that this murderous adventure will continue well into the next presidency—even if the Democrats win.     

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


The War as They Saw It

With the Bush administration set to offer a progress report on Iraq—assuredly an attempt to make the case for a prolonged surge—seven active-duty GIs have offered their own assessment in The New York Times. Their view, though bleak, is not cynical, but instead a practical approach to the many problems they’ve witnessed during their time in the quagmire.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


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