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The Gamble

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas E. Ricks secured hundreds of hours of interviews with top military commanders in Iraq. The result is his new book The Gamble, which takes an in-depth look at General Petraeus's surge strategy and the the Iraq War from 2005 on. You can read Thomas Ricks blog here

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Thomas E. Ricks

Comments [6]

Joe from New Haven

Israel / Palestine = 2 State Solution
Suni / Shiite / Kurdish Iraq - 1 State Solution
Hmmm????
As an American who detests Bush, having read the book "Tell Me How this Ends" I actually found much that was uplifting about and Petraus / Crocker and their teams. "Team" is the operative word here. This was no 1 man show. Tireless, patient, brave and brilliant people working in a sysiphean hellhole (for a lot less than $500K per year by the way)and having a positive effect dispite daily deadly setbacks. By the way, when one looks at the US military's post 2006 Baghdad unsurgency clearing strategy and tactics as well as the tireless hunt for political solutions it really makes Israel's incursion into Gaza look shameful (and far less effective) by comparison.

Feb. 12 2009 06:18 PM
Nancy Torok from Metuchen

I almost shut the radio off! Hicks really depressed me; he was ultimately giving no hope: all problems (US military in Iraq until possibly 2025?) and not a hint of a solution.

A bummer.

Feb. 12 2009 12:53 PM
A Listener in Chicago

please ask him what he thinks about the future of newspaper journalism, especially national and international coverage.

Feb. 12 2009 12:36 PM
RC

Is Iran the real winner in Iraq? And does see Muqtadar El Sadr becoming a future leader of Iraq since he seems to be a Shite Nationalist.

Feb. 12 2009 12:31 PM
Sunny from Harlem

Rick's description of General Petraus's courage and wisdom makes moveon.org's character assasination of the General even more shrill and wrongheaded

Feb. 12 2009 12:28 PM
Steve (the other one) from Manhattan

Leonard - please ask him about the view that the surge had little to do with the decrease in violence - that the real reason was that the ethnic cleansing was largely complete by the time the surge started.

http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSN1953066020080919

Feb. 12 2009 12:12 PM

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