Surge

After Sen. John McCain gave his most recent excuse for opposing the nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, which is that Hagel was "disagreeable" to George Bush and was mean to him after we found ourselves lied into invading Iraq, Read more...
McCain was in full grumpy old man mode during the confirmation hearing for his former friend and colleague Chuck Hagel this Thursday -- and he really was not happy when he didn't get an answer that suited him on Hagel's criticism of the troop surge Read more...
[media id=7292] Thomas Ricks thinks that the Iraq war is far from over. "This year we're in now, '09, is going to be, I think, a surprisingly tough y Read more...
The Surge in Iraq essentially became a plan to bribe militants with guns and barrowloads of cash to not attack US troops and that left the core corr Read more...
[media id=6992] Sarah Chayes went to Afghanistan to report for National Public Radio just a few weeks after 9/11, then stayed to become one of the fe Read more...

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And it's 1..2...3..what are we not fighting for? Via Kevin Drum comes a piece in the NYT looking at the powderkeg of factional tensions in Mosul. T Read more...
Amy Goodman talks with Nir Rosen about his Taliban embed. Nir Rosen imbedded with the Taliban for his latest report on Afghanistan, out now in Roll Read more...
McClatchy reports that the new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq is almost complete and that it " warns that unresolved ethnic and sectaria Read more...
[media id=6447] [media id=6448] (h/t Heather) While declining to land any personal blows on John McCain, Barack Obama remained cool, confident and Read more...
Earlier, John Amato noted that General David Petraeus is using phrases like "Long struggle", "not irreversible", "still hard", "many clouds on the hor Read more...