Petraeus, tell us something we don’t already know

The American Prospect
by Matthew Yglesias

04/08/08

General David Petraeus’ testimony Tuesday and Wednesday of this week will be another chapter in U.S. foreign policy’s long-running ‘is the surge working?’ debate. The General and Ambassador Ryan Crocker will offer up some good news counterpoints to the not-so-good news out of Basra from the last weekend of March. But in the ways that matter, there’s no need to debate in the present tense — the surge isn’t working, it’s already worked, and the question is what the Democrats plan to do about it. To evaluate the surge, you have to consider its goals...

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A convenient culprit

Guardian [UK]
by Dilip Hiro

04/08/08

Early reports suggest that in his testimony to a congressional committee today, General David Petraeus will claim that the Iranians assisted the Mahdi Army militia to fight the forces of Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki in the recent week-long battle in Basra. He is expected to offer this “evidence” to oppose any reduction in US troops in Iraq.This is the latest instance of Washington dangling the Iranian menace to persist in its disastrous course in Iraq, starting with its illegal invasion of the country on false pretences...

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/dilip_hiro/2008/04/a_convenient_culprit.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Did Petraeus part ways with the neocons?

The Real Story examines General Petraeus' testimony and the contending forces in Iraq.

http://therealnews.com/web/index.php?thisdataswitch=0&thisid=1314&thisview=item



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