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Assessing America's Counterinsurgency in Iraq

Thursday, March 07, 2013

This month marks 10 years since the start of the American war in Iraq. In military operations alone, the war totaled over $800 billion and largely defined by America's counterinsurgency efforts in the region. General David Petraeus, who led American military operations in Iraq, was the main proponent of the ...

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Opinion: I Don't Care about the Petraeus Scandal, and Neither Should You

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Can we stop to think for a second about how staggeringly pointless it is to expect sexual and moral purity from the head of the CIA?

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Despite Resigning, Petraeus Will Testify on Benghazi

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Former CIA Director David Petraeus resigned on Friday, hoping to get in front of the scandal involving Paula Broadwell before it thrust him any further into the spotlight. But Congress has other ideas. Tim Weiner has covered the CIA for The New York Times and is the author of, "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA."

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5 Things We Learned From Obama’s First-in-Five-Months Press Conference

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Until Wednesday, President Obama hadn't faced questions from a room full of reporters since June. What did they want to know?

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David Petraeus and the Military's Culture of Celebrity

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In all the news surrounding General David Petraeus’s resignation, there’s a central question about military culture itself. As Petraeus implemented his counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq, and then Afghanistan, he became a celebrity, an old-school military hero who seemed to have all the answers to America's messy conflicts abroad. Wired Magazine's Spencer Ackerman describes this as the 'Cult of David Petraeus.'

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Opinion: My Afternoon with Petraeus

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

When I met General Petraeus I thought I was in the presence of a great leader. Perhaps I was. But that leadership has been entirely undone.

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Petraeus Scandal Expands

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The scandal involving General David Petraeus, his lover Paula Broadwell, and the woman vying for his attention, Jill Kelley has expanded into a sort of love pentagon. Elisabeth Bumiller is a Pentagon correspondent for our partner The New York Times, and Thom Shanker, is The Times' Pentagon and national security correspondent.

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Opinion: What to Watch for in Romney's VEEP Pick

Thursday, August 09, 2012

An “outside the box” choice won't help Romney all that much, but his use of social media to unveil a pick already has.

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The Legacy of General David Petraeus

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

From February 10, 2007 to September 16, 2008, retired General David Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq. He was the mastermind behind the counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan until July of 2011, when he became director of the CIA. He is arguably one of the most influential military leaders in recent American history. A new biography about General Petraeus comes out this week.

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My List of 2010's Most Fascinating

Friday, December 31, 2010

With just a few hours to go this year, let me add my picks for the most fascinating people of 2010 to the mix:

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This Week's Agenda: Petraeus' Confirmation, Saudi King Comes to DC, Job Numbers

Monday, June 28, 2010

The week was thrown into uncertainty with the death this morning of Sen. Robert Byrd. The New York Times' Marcus Mabry and The Takeaway's Charles Herman, look at that and the rest of the news coming up in the next seven days.

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